Just once, almost a week ago. Doctors said it actually looked like folliculitis but it tingles and burns like an HSV outbreak, and it certainly did look like HSV when it initially came up two months ago- it even turned into an ulcer at that time. I should also mention that I was initially diagnosed two years ago, and they said that it looked like folliculitis at that point too.
The common denominator here seems to be sex- I notice a recurrence, wait a day or two after I think it’s healed, have sex with my boyfriend who is a relatively new partner of mine, and then notice an uptick in symptoms a day or two later. It doesn’t scab over anymore, just kind of calms back down. We’ve been using lots of lube and I’ve been on extremely high doses of suppressive meds the whole time.
My doctor raised an interesting question- could this be an outbreak that has turned into folliculitis if I haven’t given it enough time to heal before having sex again? And my therapist asked a different question- could I be “allergic” to my boyfriend and our mismatched body chemistry is just causing recurrences? I think the former explanation is more reasonable than the latter.
Either way, this continues to be a problem with no end in sight, although the turnaround time is seeming faster each time. I am desperate for it to stop. I need my life back.