Name: Emma
Age: 21
Sex: Female
Occupation: Nurse
Type: HSV Type 2 of genitals
Year infected: 2003
OB per year: Currently 2 per month

Method of control: Acyclovir 400mg twice a day for the last 3 months, to little effect.

Prodromes: Intense itching followed by a cluster of blisters in the groin and erythema of the mucous membranes. Usually lasts 6-7 days.

My story: I had been with my boyfriend for 1 month. I was originally diagnosed with thrush for 2 months and given hydrocortisone cream. Eventually I was signed off work sick as I was in agony, the skin around my vagina and anus was raw and it was agony to urinate. I ended up in hospital and my gynaecologist tested me for everything, but nothing came back positive so I was sent home on antibiotics and Tramadol. 2 days later my first blister appeared and I knew I had herpes. Tests confirmed this and I was devastated. My boyfriend recognised my symptoms as being similar to symptoms he has had in the past. As I have come to accept the diagnosis, I have learnt that herpes does not have to control my life. It is only one part of me. I have not yet get my OBs under control, but I have made positive changes to my lifestyle and hope to find the right medication for me soon.

Medical Experiences: Mostly good, apart from one Specialist who I told the surpressive therapy wasn't helping. He replied "You'll just have to learn to live with it then."