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lilyluv
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Jan-11-18, 04:06 AM (CST)
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"Genital HSV 1 Recurrences"
 
  
Hi Guys,

Firstly thank you for this forum. Its helped/ing!

Story (as short as poss!)

6 years ago I believe I had my 1st outbreak of genital HSV 1 - the lesions I has where very spread around my anal area and didn't really hurt - the skin all around was red etc etc. Went to both GP and Private sexual Health clinic here in UK (almost impossible to get a same day appointment on NHS here in UK) both said was thrush and NO ONE SWABBED! (Can you believe it??)

Anyway I had what i now know where 2 recurrences in the first year. One about 5 months later - skin burnt for a bit before, one sore on perineum under vaginal opening. It didn't hurt or itch, just stayed open for about a week and healed by 10 days.

6 months after that I got some weird leg nerve stuff and low and behold a small sore but this time (about an inch away from 1st recurrence) on inner bum cheek. Took a week to be fully gone. Again not painful.

2 years went by and nothing. Then after a bit of rough sex another small sore under my vaginal opening that cleared up in 5 days. (tiny bit of burning skin before it came out).

To note - during all this time I have had one sexual partner who gets cold sores so I wasn't too worried.

3 years and nothing again. Cut to New years eve of 2017 (split up from long term partner about 18 months ago no sexual partners since). I fool around with a hot younger guy. We did not have sex but he was inexperienced and very rough with his hands! I woke up the next day feeling sore and bruised from all the dry humping and fingering.

That took about 24 hours to calm down but low and below 72 hours later (4 days after new years) I got a sore under my vaginal opening again. So finally went and got it swabbed. Its come back positive (PCR DNA SWAB) for HSV TYPE 1. Just as I thought. I had a feeling it a night of non sex rough passion may trigger something....

However about 24/36 hours after that sore appeared and AFTER I'd had the swab another sore popped up a little to the left of it. Usually I have only had one sore pop up . I was pretty raw after the new years eve madness from all the fingering and dry humping which makes me think I was way more sensitive down there (also lack of sleep, stress etc).

Is it usual to sometimes have a bit worse of an outbreak with a couple of sores for GHSV1? None of it is severe. The original sore i had swabbed has healed in 5 days and the second one on its way out (its been 5 days since that one showed up so everything gone in a week) I guess I maybe a little paranoid that it could be HSV2 as well? Is it just a bit of a worse outbreak of type 1 due to all factors mentioned above? would a sore popping up in a recurrence 24hours after the first one be just the same recurrence because everything more sensitive than normal?

My understanding from the clinic that took my swab is that it would show both HSV1 and HSV 2 if they were BOTH present?

Any experience with GHSV1 recurrences would be much appreciated.


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Rajahadmin
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Jan-11-18, 10:25 AM (CST)
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1. "Knowledge is power."
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Since you know that you have GHSV1. the potential advantage is that you would be unlikely to infect a new partner if they already have it orally due to their having an existing immune response to it. It is probably worth knowing if you also have type 2 so as to be able to inform potential new partners. Hopefully, your recent swab will give you that information. Was the new swab for another PCR or was it for a culture? The unfortunate thing about cultures is that we can trust a positive result, but not so much a negative. A type specific culture should show both types if present.

Yes, rough sex can trigger an outbreak. If you have frequent outbreaks, consider suppressive antivirals, but it doesn't sound like that is the case.

Let us know how we can help further.

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lilyluv
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Jan-11-18, 11:16 AM (CST)
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2. "RE: Knowledge is power."
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Hi Rajah,

Thanks for getting back to me.

I might have been confusing above. I've only had one swab - which was a PCR DNA. This was last week and came back positive for GHSV 1 only.

My head has started messing with me a bit as at the time of the swab i only had one sore (the one that was swabbed and came back positive for type 1). This is consistent with my small recurrences over the years.

However about 30 hours after that sore was swabbed I developed another small sore about a cm away from the first sore. I have only ever had one sore with a recurrence.

Should I be worried that the second sore is GHSV2? or can i assume it was part of the newly diagnosed GHSV1.

I ask because I've never had a second sore pop up in a recurrence so its confused me...

Let me know if you are also confused by this post!


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Rajahadmin
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Jan-11-18, 03:03 PM (CST)
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3. "If you just had the PCR last week.."
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it would have caught GHSV2 if it was present. Herpes is a sneaky virus and it often plays psychological games with our minds, but only if we let it. I think you will be fine.

"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Paraphrased from Mark Twain


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lilyluv
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Jan-12-18, 02:55 AM (CST)
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4. "RE: If you just had the PCR last week.."
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   it really does right? Just when you think you have a handle on it.... Thanks Rajah. I would be interested to hear about others GHSV 1 recurrences also. I guess I fall into the 50% average for recurrences rate. Although it seems to get a year longer each time... 2 years... then 3 years....


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