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Dating with herpes - how do I go about this?

Need advice on how to feel less awkward about having herpes and disclosing it to people I am dating. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2016 - 12 answers

Is there hope for HSV+ and OCD+?

Found out the guy I'm seeing, whom I really, really like, has oral HSV-1. I have OCD and GAD and a huge phobia specifically of herpes. Can this work out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2016 - 18 answers

Help me be chill about my potential cold sores

Help me navigate potential oral HSV-1 exposure and my risks of contaminating other people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2015 - 19 answers

Can a HSV1 genital outbreak mean a false positive HSV2 IGG test?

My test results say I have HSV2. I'm wondering if it's a false positive. [more inside]
posted by Jenesta on May 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Should I tell my partner I think I may have herpes before I get tested?

Yesterday after masturbating my penis was unusually irritated. When I looked at it under a good light, I saw several small bumps on the head that look sort of like the pictures of herpes one finds through a Google image search (if smaller and milder). I have an appointment to get tested on Tuesday. In the meantime, do I just keep my lips and pants zipped with my partner, or should I bring it up? (Bonus question: is there some other thing that this might be, given that it only became apparent after the masturbation?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2015 - 21 answers

I was diagnosed with herpes this weekend. Please anecdote me.

I feel guilty that my SO has to deal with this through no fault of his own. Our sex life is amazing and I know this would put a damper on it. He's supportive, but I worry that that might change. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2015 - 23 answers

Herpes 2 vs Shingles?

After being celibate for a couple years, I decided to get a full sexual screening before starting a relationship with a new partner, i.e. good practices. I tested negative for everything-- except Herpes 2 (HSV-2.) (I had the blood test, not a swab test, and I've never had anything remotely approaching symptoms.) I realize most people are asymptomatic, but my question is: I had a massive outbreak of what was visually diagnosed as shingle blisters on my neck last year (Shingles = Herpes Zoster.) Googling shows that sometimes Zoster can be confused with Herpes-2. Is this actually true, or just wishful thinking? What can I do to find out more or get a better test? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Possible asymptomatic herpes and HPV--should I disclose?

Dude, here. 1) My ex-girlfriend of on-and-off three years had periodic oral herpes outbreaks. I've never had an outbreak. Want to kiss new girl. Do I disclose so she can make an informed decision? 2) Two ex-girlfriends in distant past had abnormal pap smears. Do I disclose? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Oct 8, 2014 - 25 answers

Recommended wait between cold sore healing and oral sex

Is there a recommended waiting time between a cold sore healing and performing oral sex on someone who may not have HSV-1? Does the answer change if Abreva warded off the cold sore before it actually appeared? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Statistical Herpes Question

Can you give an estimate of the likelihood of contracting herpes based on this scenario? [more inside]
posted by mockpuppet on Apr 9, 2014 - 10 answers

HSV-1 blood test?

If I got a blood test that said I already had HSV-1 antibodies, could I presumably then not worry about getting it from my girlfriend? I poked around on the CDC website, but nothing really jumped out at me as an answer to this. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Oct 27, 2013 - 6 answers

I have herpes. I want to have casual sex. How can I make this work?

I find myself at a time in my life when I would really like to have lots of casual sex. However, I have genital herpes. I know I need to disclose this to potential partners, and I know how to do that. I would like to know if there is anything I can do to improve my ability to find potential partners who will not turn me down on the basis of my STD status. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2013 - 12 answers

that talk

I've got herpes. There's a 99% chance he gave it to me. How best to tell him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I prevent shingles?

How do I prevent shingles? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Feb 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Herpes: A Grammatical Question.

When talking to a coworker I offered the phrase, "hey kid, go ask your Mom what herpes are.". My coworker responded with "herpes is.". We then started a discussion of the proper use of is/are and could not come to a conclusion. Any insight? [more inside]
posted by JakeEXTREME on Feb 15, 2013 - 20 answers

Dormant herpes - when to disclose?

Hey guys, I'm 28 and I have the HSV-1. One outbreak a year or less, got from my mom, etc. Question: when should I disclose this to my partners, considering there's no outbreak? Options I see are: before kissing, before sex, before oral sex, and before engaging a relationship. Knowing about asymptomatic transmission and how most of the population have it I usually don't make a big deal out of this, but I realize different people have different standards, and that culture has some relevance when it comes to this (I'm originally from another country, where I suspect herpes is less of a big deal than in the USA). Anyways - trying to figure out the correct approach here, thanks!
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Could these really be cold sores?

Could I really be experiencing cold sore breakouts this minor? Background info inside: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Potential herpes infection - help?

I think I might have herpes, and I'm freaking out. Can you give me any advice or reassurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Months ago, boyfriend told me he has herpes. It still bothers me. What now?

On herpes and forgiveness. Nine months into our relationship, my boyfriend told me that he has HSV-2. That was almost a year ago. It still bothers me. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 47 answers

What is this rash around my mouth?

You Are Not My Doctor, but can you help me identify a rash around my mouth? (Pics inside, as well as description that you might or might not think is gross.) [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Nov 20, 2012 - 14 answers

The feline herpes virus also attacks owners' sanity

For months my one-eyed kitty has been battling flare-ups of the herpes virus in her remaining eye. We’ve been the vet countless times. She appears to have other issues including anxiety and possibly allergies. I’ve spent a small fortune, spent hours worrying, and most of all don’t want to be responsible for my cat going blind. Anyone else have experience with this? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Oct 23, 2012 - 13 answers

She said she has herpes - and I don't know what to do

I'm torn... I went out with a girl who was very sweet, and we seemed to hit it off really well. Things started to get a little heated and she suddenly stopped and started to cry - she informed me that she has herpes and wanted to let me know before we got intimate... Now I don't know what to do... and I feel like a jerk [more inside]
posted by strongdad on Sep 13, 2012 - 35 answers

Health issues abroad

I am having my second herpes outbreak in a foreign country. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Herpetic Whitlow Transmission and risks

Considering dating / having sex with someone with Herpetic Whitlow (HSV-2 type) and have questions about transmission risks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me have sex!

How do I navigate being young, sexually active, and having hsv1? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 - 19 answers

Do I have HSV 2 now?

Had unprotected sex with someone who has Herpes HSV 2 and was having an outbreak on her back. Did not know it at the time. I am freaking out so badly I can not effectively google the topic and read the results. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by Francophone on Jan 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Is there any prophylaxis or pre-treatment for herpes exposure

Friend was possibly exposed to genital herpes, wonders if there is prophylaxis treatment before any symptoms would appear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I keep my boyfriend while lowering my risk of getting his HSV-1? (Herpes Simplex 1)

My serious boyfriend has just tested positive for HSV-1, while I have tested negative. We are both panicking, and need good, detailed statistics and math on the risks, reductions, and transmission rates in order to figure out what to do. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 - 43 answers

Diet and outbreaks

Which foods are best for a person with herpes? Also, what about a specific act of sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2011 - 7 answers

I'm worried I might have an STD... or something.

What is going on with this lump in my genitalia? (female) Does this sound like an STD or something else? [more inside]
posted by fantoche on Jun 14, 2011 - 26 answers

Recurring herpes outbreak

Recurring herpes outbreak - every week for 6 months [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Share and share alike

We just bought a hot tub and we are concerned about herpes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 - 7 answers

What's that down there, exactly?

[HerpesFilter] I have been dating someone awesome for about a month now. We have known each other for a year and a half and just started dating a month ago because I asked him out (he missed my first subtle asking out, I drunkenly told him he'd turned me down and he wanted to rectify). I knew he was kind of checked out of the dating game (afaik he hasn't been on another date since I've known him). Then I found out it's because he has herpes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 - 11 answers

cheap herpes antiviral medicine

I live in NYC and do not have insurance. I am having an especially painful herpes outbreak. What is my best bet for getting affordable/generic Valtrex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Not even a vampire could tap me.

Is there a lancet-based or bloodless herpes, hep-c, and/or syphilis test? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Feb 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Freaking out about possibly contracting herpes. Not so appetizing details inside.

Could I have herpes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 - 13 answers

Deeply tired of having cold sores

I've had cold sores on my lips for more than two months, even on antivirals. Please help me get rid of them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 - 30 answers

How can I handle my shame about having herpes?

I have herpes. I am convinced that no one will ever want me again. Please help me deal with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 - 14 answers

Will getting off yaz bring acne back?

Weekly genital herpes outbreak. It's possible it's related to b/c pill - but if i get off, will I get my acne back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Encephalitis Experience

Anyone experience hs1 encephalitis? I have just gotten out of the hospital and I would love to hear positive (or realistic) stories of recovery. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 - 4 answers

How do you get herpes?

I need to know the difference between HS-1 and HS-2 and if I am at risk for getting herpes on my mouth. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 - 11 answers

I lost my virginity and got herpes (maybe)

Yet another herpes post. There's been so many of these lately it's like an ominous sign. My boyfriend has genital herpes. I might have contracted it from him. I have already gone to a doctor and am awaiting test results. Help me/us prepare mentally and emotionally. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Valtrex as a prophylactic?

Is it reasonable to keep a supply of Valtrex around to take after protected casual sex to prevent herpes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Will he still find me desirable?

Last week I was diagnosed with herpes. Will my boyfriend be attracted to me again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 - 17 answers

Herpes -- When to Tell?

New relationship and herpes: When to tell? [more inside]
posted by IKnittedThisSockPuppetMyself on Aug 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Is my doctor incompetent or do I have multiple conditions?

Is my doctor incompetant? I thought it was a UTI, he thinks it's a fungal infection, oh and also herpes and chlamydia depending on when you ask him. What gives? (slight amount of gross). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 - 12 answers

How to handle herpetic whitlow outbreak?

Herpetic whitlow is out of control this season. I am going to set up a doctors appointment soon to ask about being on preventative acyclovir, but how do I handle it in the mean time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 - 2 answers

How to tell my boyfriend that he gave me herpes

I got genital herpes from my boyfriend. How should I tell him about this without making him feel guilty? And what should I do now? [more inside]
posted by dustoff on Jun 10, 2010 - 47 answers

Please tell me about ocular herpes.

Please tell me about ocular herpes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2010 - 9 answers

My boyfriend just told me that he has genital herpes. Now what?

My boyfriend of four months just told me that he has genital herpes. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 - 33 answers

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