Genital Herpes - Symptoms and Signs

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Published: July 20

I was diagnosed with genital herpes about 2 years ago but believe I've had it for about 4 years. With early outbreaks, I had severe itching before an outbreak; it drove me crazy. Then a sore would appear in that spot (most of the time on outer labia, although I have gotten them near the clitoris and near the rectum too). I had hoped the frequency would decrease over time, but it has not. I was having roughly 8 to 10 outbreaks per year, sometimes one right after another. Finally I went on antivirals 3 months ago and have not had any sores since then, although right now I have swollen lymph nodes in the groin on the right side (no other symptoms and I have not noticed this before). It is better for my mental health to be on the medicine because with each outbreak I get very depressed. I am in a relationship with the man I believe gave this to me. He never has any symptoms and did not know he had it. I am not happy in this relationship but I stay because I don't want to be alone. I can't bear the thought of having to tell someone I have this and then be rejected. I feel a lot of shame about having this, although I know I shouldn't. This happens to people from all walks of life..

Published: July 12

I found out I had HSV2 about five years ago. The frequency of my outbreaks has declined somewhat. The pain has also decreased, however I still get inflamed lymph nodes prior to and during the early stages of an outbreak. I, too, get sensations in my leg, usually referred to as tingling, except that my skin gets quite sore to touch or sit on for a day or two. The prodrome (the sensations before the outbreak) is usually on my thigh, and it moves around a bit. I suppose it sort of tingles, but my skin is more painful than anything else. I was so ashamed when I first found out I had it, and disgusted with myself, but, hey, I'm human. I'm an intelligent and educated woman. This could happen to anyone, including you..