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Gender: F
Age: 39
Married:
State: MS
Country: usa
Experience...
At the age of 18 a few months after the Birth of my 1st child, I were feeling pain and buring in my private area, I went to the doctor thinking it were something to do with childbirth, I got the worst news of my young life, I was confused, crying, and I remember asking my doctor if there were a cure for this, she said no, my world crashed. I never told anybody not even the man whom I no gave it to me. It have always been a hugh weight on my shoulder.Over 20 years now, I never taken any meds, but my outbreaks are so frequent now I am starting a vitimin regement now, I hope it will work or i will have to get some type of meds. I had both of my kids natural without any problem, I do think this is a desease that will consume you life if you let it, when you know you body it will make it easy to deal with, I think this disease is stressful it self so it hard not be be stressful. [47567]

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Gender: F
Age: 20
Married: N
State: MN
Country: USA
Experience...
I am 20 years old, I have been with my boyfriend for about a year and a half. A week before Easter in 2011, I found out that I had HSV-2. I had experienced some pain in my clit and didnt think anything of it. My boyfriend and I kept having unprotected sex and just thought he had bruised me pretty bad. As a few days passed the pain got worse and worse. I had gone in on Wed. and the doctors said I had Vaginal Infection and a Bladder Infection. I went in a couple days after that becuase I had noticed that I was getting little sores, or at that point bumps. I was telling my boyfriend about them and the best way I could describe them was little zits under the skin. He said if they had not gone away by saturday he was taking me into the doctor. The next day I was in so much pain, I couldnt walk, or lay still without being in so much pain. I then called my mother and she told me to go in. The nurse didnt have to do any tests, she looked at it and told me straight there that I had developed HSV-2. I sat there and I cried in my room for about an hour texting my boyfriend when he was at work. He told me to come there and tell him what the doctor said. I was so ashamed to tell him, but I did. I was scared he was going to think I was disgusting, or dirty. I have had many thought about leaving him just so he didnt have to deal with this since he is clean and lucky he hadnt gotten it yet. He told me hes not grossed out by it and its something that happened to not just me but to "US" he promised me he wouldnt leave me because I had developed herpes. He has helped me so much, he sat at work and researched it so much. I sat at home and I cried all day and he sat down and did more research with me that night. Today is the worst pain I have ever developed, I couldnt fall asleep because the pain is so bad, and the itching is so intense. Im still tryin to learn more about it and see what I can do to get rid of some of the pain and the iching. Its a work in progress and its only my first out break. But im really lucky that the guy im with still wants to be with me and is helping me threw this as much as he can. He stays up with me till I fall sleep and tries to help with the pain and iching and makes sure that I am ok before he thinks about himself. He is helping me change my eating habits and helping me exercise more, we walk almost every day, we roller blade, and he takes me to the gym so we will see how this all works out. Thats my story I look forward to ready others stories to get to know little more about HVS-2 since I know absoutly nothing about this std, and it hurts to much to read about it on the internet becuase they make it sound so much worse then what they should. [47563]

Gender: F
Age: 45
Married: N
Experience...
I`ve never had a initial outbreak, nor do I get outbreaks. I know I am positive due to a positive anitbody test. Some of your questions in this survey seem a bit outdated. We no longer routinely use cell culture for testing. Everything is ELSIA antibody test or PCR for antigen. You don`t give any options for people who`ve never had an outbreak and what exactly does "are you a carrier" mean? If I have a positive antibody test, that means my body has seen the virus, but without detecting actual virus via antigenic PCR, how can we 100% say I am a carrier? Sure, I can be asymptomatically shedding, but even that is diffucult to detect. We can`t differentiate this from other viruses that people are routinely vaccinated against. We get vaccinated for measles and polio, thus would anyone would throw a positive antibody test for these, but that doesn`t mean they are a carrier. Yes, these other viruses are RNA viruses and do not have the ability for latency, so comparison to the neurotropic herpes viruses is a bit of a stretch (and herpes is a DNA virus). I take vit D3 to ramp up my immune system and I take zinc supplements, as it is known to interfer with viral transcription. I`m pretty sure that this combination is why I have never had an outbreak. I take daily antivirals only to prevent my partner from becoming infected and we use condoms religiously. [47560]

Gender: F
Age: 20
Married: N
State: nj
Country: united states
Experience...
I had a herpes infection to the point where i could not even walk,was very painful huRting,crying.i couldnt even spread my legs apart. The pain was sharply there.I didnt even like leaving my house knowing of how sharp my pain was and that i was suffering with the herpes std. Those were my experiences due to the genital herpes. I experience foul smell odors down inside of my vagina area.i had to be perscribed perscription pills by my family primary doctor judith riley lowe. Prayers from god are always answerd as well, as my mother would keep me in her prayers. Now less pain, hurtness, and crying. [47559]

Gender: F
Age: 43
Married: Y
State: Md
Country: Prince Georges
Experience... I just found out that my husband of 7 years exposed me to the virus, when I would see the blister on his penis, I never thought that it could be vd, why? it didn`t look like it to me or maybe I just didn`t know what to look for, when I asked him the only time I did see it, what was it, he stated that is how his penis looks all the time, I told him I have never seen it there before and have not seen it there since that one time, that was almost two years ago, I just recently had a pap smear this year, in February, and got my results back 2 weeks ago and I am positive with type 2 Herpes, but how? when? is all I can think, I asked him to get checked by his doctor, in which I thought he did the same time I had my physical, he said the doctor didn`t check for anything like my doctor did, I`m so sad and hurt how could he have given this to me and not have known he had it? HOW? now recalling back, after reading the information I found here, I have had an outbreak too, and I thought I cut myself with razor! now I`m afraid to start the medication given to me by Dr. will it cause me to have breakouts more frequently now? so many questions, will I now start getting sick with viruses, my body use to be able to fight, I use to never get sick, ever, I have had 2 colds this year. NOW WHAT DO I HAVE TO EXPECT FROM THIS DISEASE? ANGRY AND SCARED!!!! [47556]

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Gender: F
Age: 50
Married: Y
State: TX
Country: US
Experience...
I contacted HSV-1 from having oral sex with a man who showed no symptoms, but his wife and son had outbreaks of cold sores. He said he had never had one. I was shocked when I went to my doctor with what I thought was a yeast or other vaginal infection to hear him say it looked like herpes. Four days later the results were in. I have only seen one bump and it is gone. I guess I didn`t know what I had until it was nearly over. I am hoping that this one time will be my last. [47550]

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Gender: M
Age: 20
Married: N
State: Georgia
Country: United States
Experience...
I first noticed an abnormality of excessive itching in the genital area. It was nothing to me because I never considered the possibility because i knew the people which I was have sexual relations with. After about two days of the itching sores developed; again, I disregarded these as well. I guess this was the "denial" stage. The sores went away in a month and, in my head, I knew it was over and was glad because this obviously meant nothing was wrong. One or two months later they came back along with the itching and I decided the it was time for some research which only answered my fears. There was no other possible answer and I decided I wasn`t going to take a $150 dollar test to answer the obvious. Now I`m still here left with so many questions and fears. Fears that I`m never going to have a REAL love life with kids. Questions that ask how long before a cure, how does this effect my life expectancy? Herpes use to be a laughing matter in high school sex-ed class; now, it`s a nightmare. To some degree it feels as fearful as being confronted with having cancer. [47539]

Gender: F
Age: 25
Married: N
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Experience...
I find that it shows at first like a pimple and then after about a day it changes to a blister, and then gets insanely itchy and painful, I have been using aloe vera gel and tea tree oil, about 1 unit of tea tree oil to 4 units of aloe vera, the combination is incredibly helpful to relieve itch and some pain associated with the soars themselves. I highly recommend the solution, it also seems to quicken the duration of the outbreak. [47534]

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Gender:F
Age: 53
Married: N
State: CA
Country: USA
Experience...
I had 3 healthy babies by C-section even with active herpes infection. (stress and hormones made outbreaks frequent during pregnancy) I was sexually active for 6 years with a non-infected partner who did not ever contract the disease. We used condoms, and I never had any outbreaks near the time we would have sex. I always tell my partners about it well before we become intimate. I have found that the stigma is much worse than the actual disease, and that the fear of the disease is really overblown. [47531]

Gender: F
Age: 32
Married: Y
State: AL
Country: USA
Experience...
I am pretty sure I contracted herpes in a relationship when I was 20 years old. I had a single sore/raw spot and never saw a true blister form. The possibility of herpes did cross my mind at some point after the sore reappeared a time or two in the exact same spot. I looked up information on the Internet (which in 1998 was not quite as expansive as it is now) and it kept referring to a horrific primary outbreak. I honestly believed that my symptoms did not sound like herepes. I can`t be sure how often I noticed the symptoms in the early years but I know it was not particularly frequent. Soon after I met and eventually married my husband. Since I did not know nor truly suspect herpes I was never careful and as we have always had a very active sex life I am sure that we did have intercourse during times that that single sore was present. Eventually he, too, developed a tiny sore on his penis. His never was bad, either, though I did notice it definitely looked like a very tiny cluster of tiny blisters. I was pregnant wiht our second child by then, so I asked my OB to test me. It was positive for HSV2. I felt like a fool. We had already been married for 5 years by then...how did I not know that I could have this? My OB prescribed Valtrex to take during the end of the pregnancy and I was able to vaginally deliver this baby as well as my third child with not problems. I apparently had herpes with the first child, too, and since I was not aware we did not use any kind of precaution. Luckily there was no problem then, either. I am still annoyed that there is no routine screening for herpes. I feel that more people might be more careful if they actually knew. I know I would have! The person I contracted it from had a basic STD screening, which didn`t include herpes. [47527]

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