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  1. Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and new to HSV-2. This forum has really helped me understand the virus and how to cope with it. Everyone here is so supportive and great. Two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with HSV-2, first visually, and then a culture test to confirm. When I was diagnosed visually, the doctor put me on Valtrex for 7 days. My first outbreak was uncomfortable, but still manageable. I was mostly upset when I found out. I started the meds after 3 days of noticing sores. I've been in a monogamous relationship for a year, so my natural reaction was that my partner cheated on me, but after educating myself, I realized I could have had it a long time ago and now just experiencing my first outbreak. I told my partner, and he said it could be from him, but he's never been tested positive. Anyways, I decided to stay educated and figure out how to fight this in the long run since it's with me for the rest of my life. After my 7 days of meds, I decided to go off of it - until another outbreak started to happen. All the lesions from my first outbreak has now healed over. Right now, I'm off of my meds but I am feeling this constant tingly sensation on my upper buttocks. It's sensitive to touch, but bearable. My genitals have this constant itching feeling. I've been off of Valtrex for 3 days now, does this mean I'm having another outbreak? I'm having all these prodrome symptoms, but I don't see an outbreak. Should I go back on Valtrex? Did anyone experience this? I heard that my body is just trying to build up antibodies at the moment to fight the virus. I would much rather stay off the meds if I can. I've been taking supplements such as vitamins and lysine. I also have an appointment with a naturopath to figure out a natural way of coping with this. But what I'm really hoping for is to never have another outbreak - which I know is unlikely. Any type of support or suggestions on this matter would be greatly appreciated!
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