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  1. Thank you for the good advice @PositivelyBeautiful. My gut is telling that is the right plan of action as well. I've never been the type of guy to just have flings so its ironic that the one I had led me to the situation I am in now lol. I'll be sure to let you know when something happens.
  2. Im really nervous about disclosing to a girl I have been talking to. I am a senior in college and have had hsv2 for about a year. One stupid hook up after a bad break up changed my life in a way i never expected. Over the past year I have not only disclosed to two separate girls who were both completely accepting, but I have learned to accept and love myself once again. I just need some advice right now... I go to an extremely small university. The school is 1000 kids total. There is this girl who I have been talking with and am starting to like. We have gone on some dates and she has said how much she likes me. Although I am very excited about this, it scares me. Unlike the two prior girls I have disclosed to, she goes to my school... It is for this reason I am so nervous to tell her because if she is uncomfortable with my situation, I feel as if her even mentioning it to anyone would spread like wild fire around my school and id be known as the guy with herpes... I like her and like spending time with her but I don't want to lie to her and lead her on by trying to keep my diagnosis a secret (ps we aren't having any sex or anything). I just don't know if the risk is worth it... :/
  3. Hey Everyone, I was diagnosed with HSV2 about 8 months ago. I have been really lucky because after my first out break, I hadn't experienced another one for 6 months! This gave me a lot of optimism that things wouldn't be so bad after all. Get an OB every 6 months or so, I can do that. However, I just woke up this morning to find another OB. This new one makes 3 OBs in the last 2 months... Didn't feel any prodromal symptoms, just showed up. How can I go 6 months without any OB to having 3 in the last 2 months..? Sure Im a college student with plenty of stress but its the end of the semester and stress is letting up. This is starting to get really discouraging... Any words of advice or input?
  4. Pretty cool articles surrounding current efforts in developing a vaccine. http://medcitynews.com/2014/10/herpes-vaccine-maker-genocea-reports-positive-results-year-first-dose/ http://medcitynews.com/2014/10/race-tight-genital-herpes-vaccine-agenus-genocea-announce-positive-data/
  5. Really awesome interview @Adrial (Mr. H Opp). Made my night to listen.
  6. Hey Prettyinpinkrn, Around my initial OB, I experienced some of the same worries regarding my enlarged taste buds, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. I got a oral swab done and it came back negative. Like you are about to do, I did schedule an appointment with the nurse practitioner that I originally had seen about my first OB. She told me it wasn't anything like oral thrush but basically a reaction to the antivirals I had begun taking (valtrex). She suggested I take a pro biotic and sure enough, my taste buds have reduced in size. Hope this helps!
  7. You all are so funny lol. Not gonna lie, I had a bit of a downer kind of day but you all have cheered me up with this thread.
  8. Oh definitely, I have done A LOT of research and understand how asymptomatic viral shedding happens. My question was prompted after watching this...
  9. Thank you both for the insightful feedback. I have had HSV2 for around 4 months now and have not had any reoccurring complications since my initial OB. Hoping things will stay that way! lol
  10. I've always heard that the chances of transmitting genital HSV2 orally is a very small percentage compared to transmitting it genitally. But why is that? How can HSV2 magically prefer or "know" the difference between skin in the oral region versus the genital region?
  11. Hey Man, I am a male in my 20s, had my first out break 3 months ago and was prescribed the exact dosage of valtrex you had for 10 days as well. Im sure you already know this, but the first out break is typically the worst because your body has not build up any antibodies to help control the virus. I personally think your body is still building its resistance to the Herpes. For me, my first outbreak was mild in physical sores but serious with flu and fever like symptoms. After I finished my 10 days of valtrex, all sores were gone but I still was dealing with swollen lymph nodes and off and on flu symptoms. Ironically, I had a "second" outbreak of sores a week after I finished taking my medication. However, I believe this to be a continuation of my first outbreak. (First outbreaks can last up to 4 weeks in some cases). Just stay strong buddy, it gets easier. Since my initial outbreak, I have not had another nor experienced any symptoms. I'm hoping the best for you.
  12. I really like the idea of this post man, thanks. Before Herpes: Long term relationship that failed... rebounded with unsafe sex vs After Herpes: More knowledgeable, safe and hopeful for my future. Like you said, finding more meaningful connections with people. First found out: After being sick with flu like symptoms for a week and finding out, I was terrified to tell my family and I felt like a leper. VS 3 months later and I am hopeful I will be for the most part, asymptomatic. Emotionally I am doing okay, physically I can't tell I even have HSV2. Just working on becoming a stronger individual (school, working out, creating new relationships and nurturing old friendships even more) I have read the tread talking about you disclosing to your current girlfriend now, really happy for you man. I am hopeful I will someday be able to experience that type of connection. Much love, Logan
  13. I have wondered something about a deficiency as well... I plan to visit the doctor within the next couple days... I'll keep you posted.
  14. Thank you for the insight. I have an ora-brush which is just a soft bristled tongue cleaner. If I don't clean my tongue every night, my mouth feels absolutely disgusting in the morning. Might consult a doctor about it... Just so sick of having to have so many doctor's appointments in the past month lol.
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