May 10, 2015 at 6:54 pm #6632CuriousParticipant
Hi Terri, I think I messed up on wanting to ask more questions under the first initial thread that I had started. Hopefully you can go back and see the recent stuff we spoke about.
Anyways, after a couple of weeks and seeing a nurse practitioner about my conditions and concerns I finally chose to put this behind me and live as if I don’t have genital herpes and I do have hsv1 orally. However I still have this weird discomfort lingering below the waist, itching very slight warm sensation on thighs. So I contacted a friend of the family who is a doctor back home, explained my conditions and requested a script for valtrex. It was only a 5 day supply and now on the 3rd day of taking this medication I think it’s helped with my symptoms.
So now I’m really confused and anxious. I’ve heard from 3 healthcare providers that it’s extremely rare to get the same strain in 2 different locations on the body. I remember you also said this and that you’ve never seen it 33 years of practice, could I be the first one? I don’t know what to do anymore about this.
Do I have it genitally? Or is this something that valtrex would help subside?
What would you suggest for me to give me some peace of mind?
It’s been 4 weeks since my break up with my last partner and I’d like to start dating again and seeing other people but I’m terrified I could give them something, something that I don’t even know if I have. How do I go about this? Just tell them I might have herpes before we become intimate?
I’m always gonna use protection I just don’t want to deal with that talk if it’s not 100% true.
What would you suggest I do next?
May 10, 2015 at 9:34 pm #6633Terri WarrenKeymaster
It is extremely rare to get the same strain in a new location. And if you plan on giving anyone oral sex, you are more infectious from your mouth, by far, than from your genitals from HSV 1. My advice – move on! Stop this worrying and observation of symptoms in the genital area. Live your life fully and focus your attentions on the people you care about about the passions you feel in your life about other things. More than half the population has this somewhere!
And any new partner should be tested before sex because 80% of those with HSV 2 don’t know it – they could be in that group, right?
June 16, 2015 at 6:55 am #7372CuriousParticipant
Hello Terri, I’d like to start off by saying thank you for doing what you do, I can only imagine the amount of pressure you deal with on a daily basis trying to help individuals in the world.
Unfortunately I’m back. I’m still… Having some weird symptoms on and off in my genital region. At this point I’ve exhausted all efforts trying to get help and get some type of diagnosis and im seriously lost as what to do/who to see next. I’ve been to planned parent hood they think I’m fine and said they can’t diagnose me with anything without any visual symptoms and my profile they have they tested for herpes 1 and 2 and it came back negative for 2. My urologist swears up and down I do not have herpes and prescribed me with a one dose pill of diflucan for what seemed to be a possible make yeast infection. That seemed to be doing the trick until 2 days later I unexpectedly had unprotected sex with my x girlfriend.
So I contacted a family friend who is a doctor and he prescribed me valtrex for a few days and that did nothing. So that leads me to believe I do not have herpes unless you need like a 2 week cycle for the medication to work. So recently I contacted him again because it’s much easier and cheaper then going to a doctor here who has little to no knowledge on std’s in general. He prescribed me diflucan and recommended I take one dose 150mg weekly for 2 weeks. I hope to god that this works so I can continue my dating/sex life with a clear conscience. If this doesn’t work who do you recommend I see or what should I do?
So sorry for yet another question I’m just really feeling down and hopeless and there’s not many people to talk to about this issue.
June 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm #7374Terri WarrenKeymaster
I think to get through this you are going to have to challenge your thinking a bit.
And you need to stop taking Valtrex if you want to have any confirmatory testing done. Do you want to have a herpes western blot to confirm that you do not have HSV 2?
Weird sensations in the genital area don’t equal herpes. If you tested negative for gonorrhea, would you still believe that you had it? If you tested negative for syphilis, would you still believe you had it? When you start to worry again and assume that you have herpes, you need to remind yourself, every time, that you test negative for HSV 2, that you don’t improve with Valtrex, that all of the doctors and nurse practitioners you’ve seen believe you don’t have herpes. Every time you start to worry, you need to remind yourself of these statements.
You mentioned that the Diflucan was working until you had sex with your ex girlfriend. What happened then that made you think you had herpes once again?
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