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  1. Thank you for the response @mr_hopp. I’ll pass that information onto him. I know, he said the same thing! New doctor, pronto!
  2. Where are you located? In Canada an sti screen does not account for HSV. It’s also not covered by OHIP so you have to pay $160 out of pocket to have a blood test done. This blood test detects antibodies that are produced once you have been infected with HSV. There are two different antibodies according to what strain you have (HSV-1 or 2). It does sound to me like you could very well have it. The girl you had relations with has had cold sores in her mouth and that is in fact HSV-1. Also, you can contract it even when there isn’t a sore present (which I’m sure you are aware of already from doing research). I wouldn’t give up. You know your body better than anyone else and something just doesn’t feel right...
  3. From the sounds of things, he seems like a really decent guy! He knows you very well and you are both in the healthcare field so I’m sure he knows quite a bit about HSV too. I say you risk it. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by his reaction. In all honesty, I was just diagnosed a month and a half ago with gHSV-1 and I have randomly told people at my workplace. I feel that telling people about it releases the shame that we feel surrounding it. Everyone has been so kind!!
  4. So my boyfriend has oral HSV-1 and he’s been having reoccurring symptoms of having it genitally too but they are mild. His symptoms are pain during urination, and a few minor bumps. How do you go about testing for it genitally at this point? The bumps he gets don’t break open with fluid so a swab couldn’t be done to detect it. His family doctor did a blood test for antibodies and it came back positive for HSV-1...his doctor clearly doesn’t know much about it as he said “Good news! It came back positive for HSV-1 so you don’t have it genitally. Only HSV-2 is genitally and HSV-1 is oral. 🤦🏼‍♀️🙄. He’s not sure where to turn at this point but he needs answers. I have it genitally (I contracted it from him) and had a severe outbreak so getting results was easy and therefore I am unfamiliar as well.
  5. I was just diagnosed with gHSV-1 a month and a half ago in the midst of my first outbreak and I’ve had constant outbreaks since (I’m in the beginning stage of my fourth). I barely notice them aside from the awful prodrome days prior to the outbreak in the backs of my arms. It’s hard to ignore. I also feel slightly under the weather during this time. It’s looking like I will need to go on suppressive therapy so I can have a chance to heal mentally from my diagnosis. It’s hard to get to a good place when I’m having constant symptoms. I’m curious as well as to what people have experienced in the first year of their initial outbreak.
  6. Interesting that you mention your body dealt with HSV better when off birth control. I had my first outbreak a month and a half ago and have had minor outbreaks 3 times since then. I am currently taking Alesse. I’m going to try stopping it to see if it helps.
  7. Hello! I just wanted to tell you that taking lysine daily might not be a great idea. My doctor has a patient that has taken this daily for years and if they miss one pill they have an outbreak. It’s almost like the body becomes reliant on it. It might be best to get lysine through foods or take the pills only when having an actual outbreak.
  8. This reoccurring symptom is called a prodrome and normally occurs before the onset of an outbreak. I contracted HSV-1 genitally just over a month ago and have had an outbreak weekly since then. I account this due to the stress I’ve been under and breaking up with my bf. I have noticed the pattern of an achy, dull pain in the backs of my arms before each outbreak I have had. I know for most people the symptom is in the back, buttocks, or legs. You do not need to wait until the next outbreak to test for HSV. A simple blood test can detect the antibodies your body creates after coming into contact with the virus. The antibodies are different according to the type (HSV 1 & 2) so not only can they confirm if you do in fact have the virus, they can also detect the type. This blood test is not covered by OHIP unfortunately. In Canada the cost is $160. I hope this helps.
  9. The person with oral HSV-1 can contract it on their genitals. Having antibodies in your system does not protect you from transmission to other areas of the body unfortunately.
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