(Closed) Genital herpes, anyone?

posted 6 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m in PA school, not a physician assistant yet, but I can tell you what I know. 

 

1. Prophylaxis medications + condoms is the best way not to spread the virus. 

2. The virus can still spread without an outbreak, so you may have the virus in your body. The incubation period is couple days to about two weeks… so maybe you do not. You should have your obgyn test for HSV. 

3. Viral shedding can occur without blisters. Prophylaxis meds usually keep the viral load low. 

4. The first outbreak like you said will be painful. 50% of people will have a 2nd outbreak within the next year. Typically the recurrent outbreaks are not as painful, less blisters and resolve quicker. In general, VIRAL infections, HSV reoccur more often if you are immunosuppressed. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sonomagal:  I don’t have answers to your other questions, but I do think it is reasonably likely that you have contracted it by now. I would get tested just so you know whether its something you still need to worry about catching, or if you need to learn more about what to expect for you you do contract it. Personally, I think that if you have not gotten it yet, you are still pretty likely to contract it in the future. From what I remember from health class, you can have it and have no symptoms for long periods of time. Also you’re not older than my mother :).

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You can contract it even without blisters but the odds are lower.  I would avoid any sexual contact with him while he has an active lesion.   

This link should help:  http://www.webmd.com/genital-herpes/guide/partner-faq

 

http://www.herpes.org/herpesinfo/smartliving.shtml

I worked as a women’s health nurse and had patients with lesions and they can be very painful.  I would avoid it if I could if I were you.  If you are careful, you may never get a lesion.

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