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Ben

I contracted GH about 2.5 years ago. I was devastated and shocked. At 28 years old I caught it from my girlfriend who was only 19. She was dishonest about her sexual health (obviously), and now I have this for the rest of my life. I finally have a pretty good system for preventing outbreaks. I only get them at extreme times of stress and they aren't very bad at all.

So this is going to be advice for males, who generally get outbreaks on the penis. About six months ago I discovered abbreva, an over the counter ointment designed to prevent hsv1 and hsv2 from replication. It worked wonders for me. It is about $20 per 1 gram tube (not cheap, but cheaper than Valtrex prescription) and can be found in most drug stores. On amazon you can find it a little cheaper. I take a small dose of lysine for maintenance (1 to 1.5 grams) per day. During outbreaks I take Quantum Health Super Immune Plus which has lysine, australagus root, and olive leaf. I take 6 pills per day during an outbreak which is 3g lysine, 400mg astralagus, and 200mg olive leaf. For a small or medium outbreak I only take the immune plus and use abbreva. For a worse outbreak I also use aloe lotion, tea tree oil, and baking soda.

One tube and 2 days of the immune pills gets rid of almost all my outbreaks within 48, and they look hardly even noticeable. The key is to detect it early. So examine your penis in the morning and throughout the day when you use the bathroom. Also if you get sick you are more likely to have an outbreak because your immune system is compromised.

If it is a bad outbreak, I use one full 1g tube of abbreva per day, applying it to the area every hour or two (as well as continuing the immune support for the entire duration until it's all healed). You don't need a lot at a time but you need to be frequent with the application. Obviously this is going to require a lot of handwashing.

After one or two (max for me) days of using abbreva I usually notice the sores never fully come to life and start retreating slowly. I use a very small amount of aloe on the area (maybe a pea size amount), one drop of tea tree oil, and finish by dusting the entire genitalia area with baking soda. This will keep it nice and dry. Also I like to take a bath with Epsom salt (2 cups), baking soda (1 cup), and 8 or so drops of tea tree oil. It may not do much for the infection itself but it is very relaxing, which in turn helps the immune system.

To recap:

Minor/Medium Outbreaks-

Abreva + Immune Support rids the outbreak within 48 hrs (for me) and I show almost no sign of infection

Serious/Bad Outbreaks-

1g abreva per day (1 or more days). Immune Support throughout the duration until completely healed (6 pills per day). Once the infection begins to retreat (usually 1-2 days for me), a regiment of aloe, tea tree oil, and baking soda.

So this advice is aimed at men with mild to moderate outbreaks. Some of this information may work in other cases. If your outbreak is still severe after 1 or 2 straight days of constant application of abreva and the immune pills, you should definitely go to a doctor.

These remedies are not a substitute for common sense regarding this virus: get plenty of rest every night (8 hrs+ if possible), have a healthy diet which avoids arginine or citrulline (regarding other specific foods I haven't found that wheat or sugar or chocolate has any effect in my case, just a common sense healthy diet is best). Avoid stress- well that's easier said than done. One cannot avoid stress, only change the way they handle it. Learn to become zen-like with most common stressors (don't get mad at someone because they cut you off! It's not worth getting an outbreak is it?). Always remember that whenever you are getting stressed out, you are inviting an outbreak. You have to just accept any reality in front of you and move on. There are going to be times where it is worth getting an outbreak obviously to allow stress (i.e. fighting for your life, physical attacks on you or your family, etc).

Take up stress relieving hobbies. Get as physically healthy as possible, but do not go crazy (high level athletes tend to have weak immune systems, you want to be moderate to nicely physically fit). Which leads me to another point. Men who use workout supplements - be careful which ones you use. Many pre-workouts contain arginine and (it's precursor) citrulline. These will increase the chance of an outbreak. There are plenty of workout and health supplements without this in it so just be careful about reading labels.

Other than that, trust your body. Try and learn to really feel when it needs something to boost the immune system. Stay prepared for an outbreak at any time. If you are going on a trip (especially far out of your hometown), bring any necessary supplies to suppress an outbreak. You don't want to be in paradise and feel uncomfortable the whole time because you can't treat a horrible outbreak.

I hope this has covered a lot of questions that men may have about dealing with genital herpes. There is hope, I believe there will be a cure within 10 yrs, so stay patient, hopeful, and until then I hope this helps anyone dealing with this awful virus.

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Shantell

Ben, I am a woman who just contracted hsv2 a couple months ago. Your post was very thorough and even though you directed it towards men, it was very helpful to me. Most of the things you've mentioned, I already do. I haven't used abreva as yet, but will try that. I take olive leaf, zinc, vit c, vit d3 and the lysine... I also use the tea tree oil and witch hazel.. I've only contracted this in July, so I don't know how effective anything is as yet. I wish there is a cure soon, and wish I had someone to talk to that I could be completely open with. All the best, and thanks for your post.

Hopeful

My husband and I contracted this awful virus 2 yrs ago , the prescription meds Take forever to work and cause me to get a yeast infection which is absolutely counter productive, even the cream which absolutely doesn't work vaginally, we're gonna try this and I'll post again in 2 days if it works, it was actually my idea tonight 11/8/16 to put abreva on his penis as I right now only have it on my lip but it's the very first time ever in my life getting on my lip but it felt so much better immediately I thought it would do the same for him on his sore , will keep you posted , thanks so much and ps don't blame your gf, every single person in the whole entire world has the herpes virus in their system it's a matter of time when it comes out if ever , some of us get it some of us don't, my daughter got cold sores at the age of 14 but does not have genital herpes and I never in my life had a cold sore until yesterday and I found out we had herpes 2 years ago at the age of 40 and him 23

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