June 19, 2019 at 2:18 pm #38544
I have HSV1 G. I had my first recurrence ~10 months after the initial outbreak. I read that 86% of HSV1 G do not get recurrences. Does this mean that I am one of the unlucky 14% that will get recurrences?
Also, in terms of general health, I go back and forth thinking that this is just like chicken pox and its not that big of a deal and this is a big deal and a big impact on my health. My GP told me that he believes it is possible to be ‘healthy’ with HSV1 and that millions of people are.
I guess my question is, is HSV1 G detrimental to my health? Should I be able to do all the same things, like working out, running marathons, that I was able to do before the diagnosis? Im not sure if it is mental or not, but I dont feel like I have the same athletic ability as before the diagnosis.
- This topic was modified 7 months ago by 1709ironman.
June 20, 2019 at 8:15 am #38695
HSV 1 should have absolutely no impact on you doing things like running marathons. Half the population has HSV 1!
I think you might have misread the statistic that you quote. Or you just have the wrong statistic. If a person has not had a recurrence within one year of new infection, there is about an 85% chance that they will not have others. Maybe that’s what you read? It is normal to have recurrences with HSV 1 – on average, about one every other year after the first year of being infected.
June 27, 2019 at 5:32 pm #39682
Thank you, Terri.
Yes, the way you stated the statistic is what I was referencing.
So it appears I am likely going to get recurrences ~ once every two years? I know its impossible to predict.
The genesis of my original question abut being able to workout it stems from my thinking that if my immune system is constantly battling this virus, then my immune system is probably not doing a great job of battling other infections like the common cold or being able to recover from working out like I used to. Does that make sense?
In other words, if my immune system is constantly battling my HSV it isnt able to battle anything else.
Finally, why do recurrences lessen as time goes on?
Assuming I dont get cancer or anything else that will compromise my immune system, will my immune system ever give up on fighting this disease? I imagine being 90 in a retirement home and very uncomfortable if you know what I mean.
Finally, my GP does not suggest I do daily meds, but I recently saw my dermatologist and he did suggest a daily 500mg valtrex.
If I were your patient, would you suggest daily meds or no?
Thank you again!
June 28, 2019 at 8:44 am #39693
Your immune system is very good at juggling multiple things at the same time – this is such a very common infection and I would not worry about it’s ability to fight off more than one thing at a time – it’s doing it all the time, behind the scenes.
People probably get fewer outbreaks over time as their immune system becomes more efficient at dealing with the virus. People who have severe illnesses like HIV or cancer CAN get more recurrences of herpes during those times, but generally, taking antiviral medicine resolves these issues.
I think the only reason to take antivirals now is if you are trying to protect an uninfected partner. Or if you start to have lots of recurrences.
I think you are way overestimating the impact of HSV 1 on your body. I would encourage you to think differently and more accurately about HSV 1 infection.
October 13, 2019 at 3:12 pm #55374
I have HSV1 G, and have had it for ~15 months.
I kissed a girl (short pecks on the lips) a few times this weekend and noticed later that she had a cold sore on her lower lip. I asked her about it and she said that she got it a few weeks ago. I asked her if we shouldnt have kissed and she said I wouldnt get anything…Im not sure why she believed this and I didnt press her why she thought that.
So I thought I would ask the expert…
If it was a cold sore / HSV1, then am I going to get it on my mouth? Does the fact that I have HSV1 G, ‘protect’ me from getting it on my mouth because I already have it?
I washed, gargled and brushed my teeth. I also took a pill of Valtrex.
What do you think?
October 14, 2019 at 4:09 pm #55422
Since you have this genitally, it is extremely unlikely that you will now get this orally. Extremely unlikely!
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October 15, 2019 at 3:35 pm #57063
Thank you Terri.
Unfortunately, my dermatologist responded and seems to think it is possible. So it has me still on edge.
Why do you think the chances are unlikely?
When would a sore appear orally if I caught it orally? The exposure was Saturday night.
I am also feeling like crap right now. Coincidence? Or my body fighting the virus?
October 16, 2019 at 11:42 am #59091
P.S. I spoke to the girl again and she said I am ‘100% fine because she got sunburned more than 2 weeks ago and the sore is from her biting her lip’….still not clear if its from the sunburn or her biting her lip, but wanted to share that additional data….
October 27, 2019 at 9:07 am #62798
Again, if you have this genitally, the chances that you would get this orally (if you didn’t get them both at the same time and are only symptomatic genitally) is so very close to zero. Sunburns bring on cold sores. It’s one of the triggers for outbreaks that we are sure about.
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