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  1. So heres just an update for the last few days. Have to vent sorry! I was told i do have herpes, i was put on valacyclovir and everything is starting to get a small bit better, still painfully waddling around :( I finally told my family, id say that has been the hardest part of it all. Its difficult hearing the pain and disappointment in my parents voice as i explained to them everything thats happened. My partner was seen by a doctor today and was diagnosed with both HSV1 and HSV2, so its easy to say that we both had a nice emotional upset together today. Its been hard, i feel really emotional about this entire thing, I cry really easily. Pathetic, i know. But i have been trying to remain optimistic, life could be a lot worse, and one disease isn't going to stop me from the life I've want to live. Ive been doing a lot more research than sleeping lately, and I've come up with a few things that might help? Taking echinacea for your immune system, L-Lysine supplements and avoiding foods with high levels of the amino acid arginine. Have you guys tried any of this, and has it helped at all? I also really appreciate the support and advice Lelani and Carlos, the link to the website helped calm me down and put things into perspective that we aren't alone! Thank you guys.
  2. I am an 18 year old girl and in the first 2 months of my college experience and absolutely loving it, until the other day. After having sex with a new guy that I am truly starting to have feelings for, I woke up the next morning with a lot of itching. thinking it was just tearing, I didn't think twice about the possibility of an STD until the bumps starting showing up. I starting searching on google symptoms and pictures and practically sprinted to the student health center. There they tested me for STDs but i have another 2 days until the tests come back. The doctor believed it was simply an allergic reaction to a lubricant, however more symptoms have been appearing that makes me think, both i and the doctor were trying to convince myself that it wasn't herpes. I am so unbelievably scared, and in a lot of pain. (the medications they prescribed for my "allergic reaction" have done nothing but make it worse. Its spreading more, and the stinging and swollen glands hasn't subsided. Even worse, the guy started having flu-like symptoms and is feeling really sick. I can only hope that he hasn't contracted it from me, or even the other way around. I have so many emotions going on, I can't even imagine telling my family. I feel so guilty and scared that I've just ruined my life. I really don't want to have this disease but after all my researching I'm starting to come to the conclusion that i have it, before i even find out. I don't have anyone to talk to because i don't want it to get out, fearing the stigma of being a "Whore" with STD's. I am so scared.
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