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Pete777 posted:
About two years ago I was diagnosed with HSV1 and 2. This after a month long relationship with a person who had it, knew she had it and did not tell me. Anyway, at first I was very depressed. The first out break was by far the worst. My doctor put me on Famciclovir. Subsequent out breaks were much less severe than the first. However, they came every 60 days. Again, a bummer! However, after the first year, my body seems to have built up resistance. I still take the Famciclovir daily but it has now been 8 months and no out break. I've talked to others that had a similar experience. I post this to tell folks not to stress. After the first year things get MUCH better. I am now in a serious relationship with a very great girl (a registerd nurse) and she is not concerned with my herpes. We use condoms when having sex and have a very active and healthy sex life. So bottom line, don't be depressed. After a short time, you will feel just like your old self. All will be good, trust me.
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west12 responded:
Hi. This is very helpful and reassuring.

I went to a clinic yesterday thinking I was dealing with a cut (down there) from a razor. There was in fact a cut, so I thought no biggie, I will go deal with it. I also noticed two tiny white bumps on the other side. I asked the doctor about it and she didn't seem worried by it. So she told me to wash well and take an antibiotic and I would be fine.

Well, now I have more pronounced uncomfortable itchy bumps, which I'm assuming is herpes. I am incredibly stressed out-- i feel horribly dirty and I can't focus on anything. My ex-boyfriend and I broke up about a month ago, and "on rebound" as some would say, I had sex with another guy, who I am actually "seeing" now. I have known him for three years now, but have never pursued this type of relationship with him. I am really falling for him and I am so embarrassed about my situation. How am I supposed to tell him? And is it 100% fact that I got it from him?

I'll be going to another doctor tomorrow for confirmation on the bumps, but I'm pretty sure there is no mistaking what they mean.
 
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An_240588 responded:
Thank you for your post, it makes me feel much better. I just received a call from my Dr's office an hour ago telling me I have herpes. I'm not sure if it's HSV1, 2 or both. I go in tomorrow to talk with the Dr. I've never had an out break that I know of and from what I've read am not looking forward to it. I was tested before my last partner for everything and was fine and I asked him about being tested too, he said he had been and never had an STD. The whole thing really just makes me question peoples honesty but at the same time I am thankful it is not something worse.

I know I have not had much time to take everything in but the part I am really struggling with is how do I tell a potential partner? I have been dating someone that I am interested in and was tested last week that way if we did decide to move ahead I would be able to tell him I am clean but now I am not. I feel like just ending the relationship or just telling him the most I can be is just friends. I don't want to give this to anyone else.
 
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Violet_26 replied to An_240588's response:
I have suffered with HSV2 for about 15 yrs now - since I was 21. I'm almost certain that my ex gave it to me (he was cheating on me). The outbreaks become much further and far between, than the first few that were awful! I have been on daily Valtrex for several years now, and have gone as long as 19 months without a blister. I am married again now for 4 years. I told my husband up front that I had it, and to this day, he is still free from the disease. We don't use condoms, I just take extra time to make sure that I am not broke out, or when I think I may we don't have sex. There are things much, MUCH worse out there than this, I have learned....but it took me a long time to figure that out! Just be honest with yourself, and the ones that you are intimate with, and there is much less stress involved. You will be ok, it does get easier!
 
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acaldwell3318 replied to Violet_26's response:
Hi, I found out today I have HSV2. It is almost 4am and no matter how many "good" posts I read, I can't comfort myself. I am 23yrs old and I've had only 2 sexual partners.
Fortunately one of them ( my ex bf ) got tested a few months after our last encounter and he does not have the virus. Meaning that it was the other guy, who forced me to have unprotected sex 2 weeks ago. I had a small outbreak that lasted 5 days but I am overly worried about this. Could you please tell me how were your first outbreaks and how long did it take you to feel emotionally better?
 
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abe648 replied to acaldwell3318's response:
Read the very first post and he explains it very well
. Life will go on. Things will get better.
To learn more read the Herpes Handbook. Terri Warren's book The Good News about the Bad News. It is available now as am e-book. Click on The Tiger to get more details.
 
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acaldwell3318 replied to abe648's response:
This web site has been very helpful and I'm thankful it's not something worst or life threatening.

Thank you for replying right away.!


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