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Can herpes go away on it's own? I had one outbreak 20 years ago.

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Old 02-21-2008, 08:55 AM   #1
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Smile Can herpes go away on it's own? I had one outbreak 20 years ago.

When I was only 16 years old, I was "supposedly" diagnosed with herpes. I was very young, and believed the doctors, they were military doctors, which I have learned to NOT trust over the years.

Anyway, I supposedly was having an "outbreak" when I was 16 years old, it only happened that one time. They never tested me, they just looked at it and said I had herpes. I am now 36 years old and I have NEVER seen any sign of herpes ever since I that one break out at 16 years old.

I have never had any signs of herpes, no blisters, no sores, no nothing, never. I now call myself "herpes free". I don't know what happened, or if I ever even had it. But can it just go away on it's own?

I have been through an enormous amount of stress in the past 20 years, even hospitalized for the stress and depression, and I still never broke out, even during the most stressfull of times.

How can this be possible? Can you get herpes once, and never get it again?
Or do you think I received a false positive from a doctor?
Thanks for your help.

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Old 02-21-2008, 09:04 AM   #2
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Re: Can herpes go away on it's own? I had one outbreak 20 years ago.

It does not go away on it's own but it is possible to be dormant for many years. It does sound like there is a good chance you were misdiagnosed. You can still get a blood test to confirm if you have type 1 or 2. Would be worth it for the peace of mind. Don't panic if you have type 1 though. Most people test postive for it.

Old 02-22-2008, 03:07 AM   #3
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Re: Can herpes go away on it's own? I had one outbreak 20 years ago.

same thing happen to me. broke out in blisters, was sore. went to dr immediatly she looked at me and said-- you have herpes. that was about 8 yrs ago. no problem ever since. now i found out about 8 months ago i have high risk hpv.. but always normal paps. wonder if thats what i had to begin with. or if herpes can give a positve test for hpv. so confusing.

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