Name: Nadine
Age: 23
Sex: F
Occupation: Linguist
Year infected: 2000
Type: HSV 2

Prodromes
: an irritating itching in the immediate area of the coming outbreak. Sometimes the itching will be replaced by a needling feeling. I guess I'm glad I don't have some of the other symptoms like the burning thighs and stuff.

Method of control
: When I feel an outbreak coming on I am supposed to take 2 Zovirax 200 mg capsules 3 times a day for 5 days. The pharmacy on base doesn't have enough supply to keep writing me prescriptions though so I have been rationing what I have. The Zovirax really helps with the irritation so I try to take one three times a day and for only as long as I have the outbreak. I'm waiting for my next prescription to come in through a mail order pharmacy. I wish it would hurry up because I'm having a really painful OB now.

My Story: I got it from a guy that never told me he had it. I wasn't sure if the guy I was dating was the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He was sure I was meant to be with him, but I wasn't. We had been fighting on a daily basis and when you are 10,000 miles apart that is tough. I went out one night with a friend of a friend and we hit it off great. He made me laugh and smile and forget all the fighting and stress that had recently been a part of my life. That night we were intimate or at least tried to be. Too much alcohol made it difficult for him. We tried without much success to have intercourse for about 10 minutes. I freaked out because of my boyfriend back in the states and told him to leave. Two days later I had a terrible itching in my pubic region. The next day I had blisters. I knew something was wrong and I suspected herpes. I got online to find out all the information that I could on it. I couldn't find any pictures but everything I read sounded like what I had. I flipped out and asked a friend to go with me to medical. I cried a whole lot and probably squeezed her hand too hard but the initial diagnosis was herpes. They did a screening for other STD's and a blood test for HSV 1 and 2. It came back as HSV2 positive. So that's my story.

Medical Experiences:
great! I know most people have nothing good to say about military medical but they have been great. The girl that saw me isn't a doctor but she is like a nurse and she specializes in the OB/GYN field. She was really impressed by how informed I was and provided me with some other references. She told me to try not to stress too much, eat healthy, and exercise regularly.

Telling: The friend that was with me knew and then the boyfriend in the states. I won't even get into that one because I could write a book on that story. He did accept me though. The only family I could tell was my sister. I feel like it would kill my parents if they knew.