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Offline betterdaysahead22

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Herpes and HIV
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:33:01 AM »
Sorry to post all the gross and depressing stuff, but I'm kind of worried I have herpes as well as HIV. Does anyone else have any experience with this?

I feel incredibly upset and kind of want to just give up. I haven't been to a doctor yet to confirm it, but if my worst fears are confirmed - how can i possibly lead a normal life like this? I'm already in a fair amount of physical pain but the emotional pain would be even worse. I just want to hide away from the world for the rest of my life.

Offline mecch

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Re: Herpes and HIV
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2014, 07:58:22 AM »
First, go to the doctor and get a diagnosis for the condition.  Worrying without a diagnosis, and/or self-diagnosis, not good practices.
Second, you managed to control an HIV infection to undetectable viral levels.  If you have Herpes, that can also be controlled with medication.

Some potential sex partners will define me by my various diseases but its important that I feel my life is normal enough. Because whats "normal"?  Its a concept not anything real.   
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline cicero

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Re: Herpes and HIV
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2014, 09:41:56 PM »
Hi betterdays,

It's tough to be in this boat and feel "tainted".

I wish I had magic words to make you feel better other than it gets easier, but it really does.

I do know well the feelings you're having.

But don't give up. You can potentially never have a herpes outbreak again, if you do in fact have herpes (there are a several non-STI conditions by the way that may appear herpes-ish that aren't).  There are tons of people who are HSV exposed but don't know, much like HIV.

At any rate it's tough to think about facing rejection and not living a "normal" life. Being HIV positive, HSV positive, or anything like that indeed sucks. But you will be surprised at how many people out there are open minded.  And also, remember, you're not the only one with these conditions.  For everyone who has an STI, they got it from somebody!

This is my attempt at being comforting.  Take it easy on yourself.  Spend a few days resting and not dwelling on it and you will see you've still got a lot of fun an happiness ahead of you in life.
"How could this happen to lovely me?" -Jacqueline Susann

Offline CalvinC

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Re: Herpes and HIV
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 10:38:04 AM »
Hi.

I found out that I have genital herpes after I tested positive. (Fortunately for me, it doesn't occur *on* my genitals, but in that area.) I can't say that I was surprised to find this out.

Nevertheless, it's a totally manageable condition. You can take a daily pill to prevent outbreaks/transmission. I don't take the pill, myself, as I rarely have sex (due to choice, not inability), though I have some on hand.

Really, betterdays, herpes is the very least of my health concerns, and I never think about it. It has about 0.00001% effect on the quality of my life.

The CDC has a very straightforward take on the subject. Give it a read. Knowledge is power. I dare say that over time the issue will fade for you, as it has for me. http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htm

Cal

Offline zach

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Re: Herpes and HIV
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2014, 11:21:46 AM »
Can be transmitted regardless of being on meds (valtrex?) Virus lives in your spine, suppression is very important to prevent spinal issues. Not just to prevent/treat outbreaks.

Offline BoiBoy

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Re: Herpes and HIV
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2014, 06:16:39 AM »
Hi betterdays,

It's tough to be in this boat and feel "tainted".

I wish I had magic words to make you feel better other than it gets easier, but it really does.

I do know well the feelings you're having.

But don't give up. You can potentially never have a herpes outbreak again, if you do in fact have herpes (there are a several non-STI conditions by the way that may appear herpes-ish that aren't).  There are tons of people who are HSV exposed but don't know, much like HIV.

At any rate it's tough to think about facing rejection and not living a "normal" life. Being HIV positive, HSV positive, or anything like that indeed sucks. But you will be surprised at how many people out there are open minded.  And also, remember, you're not the only one with these conditions.  For everyone who has an STI, they got it from somebody!

This is my attempt at being comforting.  Take it easy on yourself.  Spend a few days resting and not dwelling on it and you will see you've still got a lot of fun an happiness ahead of you in life.
You are beautiful.
I can tell from your response.

Offline BT65

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Re: Herpes and HIV
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2014, 05:06:37 PM »
Can be transmitted regardless of being on meds (valtrex?) Virus lives in your spine, suppression is very important to prevent spinal issues. Not just to prevent/treat outbreaks.

Not unless it is right before an outbreak, or during an outbreak.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline emex27

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Re: Herpes and HIV
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2014, 06:13:16 PM »
I'm already in a fair amount of physical pain but the emotional pain would be even worse. I just want to hide away from the world for the rest of my life.

Hello Betterdays,

When I was at my doctor and was diagnosed in May 2007 with HIV, I had an Herpes outbreak at the same time. I thought it was the end of the world and wanted to just lock myself in a Room, watch TV, sleep and simply wait out my days.... I can imagine how you feel.

I started meds in October 2008 and have been UD ever since.  I have Herpes outbreaks 4-6 times a year on my lower back and Lipo issues due to the 1st HAARTs that contained Stavudine which I took for 2 years. I look 8 months pregnant. I manage my outbreaks with Aciclovir (Valrex) for 5-7 days anytime I have an outbreak. I tried supplements which at one time delayed an outbreak for 6months but that is not a concrete proof. I plan to take a daily lower dose of Aciclovir for 6 months to prevent these irritating outbreaks.

I have traveled to Europe, South Africa, Dubai, China on business and holiday over the past 8 years and I also remarried two years ago.... My wife is negative...no problem.

Like your name....I'm looking forward to "better-days-ahead"

Be Cool! You are a winner...and there are better days ahead.
Psalm 27

 


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