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  1. In keeping with this a previous post asking about how frequent symptoms occur, I'm wondering if anyone can share whether they've had a similar experience with what I am going through right now? I keep generally healthy, fitness-wise (although I've had some stressful times in the past couple of months and have been drinking a lot of coffee lately). Since March (so, for the past almost 5 months) I've had constant, continuous outbreaks. As soon as one finishes, another one starts. Like clockwork. I entered a relationship in this time, and we were unable to have sex d/t my symptoms, which I
  2. Just out of curiosity, for anyone who happens to read this - there are the stats and all talking about spreading hsv1 genital to genital, but has this actually happened to anyone on this forum? Or has anyone passed it that way? I know that theoretically it's possible, but does anyone have experience with this happening? Just curious.
  3. My story began with over a year of debilitating sadness. I grieved the loss of the person that I used to be. I cried a lot, I let myself go. I had to come to terms with the loss of the person I use to be. Eventually I mustered up the courage to go on a date and yes, I found love again. We met on PS. I started to wake up, to feel beautiful again. He loved me unconditionally through every flaw and everything that made me the person that I am - including this. He helped me come back to life and I will forever be grateful for that. Things have not worked out between us. Unfortunately it is n
  4. Although it has only been a little over a year for me and I am no where near the place Kirsty is on her journey, I wanted to share these videos with all of you that I recently came across. Kirsty did a TEDx talk and follow-up Podcast with Jenelle from The STD Project on coming out about having herpes, her struggles and pains with shame and guilt, and what she has learned along the way. Hearing her speak has triggered SEVERE emotions in me. I cried uncontrollably watching and listening to her in every audio/video, but in a cleansing "It feels so good to know I am not alone in this" kind o
  5. I had a similar experience when I was first diagnosed! I was renting a room from a very nice lady, who took me to the doctors when I was sick and made sure I was looked after. The day of my diagnosis, in the bathroom I noticed an empty valtrex package on the counter. I was confused, so I asked if it was hers, and told her that's the same medication the Dr had just given me. She then told me about how she'd gotten HSV and HPV from her unfaithful husband. Although at that point in time I think I was still in complete and total denial about the fact that I had this thing, that exp
  6. Today (and everyday) I am grateful for... The amazing people I am blessed to have in my life. For my housemates that brought me flowers simply because they love me and know how my heart's been hurting. I'm grateful for the endless supply of hugs they provide me, and the laughs we share together every day over regular absurdities. I'm grateful for my parents. And for my fur babies. And I never thought I'd say this, but after spending the past year abroad, I am grateful to be back home, frolicking in the snow. Almost forgot how nice it feels to remember all of the blessing
  7. Just want to say that I was extremely close to writing a 'woe is me' post as I've been feeling profoundly low the past while. Then I read this, and it lifted my spirits. You are courageous and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.
  8. "Life isn't happening to you. It's happening for you." -Tony Robbins "We all lose sometimes. We fail to get what we want. Friends and loved ones leave. We make a decision we regret. We try our hardest and come up short. It’s not the losing that defines us. It’s how we lose. It’s what we do afterward." & "Sometimes we have to go to dark places. Things will be better off and you’ll grow. You just don’t know it now." -Scott Jurek, Eat&Run
  9. Also we don't have a vaccine yet because scientists have been busy testing the same type of subunit vaccines for the last several years even though they have been proven repeatedly to be ineffective. This excerpt taken from Dr. Halford's blog: "...a therapeutic HSV-2 vaccine is a high bar to clear, but a prophylactic HSV-2 vaccine should be much easier once we quit wasting our time on Herpevac, GEN-003, HerpV and all the other failed HSV-2 vaccine approaches that promise 100% protection against HSV-2 by immunizing with 1% of HSV-2′s antigens. As soon as scientists in my field wake up
  10. @HerryTheHerp - where did you read that Frazer completed phases 2 & 3? I was sure he was just finishing with phase 1 and we are still waiting to hear the final results.
  11. Hey SG. First if all: I do not judge you and I do not think you're a monster. I am not here to make you change your mind, to give you tough love, to make you feel guilty, or to make you feel bad about your decision. This decision is yours and if you feel comfortable and peaceful with it at this moment, then that is completely your call. But- about pretending you're a symptomatic if he gets it, well let me tell you, that's what the man who gave it to me told me when I was first diagnosed. That he never had a symptom. That he never knew, blah blah. I came to find out later that he had
  12. It's not a cure by any means - from what I understand after reading this study is that it is just *possible* that it *might* alleviate symptoms in *some* people. & yes, with this vaccine (as with any potential therapeutic vaccine) there will ALWAYS be the possibility of the virus being spread Cheers & your daily dose of ... sunshine? :)
  13. Hey Ra! I posted a similar thread asking this question (about the same study) some time ago, but no one responded so I deleted it after a while. The link to the study is: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/236963380_Efficacy_of_the_anti-VZV_(anti-HSV3)_vaccine_in_HSV1_and_HSV2_recurrent_herpes_simplex_disease_a_prospective_study/file/72e7e51a77e0805b17.pdf I too was extremely baffled as to why I hadn't heard of this before - a vaccine alread on the market that could prevent outbreaks?! I dunno, it's worth a shot I suppose - but, I also asked the question on Dr. Bil
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