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    Old 04-18-2008, 10:33 PM   #1
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    New HSV-1 Diagnosis...need advice please!

    This is going to be super long, but I am really broken and need some advice.

    Three weeks ago my monogamous partner of two years and I went on vacation and he got a pretty bad case of sunburn.

    5 days after we came home we had a night of really intense oral sex. I have very small sensitive breasts and am usually against him sucking too hard on them but we were both really into it that night and in addition to the oral sex, he was sucking much harder than normal on my nipples.

    Over the next few days, my nipples were very sore and sort of chaffed but this seemed appropriate. About 5-6 days afterwards, I started getting flu like symptoms, and my nipples seemed to be getting worse instead of better. I had body aches, chills (but no fever), and worst of all, diarrhea for the next 4 days. I took immodium and vitamins and was putting neosporin on my not healing very well and extremely sore nipples.

    From having diarrhea for all of these days straight, I started to get a really sore bottom, which seemed normal for how gross I had been feeling. The diarrhea went away, but I was starting to get really worried about my nipples. They were both now starting to look as if I had sore bite marks on them, although this is not what had happened. I felt embarrassed, because it looked as if I had not known when to say when, but I called a gyn I had seen here in New York (I moved here 4 years ago and have yet to find one I really like, so I have been going to different ones each year).

    I made an appointment for her to look at my nipples, and she felt that there was not an infection, but to be on the safe side wanted me to go on antibiotics because of the human salvia factor. She suggested using lanolin cream on them. She also asked me if anything else was going on and I told her I was having a really sore bottom from a stomach flu. She asked me I wanted her to look at that to since I was there and I was like sure, why not.

    As soon as she looked at my bottom, she said this looks like Herpes. I started freaking out and saying there just sores from diarrhea/wiping and she was insistent that I should have a culture and blood test done. She also gave me prescriptions for Valtrex and Zovirax, but said I could wait to fill them until my results came back. I did however start taking the antibiotic she put me on.

    Still in shock, I had both done and came home feeling awful. That was Tuesday. Not long before we began dating, my partner and I had both been tested for STD's, although he is sure he was tested for herpes but unsure if it was only for Type 2.

    During this week, I went through every emotion, I was actually feeling angry at this gyn for throwing this at me, when to me it seemed clear that it was not herpes. I had my partner examine me and there were two tiny sores, but my whole anal area seemed red and inflamed. I had no irritations or sores in my vaginal area.

    Today, I called for my test results, totally expecting her to say that they were negative. Instead she said that my culture was positive for Type 1 herpes and my bloodwork was negative for both. She explained that this indicated I had never been exposed to the virus before and this was a first outbreak. She said that my partner must have Type 1 herpes and must have given this to me. She said to go get the scripts filled and call her after 7 days of taking the Valtrex to come in.

    After having a mini meltdown, I am coming to terms with this. My partner did not and has never that he remembers had cold sores. I mentioned the sunburn in the beginning, because in reading tonight online I found that this can cause a dormant virus to reawaken. Has this been anyone else's experience?

    What I am really concerned about now as well is my nipples. I was so shocked when she gave me the results that I didn't ask her about this, but again after researching tonight I see that what may be going on is herpes on my nipples as well. When I was at her office, she never mentioned this either. Can anyone share if they have had this experience? Now that they are healing a bit more and looking really close tonight, it does look like small blisters are underneath what was more of a wound before.

    As I said, i am feeling so broken and worn out. My nipples have been so sore now for almost two weeks, and it is extremely painful still to have a bowel movement. Seeking any advice on similar situations, things to eat to feel better, vitamins or herbal remedies...any help would be so appreciated.

    Thanks so much

     
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    Old 04-19-2008, 02:42 AM   #2
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    Re: New HSV-1 Diagnosis...need advice please!

    Well, it does happen that people have oral herpes and never know it and infect their partners. He could have had it since childhood. So you don't have to worry about him cheating. I read once that sometimes women get herpes outbreak on the nipples but it never comes back. Type 1 herpes in the genital area either never recurs or does so infrequently (once a year) and the recurences are mild. The first outbreak though, as you know can be terrible.


    Once the symptoms subside, you will feel much better. Read through the board and you will learn a lot more.

     
    Old 04-19-2008, 06:42 AM   #3
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    Re: New HSV-1 Diagnosis...need advice please!

    And thank God for a doctor who knows what she's talking about!! Your Gynie is correct - the negative bloodwork/positive culture combination does mean that it's a recent infection. You definitely want to keep this doctor - most Dr's don't have their facts straight when it comes to herpes.

    Your partner may or may not have actually be tested for herpes prior. STD screening tests don't usually include herpes tests. So unless he actually said "I want to be tested for herpes", he likely wouldn't have got the test.

    I haven't heard of herpes on the nipples before, but it actually makes sense from your description. The abrasiveness would have given the virus an avenue to infect the area more easily. And both areas were infected at the same time. I'm not sure about the sunburn factor... for myself though, I got the virus in the same way. Rough oral with someone I've been with 2 years, who didn't know he had the virus.

    The Valtrex will help get your outbreak under control. Once it has cleared up, you will be able to start dealing with having the virus. It sounds like your partner is going to be there for you, which is great. It's a process... kind of like grieving actually. It's normal to be paranoid about what's happening down below for ahwile. It's normal to cry about it a lot. But you'll get through it. And we are here to answer any questions you may have.

     
    Old 04-20-2008, 08:20 PM   #4
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    Re: New HSV-1 Diagnosis...need advice please!

    Almost the same thing happened to me. I've been with the same person for almost 7 years now, and all of a sudden out of nowhere, I got diagnosed with HSV-1 as well. And I also had them on my bum. My fiance has never had a cold sore, but people can carry the virus, and not have any outward signs of it.So, that might be where you got it from.

     
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