I have had gh since 1987. My first husband had it while we were dating and didn't bother to tell me until I came to him all upset with this painful, itchy, pimple like area on my polly that wouldn't pop. Instead, he handed me some Acyclovir/Zovirax ointment and then told me that he had caught it from a girl that didn't tell him until it was too late years before. He assured me that it really wasn't a big deal. I was young and naive and didn't know any better. 27 years later , I am still living with it, but have mastered what can be a real pain in the puss. I only have an outbreak maybe 3-4 times a year and it only last for a couple of days. Stress, menstrual periods, or anything that weakens your immune system will exacerbate it or cause it 59 come on. The number one thing above anything that you can do to minimize it is NOT TO SCRATCH THE AREA WHEN YOU FEEL AN OUTBREAK COMING ON!!!!! Instead, immediately start lightly applying Acyclovir cream at the first sign. Sometimes, if you catch it early enough, you can stop the outbreak in its tracks. If it's a mean outbreak and you can resist the itch, then only then do I start taking the Valtrex pills ( 1 gram twice a day) for maybe 2 days and it's gone. During that time I still continue to use the Acyclovir cream. Also, try not touch it when you wipe after urinating. After applying the cream always wash your hands thoroughly. The tiny amount of drainage that is released from the sores is how it is transferred from person to person. Once you have been exposed to the virus , outbreaks usually occur in the same area. When you scratch/touch the area you will cause the sore to drain. Although it's not visible to see - it is still occuring so during that time you have to use protection. Bottom line is that it doesn't have to ruin your life. Once you know your body and how to deal with it. I have been married to my second husband for 10 years now and so far, have not passed it onto him. We don't use protection - only abstinence when I can feel the first sign of 'the tingle' coming on. It's definitely the gift that keeps on giving.....but, not the end of the world!!!
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