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  1. Had casual sex a couple weeks ago. I told when things were heating up and clothes started flying. She asked a couple of questions and was ok with it. Then we did the wild monkey dance.
  2. Yeah they should make a home-kit, I'd pay pretty well for that.
  3. My visible symptoms of genital HSV-1 are minimal, I've had a cut in the skin maybe once every 1,5 years since I contracted Herpes in 2013. Haven't been able to confirm with a swab because it dries up so fast but blood test and many other factors point to genital HSV-1. Even though I don't have that much visible symptoms I have very annoying daily tingling and prickly feeling in the nerves on my penis which has actually just got worse over the years. As I have these symptoms daily I've been pondering if it means that I'm also shedding daily. So my question is that is there a way to test this somehow? I've heard that they have used PCR test in studies to find out how much asymptomatic shedding is happening on average. Is there a way to do this without finding a scientific study to join...? Thanks! antifragile
  4. Thank you for posting this! I've had very similar symptoms in my genital region for many years (I'm a guy), I've gone to countless doctors and no one has been able to help. I've tried steroid cream but it did not helpk, but I'll go back to a doctor and ask about lichen schlerosis. When you have no visible symptoms it seems that doctors don't take you seriously which really makes me mad. Did the steroid cream help? Do you still have itching and irritation?
  5. Are you sure it's not aphthous ulcer? I get those sometimes with herpes.
  6. Hi, I'm not on antivirals but the reason why condoms seem to work very well for me is that it covers the place where I had my initial outbreak. I don't get a lot of visible symptoms (except for a weird cut that I had this week) but I do get nerve tingling an such on almost daily basis. But it's all quite close to the tip of the penis so it's covered by the condom quite well.
  7. For me it didn't ger better until I adressed the feelings of shame and fears beneath it. Talk openly to a friend or psychologist.
  8. HPV and HSV-1 positive here. Your story sounds a lot like mine 6 years ago. I was loving the casual dating life and very happy with many aspects of my life. After I contracted these I took it really hard and thought I could never tell anyone. The shame was just too overwhelming. It took me a year and a half before I told a girl I started seeing. She didn't accept it but I did tell her which made it easier to tell the next girl I started seeing. Casual dating does become more difficult with this situation but suprisingly few care if it's a more serious thing. I'm in a longterm relationship nowadays. I've noticed that hsv isn' really the biggest problem here. It's the shame that you feel about it. I went through a long depressive period from which I'm still recovering. HSV will not destroy your happiness but shame can. When you feel deep shame for a long period of time it will start to affect your mental well being. Feeling shame is also one of the most stressfull things to your body as it keeps up your cortisol levels. This will start slowly eating away your physical health. That's what happened to me and I was really burnt out a year ago. I'm better now but I didn't get better until I started really dealing with the shame I felt. I know it's difficult, almost impossible, to open up about this in the beginning. But you really should. You need to deal with shame head on otherwise it will eat you up and it can really destroy your life. It almost did for me. If you can't talk about this to a friend, talk to a psychologist. I know this wasn't the most uplifting post but it's something I wish I was told years ago. I lost five years of my life to shame because I was too afraid to deal with it. I hope you can learn from my mistakes. Time doesn't heal all wounds. Sometimes you need face your fears and grow to go forward. That's how it was for me. I hope it's easier for you. af
  9. I've had the same issue for years, itching and prickly feeling. I just started using Valavir and it seems to have helped for the prickly sensation.
  10. Well that's what I'm saying that I have HSV-1 but it might be only on my lips even though I've convinced myself that I have it also genitally. I just haven't found anything else that could explain the symptoms.
  11. I had visible genital warts, I got them burned off at three separate times over a year and they haven not come back since.
  12. @blurneworder some of your symptoms sound very similar to mine: fever, cuts on penis, daily itching and prickly feeling, constant fatigue and brain fog. All started after unprotected oral. I've tested HPV & HSV-1 positivite. I've always had cold sores so HSV-1 doesn't tell me anything new. This might be some other virus that we are dealing with. Unfortunately it is obviously contagious and the symptoms don't seem to go away even after years.
  13. I take B1, B3, B6 complex daily but I havent seen any effects. But I've been drinking apple cider vinegar and honey for the past 5 days mainly to see if it makes me sleep better and I think the itching has been less severe since I started taking it. Just a coincidence?
  14. I'm in the same situation. I've had daily itching (comes and goes several times a day) for atleast 4 years now. I contracted something which is most likely HSV-1 about 6 years ago. Since then I've had itchy scrotum and penis and it just get worse every year. Nothing I've tried has helped.
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