Re: Saddest day of my life.
Andrew, you and I might be in the same boat. I have been feeling herpes symptoms 3 days after unprotected intercourse, but have not received my blood test results yet. First, don't jump to conclusions! There is still a chance that you might not have herpes. But even if you do, everything will be just fine. I felt like you a couple days ago, but after research and coping, I am in much better spirits. Like you, I am constantly wondering how the heck I'm going to have sex anymore. But after researching on the web, I have come up with a pretty good system. I would encourage you you to do the following:
1. Wear a condom during outbreaks(abstain from sex is best). It's best to not have sex a few days before, during and after an outbreak. This is when you are most contagious.
2. Take an antiviral as a suppressant. From what I understand, you don't need to constantly take an antiviral med to act as a suppressant. Lets say you are going on a vacation one week or on a date, and anticipate having sex; From what I understand, you can take the antiviral a few days before that and it should lower your chance of transmission considerably. I recommended doing more research and talking to your doctor about this. From what I've researched, all the antiviral meds have about the same effectiveness.
3. Use a gel around the base of your genitals. The only product that might possible prevent herpes transmission that I can find is called Divine 9. Not only does it contain a chemical that supposedly prevents herpes transmission, it's also a true water based lubricant which will prevent friction, which can break the skin. A product to look out for in the future is Viva Gel. Viva Gel is the next big thing that might be released as soon as next year. I recommend that you research both products.
4. Don't shave your pubic hair. Pubic hair can act as a barrier to prevent skin to skin contact. Shaving can also cause small micro cuts that would expose your virus to your partner.
5. Maybe take L Lysine, Zinc, vitamin D, and Vitamin C with Bioflanoids. You can also google supplements that bundle these together. These are meant to boost your immune system and help prevent outbreaks. I would talk to your doctor about the dosages you should take.
On top of all this, I recommend learning the different transmission rates between HSV1, HSV2. If you only have Genital HSV1, your transmission rate is extremely low. Does anyone else have any tips? Most importantly, don't feel down. If you are indeed infected, you are going through the worst of it now. The first symptom is always the worst, and accepting the reality makes it a lot harder. You'll be fine man.
Last edited by maverick55; 11-28-2012 at 06:39 PM.