Name: Simba
Age: 34
Sex: F
Occupation: Office/purchasing manager and student.
Type: HSV2
Yr Infected: January 1998

OB's Per yr: The outbreak I had in January lasted about 6 or 8 weeks. I was on Famvir, Valtrex and Zovirax and nothing helped. I started taking Lysine and quit the
meds and it cleared up. I still get tingling once in a while but have not had an outbreak since. I am one of the lucky ones. Although it has taken it's emotional toll, I am
thankful that I don't have a severe case like the one's I read about on the forum.

My Story: I was diagnosed with herpes in January of 1998. What a way to start a new
year. I was in a 3 year relationship with the man who I believe gave me herpes. We quit seeing each other after about a year and a half because I didn't see a future there. When we broke up he told me that he just noticed some "sores" on his penis and he thought it was herpes but wasn't sure. I asked him to go to the doc but he didn't. I went to my doctor and was tested for all STD's and all of the tests came back negative, including a herpes test which he tested by scraping my cervix. What a relief. I got back together with this man after about 3 months stupidly believing that I was in love with
him. I honestly didn't believe that I could get herpes unless there were active lesions. Our relationship ended in May of 1997. In January of 1998 after I had been with 2 other people, I got "sores" in the genital area. I went to the doc and the culture came back negative. He called me and told me he would like to do a blood test because physical examination indicated that I did indeed have herpes. The blood test came back positive for HSV2.

Looking back, I really believe that I had an outbreak about 3 months after I started seeing him. I had one sore then and it was in the same place that my first sore appeared in January. Very familiar soreness and appearance. I only had one then and I didn't think much of it. I remember that it took about 3 weeks to heal. I guess I will never know for sure.

Telling: When I was diagnosed, I was in a relationship and I told him right away. He was very accepting of it and nothing changed relationship wise. It didn't work out but it had nothing to do with herpes. The second time I had to tell, I had to tell someone I had dated before and had been with sexually at a time I believe I had herpes but didn't know it. I have known this man for 13 years. I saw that things were redeveloping and I
needed to tell. We have the same group of friends and it was one of the hardest things I had to do in my life. I told him face to face and I was prepared for and anticipating the worst. I answered all of his questions and told him what I knew about herpes at that time. When we left each other that night, I told him to call me. I did not cry because I did not want him to think it was worse than it is. He didn't call me the next night and I
finally called him. I had to know what he was thinking. We are together today and we
are very happy.

I hope this helps some of you who read this and if you are new to this, please know that it will get better and there are people out there who will love you for who you are and not what you have.

Good luck to all of you.



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