January 24, 2023 at 5:44 pm #80215Done22Participant
Almost 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with cold sores for the first time after oral and vaginal sex(it was miserable).Upon my first symptoms, I had absolutely no genital symptoms. Just oral. I received Acyclovir and the cold sores resolved. However, upon stopping the medication, I started having yeast like symptoms (itching and heavy discharge). I went to the doctor and they said they saw nothing unusual and gave me Diflucan. From then on, every month, I would have unilateral vaginal itching, discharge and leg and buttock pain. It seemed constant. I had multiple relationships since then with no partner having ever coming to me worried about infection.
However, I have been paranoid that this is HSV. I have tested positive for HSV-1 and negative for HSV2. Two different OBGYNS have told me that this is not genital HSV-1. I have never had a lesion and have been examined multiple times. When I take Vacyclovir, it really doesn’t work. Maybe 5 days after taking it I get relief, but then symptoms are back within a week or two. It’s miserable.
I expressed my concerns to my OBGYN while pregnant previously, and she dismissed them and said that it wasn’t genital HSV-1. I was terrified of something happening to my child. She informed that even if someone did have a previous HSV-1 infection, they would pass on antibodies to the baby and as long as they didn’t have active sores, they would be safe to deliver vaginally. However, I feel like I’m going crazy. I have two doctors telling me that’s that is not what it is. Then what is it?! Also, when these symptoms occur, I have a discharge that has a fishy odor. I have been treated for BV and it went away, but came back within the next week.
Please shed some insight as now I’m worried I could have infected prior partners many years ago, since I have been under the impression that these symptoms are not attributed to HSV 1.
I have been married for nearly 4 years, and my husband has never had lesions but I’m worried I infected him.
February 7, 2023 at 5:50 pm #80299Terri WarrenKeymaster
I would agree that it is extremely unlikely that your symptoms are due to genital HSV 1. HSV 1 genital infection is normally quite quiet and is rarely shed or recurs. Your OB is correct that you will pass antibody to your child during later pregnancy and baby infection is highly unlikely, even if you had genital HSV 1. but I really don’t think that you do. You’ve kind of gone down a rabbit hole here – I hope you can find your way out.
I would strongly suggest that your doctor do some bacterial and fungal cultures from the area that bothers you to see if something biologic could be identified.
- This reply was modified 22 hours, 6 minutes ago by Terri Warren.
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