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  1. Hi there, I'm not an expert at this because I'm pretty newly diagnosed (this past November), but I have shaved in that area and accidentally knicked myself twice doing it, and fortunately this did not result in an outbreak for me. So I bet you'll be fine. We can be really great at making ourselves crazy with the paranoia though - hang in there!
  2. Sugarplumfairy, Two of your comments really hit home for me too: "You can lead a man to an std but you can't make him get tested" and "thank you to hsv for weeding out the jackasses faster than my woman's intuition ever could". These are bits of wisdom that I will remember when the going gets tough, those pesky down days :) Thank you for the comments - much appreciated!
  3. I was officially diagnosed with HSV1 on Nov.7. I disclosed to someone I cared about for the first time last Friday. And this is what I learned... 1. Actually saying the words HSV and episode is a lot easier than saying Herpes and outbreak. Using these words made it easier to actually tell him. Thank you to this site for teaching me those tools. 2. After I told him, he did not run away screaming. 3. When telling someone that you have Herpes, you should not be in the middle of a passionate make-out session. No one is thinking straight. I did this, and what happened next was sex (w
  4. I had some flu like symptoms a couple months before my first full outbreak. However, looking back, I also had a small sore that my doctor originally dismissed as an ingrown hair. I wonder now, looking back, if that was in fact a herpes sore. And then I had the flu like symptoms again with the full outbreak.
  5. Thank you for the quick response...my outbreak occurred in genital region (vagina), so it seems I have genital herpes. I'll definitely look at those links above - thanks...
  6. I'm newly diagnosed with genital Herpes and am still learning what I can and can't do. There is someone that I started spending time with just before I was diagnosed and we are still going out on dates, although I haven't disclosed yet. Things are going very slowly (thank god), and we've only just had our first kiss. That's one thing Herpes will definitely do for ya - slow things down.. Anyway, if we do become more intimate and/or I do eventually disclose, if things continue to go well, I want to be knowledgeable about this STD I now have. So some basic questions that I keep getting c
  7. I appreciated this video. I'm newly diagnosed and am struggling with a lot of what that means for how I live my life from here on now. Shortly before I was diagnosed, I had met someone I was interested in, and since then we have still been talking and going out some. However, he has no idea that I have Herpes, and I'm still trying to figure out if he is someone I want to continue the relationship with and disclose to. It seems to put a whole new spin on continuing a relationship when I have Herpes, especially when I'm so new at learning about it myself. However, if I do decide to continue t
  8. Hi there, I'm a 35 year old single mother of two boys and very newly diagnosed with genital herpes and my doctor, while he is genuinely trying, just doesn't seem to know much about it. I am looking for someone to answer a few questions about my symptoms - kind of at a loss as to where to turn to.
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