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  1. I’m glad you’re working on finding a therapist; I think the right one can really help you work through the feelings surrounding this. I have heard stories from people saying they were told “be happy it’s not HIV”, which I find to be dismissive and quite honestly, cruel. You can relieved you don’t have HIV while simultaneously being dismayed that you have HSV-2. I, luckily, was never told anything like that by the doctors I’ve been treated by, but I would not take kindly to a comment like that. I’m sorry you’ve been spoken to that way. My initial outbreak was more systemic- really high fe
  2. No, unfortunately having one doesn’t make you any less likely to acquire the other.
  3. I’m really, really sorry this happened to you. I can only imagine what it must feel like to be a survivor of sexual assault, while simultaneously being a victim of HSV-2. You are stronger than you know, and I applaud you for reaching out for support. You are not alone ❤️
  4. I’ve had two Botox sessions since acquiring HSV-2, and I’ve had absolutely no issues whatsoever.
  5. Yes, this exact scenario happened to me. I tested negative for HSV-2 on a blood draw, and positive on a swab. For reference, blood draw was 2 1/2 weeks after exposure, swab was 3 weeks after exposure. At this point, 8 months out, I might test positive via blood, but, for me, there’s no point in requesting the test.
  6. I’m sorry you’re going through the regret and shame again- those are hard emotions to work through. Have you requested an Rx to help clear up the outbreak quickly?
  7. My thoughts: I’m a bit surprised that the computer history of suicide victims was searched in so many cases; not sure I believe that (not saying you are incorrect or spreading false information, just questioning that as standard protocol in suicides). I am no expert on this though, so perhaps I’m the one who is incorrect. With that being said, I do believe there are many people who contemplate/attempt/succeed suicide after a herpes diagnosis. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t one of them. It’s hard to accept you have a lifelong condition. I do think HSV should be standard on an STI scre
  8. Just want to let you know you’re not alone in your thoughts. I think about this a lot as well- how unfair that HSV viruses aren’t included on standard STI screenings, and how dismissive HSV is as a whole. The thing is, HSV 1, and especially HSV 2, can turn into something more complicated- Mollaret’s Meningitis, which I am now struggling with. It’s not my experience that HSV-2 is a virus that should be shrugged off by the medical community the way it seemingly is.
  9. I just wanted to say that your worth as a person, as a future husband/partner, as a future father is not wrapped up in what viruses live inside of you, how educated you are, or how much money you make. Your worth as those things comes from the person you are, one that is obviously caring and compassionate, hence your weight loss and fear of unknowingly passing this along to someone else. The right woman will be the right woman regardless of your HSV diagnosis. Wishing you the best!
  10. Bumping this just in case anyone else is having these symptoms like I am. It’s not confirmed yet, but after much research, I believe I am part of the 36% of women with HSV-2 that experience Recurrent Benign Lymphocytic Meningitis. Is there anyone else here who has this as well?
  11. Thanks for the reply. I reached out to my doctor and was told that fever/general malaise can be part of the prodrome symptoms. I felt/feel tingling and itching, but have experienced no blisters since the initial outbreak.
  12. Hello, Quick background and a question: my husband had an affair last year, and we separated. I ended up dating and eventually sleeping with one guy one time, and 6 days afterwards got all the symptoms of an initial infection (high fever- 104*, full body aches, etc.), but figured I had contracted Covid up until the blisters appeared. I had the blood test done (negative for HSV-2, positive for HSV-1), and a swab (positive for HSV-2, negative for HSV-1). Long story, short I’ve had HSV-1 for years and never known, and I contracted HSV-2 from the guy I slept with while separated. My husband a
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