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Newly diagnosed and wondering if anybody else has been through something similar?

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Hi everyone.

I’ve recently been diagnosed with HSV-2 and it’s been a hard time. I’m very thankful I’ve come across this forum which from what I’ve read so far is full of lovely and non-judgemental people who offer some excellent advice!

I’m wondering if anyone can relate to my worries/experience?

A bit of background, my boyfriend and I have been together since December last year, as far as we were concerned we were both STI and STD free, I had regular tests at my local GUM clinic and all bloods and swabs were continuously clear. They did however, only test for Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, Syphilis and HIV. Neither of us had ever experienced symptoms of HSV.

About a month and a half ago, we both had our first outbreak. Personally, I’ve never been through anything like it. I had flu symptoms, cold sweats, aches and pains. Down below I was in agony, couldn’t even lay down without being in pain. Unusual discharge which had a heavy flow. I went to the doctors thinking I had flu and maybe a bacterial infection, after being sent to the GUM clinic it was confirmed I had HSV-2, along with a bacterial infection. I got my anti-viral medication and antibiotics and after a couple weeks I was back to my old self. I then came down with a cold, and another outbreak where I got more anti-viral medication, I was so upset and ran-down I think this aided in the second outbreak occurring.

Fast forwarding to the past few days, I noticed and odd swollen section on my outer left labia, I put this down to an ingrown hair as this is quite common for me, however I’ve shaved today and noticed 3 little red spots which look like lesions, and I’m just so upset that in not even 2 months I’m on my third outbreak. Weirdly though, I didn’t feel this one coming on – there was no tingling or itching, I just came across it when I felt a slight soreness when wiping after a wee.

Please can somebody give me some reassuring news that they’ve been through something similar and it’s got better? Also, does anybody have any advice on being intimate with your partner with this kind of outbreak where the ulcers aren’t internal or around my vagina? I’ve done a whole load of research and understand that during an outbreak you are highly contagious, but is it that bad if both you and your partner are HSV-2+? Anyway?

Thank you in advance for any help or advice!

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You can't give your partner "more" herpes since he already has the virus 🙂

Potentially having sex with symptoms could trigger an outbreak for him, or if could irritate you/make your outbreak worse, especially since it is a new infection. I'm not so sure - I did not remain with the person who gave me herpes (he was cheating on me) and I haven't had a partner who also had herpes since him.

Also, if you are having this many outbreaks so close together, it may be worthwhile to ask your doctor about daily suppressive therapy with antivirals, at least for a little while, until the virus calms down a little bit.

I have had herpes for five years and in the beginning it really sucked. In addition to feeling isolated, unlucky, and depressed, I thought everything was an outbreak. You will get used to it, and after a while, it is not such a big deal - I promise! 


 

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My username is "tiredandlonely" because I joined back when I was first diagnosed and I don't know how to change it now. I'm not tired and lonely anymore. Still tired sometimes though 🙂

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Thank you so much for such a quick and comforting reply! 😊

The irritating thing for me is my partner is in the army, so sometimes we have to go 3 or more weeks without seeing each other so I dont know If my worrying I'm going to have an outbreak is causing them, luckily he's only had an initial one.

I'm so sorry to hear of your experience of being cheated on, it's an awful thing to go through 😔

I was thinking about asking for that treatment as well, I'll give them a call tomorrow and see what the doctor thinks.

Have you found that after 5 years you get minimal outbreaks? Thank you for your kind words, I'm keeping my fingers crossed it gets easier! 

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I started valtrex daily about 4-5 months after my initial diagnosis. I had sort of "prodrome" like symptoms for maybe 6-8 months after that, but never had another outbreak. I don't really get symptoms at all anymore. Sometimes around my period I get kind of itchy, but I'm not sure if that's herpes or just normal hormonal stuff going on.

I continue to take daily suppressive meds because my husband is negative for herpes, so I'm not sure what it would be like for me if I was not taking the medication. Eventually, I will probably come off the meds and see what happens.

I think daily suppressive therapy could be helpful, especially since you have limited windows when you get to see your partner. Keep in mind that you can still have breakthrough symptoms while on suppressive therapy (so don't be discouraged if you do), but hopefully your symptoms in general will be greatly reduced.


 

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My username is "tiredandlonely" because I joined back when I was first diagnosed and I don't know how to change it now. I'm not tired and lonely anymore. Still tired sometimes though 🙂

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Hi there...the part of your post where you were surprised by your third outbreak rings true with me...I was diagnosed in February with what I think was my initial outbreak...It was one tiny spot but I was SUPER tired and felt very worn out and not myself...I also had groin pain on the side that has the spot...

my second spot however, two months later didn’t have any of those symptoms...I was surprised to see the spot...which only actually hurt for 1-2 days thank god. Now I feel like I’m just waittting to see when the next one happens...sigh 

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Hiya 😊

Thank you for sharing your experience with me, it's always comforting to know people can relate to what's going on but at the same time I'm sorry you're recently diagnosed too.

I feel the same, now I'm on my third outbreak I worry I'm going to constantly wait for another and another, catch 22 as I think stress may be a trigger for me.

If you think stress may be a trigger for you as well then as hard as it will be maybe we should try and not wait or expect another outbreak as it may bring one on. 

Its difficult being so newly diagnosed isn't it, trying to understand what's you feel like as well as signs from your own body! 

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