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  1. Songbird

    The stats

    Sorry if this is a dumb question but I often read stats like “60 percent of people have HSV1” or “1 in 6 people have HSV2”. If most people don’t have symptoms or get tested regularly, how does the CDC know how many people have H?
  2. Songbird

    Anyone else diagnosed late in life?

    Me too. Or at least a vaccine. I’m glad you’re all clear though!
  3. Songbird

    Anyone else diagnosed late in life?

    Nope. Never tested. Actually, I assumed H was part of the STD panel offered by my GYN - so I THOUGHT I had been tested. This has been an educational experience.
  4. Songbird

    Anyone else diagnosed late in life?

    Kbh0929, wow 25 years! This virus is crazy. I’ve read that it tends to rear it’s head in people who’ve been living in dormancy a little later in life. I’m 41. I’d love to see stats regarding how many people in long term monogamous relationships or are celibate have their first OB in their 40s or 50s.
  5. Songbird

    Anyone else diagnosed late in life?

    I empathize completely!!! After being in a monogamous relationship for almost 7 years, I was confident my days of worrying about STDs were over. I honestly thought I knicked myself shaving and had a cut that got infected, so I went to urgent care and got antibiotics. Shock of my life when they called the next week and told me my sample tested positive for hsv2
  6. Songbird

    Anyone else diagnosed late in life?

    Marco619...right?!? And ironically the added stress could cause another OB.
  7. Songbird

    Anyone else diagnosed late in life?

    Thanks Sarahsfocus. I really appreciate your input! I made a post in the just diagnosed forum hoping to hear from some of those folks. I’ve read that it’s possible for H to stay hidden for years - but I’ve also read that usually the initial OB occurs shortly after infection and is the worst; your antibodies will squash it down after a few years. These 2 points seem contradictory so it’s confusing.
  8. Songbird

    Anyone else diagnosed late in life?

    Just diagnosed with hsv2 by culture at 41 after my first noticable outbreak which consisted of a single blister, some minor swelling and a day of prodome leg pain. I’ve been with my husband for 7 years. He got the igg blood test and tested positive for hsv1 (which was news to us) so I must have picked up my hsv2 before him. I’m still trying to wrap my head around why this just popped up now.
  9. Hi everyone, I had my first OB about a month ago. I had about a day of pain shooting up the back of my legs followed by some swelling of the immediate area and one blister. I’ve been with the same partner for almost 7 years and never noticed anything that resembled a blister down there, so I assumed I’d knicked myself shaving and it got infected. I went to urgent care, laughed it off when they asked about herpes, gladly accepted my prescribed antibiotics for the “bacterial infection” and went on my way. The swelling went down and the blister burst within a week so I was pretty shocked when I got a call letting me know my swab tested positive for hsv2. I could not get an appt with my GYN for over a month so I’ve been reading as much as I can online. One thing that confused me: I read that the initial outbreak is usually the worst and generally occurs shortly after infection. I’ve also read it’s not uncommon for people to have their first OB years after contracting the infection. This seems contradictory. If the initial reaction to the infection was so mild I did not notice it, why did I suddenly have an OB years later? Shouldn’t my immune system have beaten it down by now? Or does it take a blantant OB to really get the antibodies going? My husband got the igg blood test and tested negative for hsv2 (yet he has hsv1...which was news to us) so obviously I picked this up a long, long time ago. I’m just trying to wrap my head around why I just had my first OB now. I just started a new job and have not been getting enough sleep. I get that. But I’ve faced worse stressors in the past 8 years. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated. Still a week until I see the doc.
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