Well, after lurking in the shadows and just reading all the great information and such here, I guess it's time to make an appearance.
I am a 25 year old male, and have known about by HSV-2 positive status since the beginning of June. I had a few outbreaks before getting tested, though I shrugged them off as something else. It wasn't until about my third outbreak that I recognized a pattern and decided it was time to get tested. The typical reactions of being scared, alone, and dirty all were what I felt. Not to mention my phobia of needles! I got the results, and pretty much already figured that I was positive. 4.79 is what my IgG was at that time. I have not been tested since.
I was with a girl before then, on and off for about a year. I am pretty sure that is where I contracted it. She was not very loyal, but I was blinded by my feelings and continued forth anyways. Lesson learned; Once a cheater, always a cheater. Now, unfortunately, I have a constant reminder of that.
I am by no means the type of person to sleep around. I have been with 4 women total. I tend to enjoy committed, serious relationships, rather than flings. Why? I had a huge fear of contracting a disease.
I have not had another outbreak since being tested. I do work in the Veterinary field, I know what Lysine can do for cats with Herpes virus. I started on 1000mg once daily. I started also taking a multivitamin once daily. It seems like periods of extreme stress are my triggers. I spoke with my chiropractor (no insurance, so I don't have a GP) about my condition, and believe it or not, he was actually pretty knowledgeable about HSv2. He was not a big believer in Lysine, instead he recommended that I take Licorice Root every 2 hours if I have an outbreak, and Echinacia wouldn't hurt, either. Thankfully, I have not had to resort to these yet. Anyone else have experience with these?
Speaking of stress, I am sure I will be experiencing another OB in the near future, as I have started dating a great girl that a friend of mine introduced me to. So the discussion is going to have to come up at some time, I am sure.
Well, I feel a little better getting things off my chest. I have only told 3 people of this so far, so hopefully I can be an active part of this wonderful community. I apologize for the long and random post. There are many things that run through my head, and my fingers don't work quite as fast as my brain. All in all, my fears have come to life, but I have come to realize that this is not the end of the world, and in a strange little way, may actually be a blessing in disguise.
Thanks for listening, all Can't wait to get to contributing to this Forum!