Genital Herpes


What symptoms and signs did you experience with genital herpes?

Comment from: Ellen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I caught genital herpes 2 years ago through a partner that didn't know he had it, or that's what he tells me! My immune system was weak and I got very ill with it, itching and burning, and couldn't urinate or pass stools. Two years on, nothing has really changed, if anything it's gotten worse. I don't get sores but it burns so badly all the time every day. So I don't understand if I'm constantly in an outbreak. I haven’t had sex since and am terrified to, as I know it's going to hurt. What's the point anymore!

Comment from: jessicadowny , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I had my first genital herpes outbreak in June of 2020, had a cut on my vagina I guessed from rough sex, but one turned into about 5 or 6. During that outbreak my sores were on the outer parts of my vagina. Fast forward to fall of 2021, I am having my second outbreak. My sores this time are right on the opening of my vagina, causing them to constantly rub on other skin. The pain this time is literally almost unbearable and I cannot sleep. Way worse than the first time, but I really hope this is the worst it gets.

Comment from: Patricia , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I just got diagnosed with genital herpes, I caught them from my husband. I noticed a blister and really bad itching. I’m really dizzy and can hardly get out of bed. I can barely urinate and when I do, I have to push really hard and don’t have a steady stream. The back of my throat feels really tingly. They put me on a medication but it makes my dizziness worse. The pain has got better, and the blisters, but everything else is worse. I can’t stand for long or I get dizzy.

Comment from: JaniceJay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

My symptoms of genital herpes are general run-down feeling, flu like symptoms, chills and headache. Strange, but usually l feel super great a day or 2 before. I then get the exhausted feeling and notice the sore, no matter how small... it's coming! I fall asleep basically anywhere. I have chills, low grade fever, slight back ache and headache.

Comment from: Skydiva, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I was diagnosed with herpes 2 and 1. After the herpes outbreak, I started having trouble breathing, stiff neck, headaches, boils and skin infections. I don’t know if it is related. I’ve been sick and in pain for 2 years.

Comment from: Lifeisover, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I went to the doctor for my annual check-up when I noticed my husband getting a sore on his lips. I’m fully vaccinated with COVID-19 shots and shingles, with last dose in June 2021. In addition, the doctor gave me my flu shot about 10 minutes before they took my lab samples for HSV 1 and 2, HIV etc. I have no symptoms of genital herpes at all. I wonder if all the vaccinations could affect the test. My test came back positive for HSV 1 and 2 the same day, HSV type 1 and 2 AB, positive for both!

Comment from: Rose, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

My genital herpes symptom is itching while walking, randomly on external pubic area. It is tender when scratch. I have burning while urinating often.

Comment from: sim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 24

I have just been diagnosed with HSV 2, genital herpes. I had no pain. I have had headaches for 2 months. Wonder if anyone else experienced daily long term headaches.

Comment from: Pips, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I contracted cold sores off an ex-boyfriend. Ten years later I got a blister on my finger which turned out to be herpetic whitlow. I had already passed it on to my genitals. I had my first symptoms of genital herpes 6 months ago and have barely been free of it for more than a few days. I hope it slows down soon. I get nausea, severe fatigue and migraines with an attack. I am terrified of passing it on to my boyfriend, and if it ever finished with him I don’t think I would get into another relationship.

Comment from: Lucky, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had a one night stand when I was 21. I’m the one who insisted he didn’t wear a condom because in a previous experience, whatever condom was used made my vagina swell shut and it was just very unpleasant. To my surprise, I contracted a lifelong virus which was also pretty unpleasant. I got a culture done when my first sore showed up and my suspicions were confirmed: HSV2 positive. I’m 32 now and haven’t experienced another genital herpes outbreak for 11 years, since my initial experience.


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Comment from: Depressed&scared, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I was visually diagnosed with genital herpes about a month ago. I’ve had 3 outbreaks since then. I’ll get one blister, it’ll scab and heal. The first two times it was on the exact same spot. Today, after a week of prodrome symptoms a new blister showed up on a different spot. I am generally a really strong person but this is eating me up. The back to back outbreaks are outright torture for me mentally. I wonder if they will become fewer with time.

Comment from: Hatethis, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

My first genital herpes outbreak started with a fever like I had the flu. I had a headache and felt generally under the weather. Then my groin lymph nodes swelled up for about a week. Then I noticed the sores, and they lasted about eight weeks; painful. I’ve had HSV-2 for about 5 years now. Unfortunately for me, it hasn’t stopped, just become milder. Now I have outbreaks about every two weeks and take 1000-2000 mg of Valtrex a day.

Comment from: Anxiety2.0, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I’m almost positive I have HSV2. All last week I had constant headaches, back pain and irritability. Since Saturday, I’ve been experiencing tingling all over my body and just weird sensations in my legs, and also, strange itching in places like my back, arms and legs. However, no genital herpes breakouts, no genital itching. I’m going to be tested tomorrow. I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for a positive diagnosis but it’s so hard. I can’t sleep. Don’t care to eat. Emotionally numb.

Comment from: Shawny, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I had sex with a hot Japanese girl in 2006, broke out with a sore and burned two other Japanese girlfriends. I didn't know the sore was contagious. Now, 25 years later, I took a yellow fever shot for a trip to Africa, broke out with severe testicle blisters. I got a swab test and it is genital herpes, HSV2, it is now 3/25/21.

Comment from: Scared human, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

Recent blood test for HSV-2 was negative with symptoms. Recently, only when I randomly found a less than pea-sized “pimple” on my labia did I begin to freak. I can’t sleep once anxiety starts. I can’t tell if I was experiencing fatigue. I don’t know if it was genital herpes or a pimple. But after it healed I’ve experienced burning on my thighs, buttocks and labia for 1-2 days. No redness or other sores. I have symptoms of a yeast infection, bladder pressure, headaches and tingling. I am so scared. I’ve only been with my other for 2 months and just having these symptoms.

Comment from: Pooby, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

My symptoms of genital herpes are headaches, allover body aches, especially in the back and buttocks, fever, fatigue, sore throat, and lymph nodes swelling. Tingling, burning, itching, painful, small blisters turn into bigger blisters anywhere on the body. I have a smelly vagina with drainage of pus (drips). Apply hydrogen peroxide every time you think of it, It's always your best friend! Oxygen dries them up quick. Try it before it show. Never alcohol or vinegar. Keep clean very gently or use a sitz bath and pat dry. Wear cotton underwear or nothing at night to let air flow to heal quicker.

Comment from: Apple , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I was diagnosed with HSV2 in January 2020. My first symptom of genital herpes was an ache in the back of my thighs and bottom. I felt very lethargic with hot flushes. My lady area was very red and sore. Then I noticed a little cut, then I noticed more, and went straight to the doctor for a swab, which came back positive for HSV2.

Comment from: Female1979, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

My first genital herpes outbreak was when I was 19 and pregnant. I’m now in my early 40s. I seem to have outbreaks every two to three months and when they do occur it’s nearly always when I am due for my period. I have a range of symptoms and they vary in degrees each time. They include aching/throbbing lymph nodes all over my body, head and neck, headaches, painful achy hips, tingling and nerve pain. I feel so poorly, weak and tired like I’m coming down with the flu. I wish there was a cure.

Comment from: OKKO, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I cry; I cry deeply seemingly for no real reason. Whenever I cry like that I know a genital herpes outbreak is about to happen. Something from within would like to convince me to end it... but I have come to notice the internal signal and call it what it is; a herpes outbreak, but I think people could possibly be susceptible to suicide during this part of it. It is a weird mental and physical state just prior to the blister, and if one is not aware it could be detrimental. It is exhausting overcoming this aspect.


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Comment from: morgan, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

Genital herpes first started when I was getting this itch, so I thought it was just a standard rash. But after it continued, it got hurtful and irritating so I visited the doctor and found out it was herpes.

Comment from: screenname1, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I’ve had HSV2 for 6 years. My initial outbreak of genital herpes was the worst. My labia was swollen and I had lesions that were secreting pus. I couldn’t use the bathroom without excruciating burning. I was in tears and had to go to the emergency room because I had no idea what was going on. That’s when I found out. I rarely have outbreaks… maybe 3-4 a year. I think I’m having one now. No lesions or anything, just itching but it’s never been this bad so I’m wondering if this is normal.

Comment from: Lalayou, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

Itch and yellow discharge are my symptoms of genital herpes.

Comment from: Jane-it-gets-better, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I thought I had a bad experience of poison ivy... I had been doing spartan races and did in fact have poison ivy down my leg. I went to the doctor for Pap smear and he said it was in fact genital herpes. I had the flu symptoms, and took antiviral medications (I highly advise against them). My boyfriend has been so lovely through it all. He researched everything for me. I did find herpes B gone, I highly recommend that! I’m still learning after 2 years of what triggers outbreaks and what it feels like leading up to it.

Comment from: Missy , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I was first diagnosed with HSV-2 a few months ago but I am unsure for how long I’ve had genital herpes. I noticed an itch and after having a look at myself I noticed a few lesions and went straight to the doctor, who swabbed and confirmed it. When I think back now, I actually feel like I’ve had it for a while as I’ve been particularly itchy in that area for a few years, but have always suffered with thrush and just figured it was that. I have been lucky that none of my outbreaks have been bad at all.

Comment from: Neveragain, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I messed around with a new partner in the early morning hours of Friday. By Friday evening the lymph nodes in my groin were swollen, and I had raised bumps in my genital area. By Sunday morning I was miserable; fever, body aches and many blisters. I was diagnosed with genital herpes at Urgent Care Sunday morning. Not sure if I already had the virus or if I developed symptoms that quickly. I'm in shock, and horrified.

Comment from: Maria, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I was diagnosed with HSV-2 in April. I had the itching and burning symptoms start in February and the initial genital herpes outbreak a few months later. First outbreak was very mild, although I had all the flu like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, etc. A few months later I’m still suffering, I have outbreaks every week, constant nerve pains in the legs, burning in the vagina and rectum area, and I always have new sores (again very mild). Antiviral medications do not work for me, nor does lysine. You’re not alone.

Comment from: together15years, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I am married and had sex with a friend. Suffered what I thought was bacterial vaginosis or yeast. Both negative. STD panel was negative. Since I tested for everything I thought could only be general irritation after that. They told me to come back if symptoms continue. Couple days later, a cut by the urethra turned into a sore. Noticed a 2nd one on the outer labia. I called to ask if I'd been tested for HSV. Genital herpes is not routinely tested for! I had severe pain for 1.5 weeks. I have severe labia itching now even after acyclovir treatment.

Comment from: Faith2019, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I was diagnosed with HSV 2 about 4 years ago. I was on the Depo-Provera injection. It made me itch like crazy. When I saw the small bump (which I later found out is called a lesion) I thought it was a side effect of the injection. I went to the doctor and he told me I had genital herpes. I bought the medicines, and nearly took them. I told myself that he was a liar, and it could not be happening. But it happened again last year and it has been the worst time of my life. I lost hope for marriage and kids.

Comment from: Tevn , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I was just diagnosed yesterday with HSV-2. I have had no pain, nothing has shown up. I’ve had a little bit of itching from the genital herpes, that’s it. In saying that though, after reading a lot of people’s stories I have had pain in my right leg and hip... but I’ve been getting back into running so I thought it was from running. I also skipped my period last month so I thought the fact I was run down was because of that. My skin and hair was looking really unhealthy. These are my only signs though.

Comment from: Saffy1990, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I haven't been tested for genital herpes yet but I am 100 percent certain I have HSV-2. I have had the lesions several times a year for a while now. They always happened in the exact same area. I never realized all the signs of a herpes outbreak was the same thing I have been feeling. I know when it's going to happen before they show up. This time around I'm in a lot of pain. Swollen glands, sore muscles, and leg pain. It's bad!

Comment from: Heaven16, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I just recently got diagnosed with HSV-2. It is very common and highly contagious, whether or not you have an open sore, my doctor explained. Being with my partner for over a year I was shocked and embarrassed. But having my first outbreak of genital herpes the pain was just uncomfortable, the itchiness and the sores. I couldn’t urinate because it would burn. At first I didn’t have flu symptoms but my doctor prescribed acyclovir 400 mg and no more sores or discomfort. You’re not alone, it will be ok.

Comment from: Tracy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I have had genital herpes for 33 years, approximately 6 outbreaks a year, terrible, and very painful. The last one lasted around 10 days, in different areas; labia, vulva, anus. I have been married 27 years, haven’t told my husband, too embarrassed, make excuses! I was wondering if I should try 2 tablets of 400 mg acyclovir twice a day to see if this helps, starting from first signs, i.e., tingling, bruised feeling on leg/buttock or if I should take it as a suppression daily for a few years.

Comment from: emily, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

During my first outbreaks of genital herpes the symptoms were almost unbearable. I had chills, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and the sores got so painful it hurt to even wipe after using the bathroom. I started wearing a pad in my underwear because of the weird discharge and pus coming out from the blisters. They say the first outbreak is the worst; they definitely didn’t lie.

Comment from: McCart, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

One need not experience any symptoms of genital herpes and if it wasn’t for the sore on my buttocks I wouldn’t have known I had it. Once I discovered the blisters on my buttocks I went to the doctor. They scraped a sample of the blisters and had it tested. The results came back and said I had it. I still don’t know who I contacted it from.

Comment from: Tinker, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 21

My 24 year old was raped and contracted genital herpes. Now after several breakouts, she has constant itching, and irritation.

Comment from: Australian , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I’ve had genital herpes since I was 19 - I had to disclose to a potential partner when I was 21 and he was so lovely, he lied and said he had it too (he didn’t, he was actually a virgin). We have been together now for 14 years and he has never shown any signs or symptoms of herpes. My herpes seems to be getting worse as I age, I used to get an outbreak once a year, now, once a month. I have four kids, I’m scared of somehow passing it on to them via the toilet or a towel. Worst nightmare!

Comment from: Techmom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I am a 54 year old woman. My husband has had genital herpes and we have been together 30 years but I never caught it until 2 weeks ago. He was always careful but he had type A flu in January and the doctor thinks this caused his immune system to go down and pass it to me. The pain was horrible and the flu symptoms and the tingly skin didn’t start until day 5 for me and they are still here. I am living on Advil and can hardly make it through my work day. I just want my normal life back but nothing is the same again.

Comment from: Rihannahasherpestoo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I got diagnosed with HSV 1 and 2 in November 2019. It’s been 3 months since my diagnosis. I take antiviral medication 2 times a day and if I miss one dose I get a genital herpes outbreak. I have had 2 smaller but still painful outbreaks since my first one. Really awful. Looking up stories and celebrities that also have it, for help but I am still having trouble dealing with it.

Comment from: CTom, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I am not sure if this is genital herpes. I have small pus-filled bumps on the penis in a localized area. The area is responding to high heat and tight underwear (working in a kitchen with thermals on). Sensitive to touch, some blisters have burst leaving an open sore.

Comment from: Positive , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I started having symptoms of genital herpes about two weeks ago, like lower back pain and flu like symptoms. I took a whole bottle of pills and it’s gotten worse. I know the first outbreak is the worst. I’m waiting for my insurance to process this cream my doctor called for. I put aloe and tea tree oil on the sores and they just started being extremely itchy with the pain that it’s hard to sleep. I just want to go to sleep and wake up with it gone.

Comment from: overwhelming sadness, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I had sex last week when I was too drunk to not consent to, with a couple who had genital herpes. I have since had tonsils up, my armpit lymph nodes up, tingling around my pubis. My eyes have been itchy and puffy with gunk - I am terrified I have it in my eyes. Doctor says my vulvar red rash looks like dermatitis. The timing is so suspicious. Last night I looked and it sometimes looks like vestibules and sometimes a red rash. Blood tests today, results in a week. Hardest part is how I got it.

Comment from: Lifesajourney, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I was diagnosed with HSV 2 in November 2018. I thought I had a urinary tract infection because it burned when I urinated. I was not very itchy until I started taking antiviral medicines. The symptoms of genital herpes started 2 days after I had sex. My lymph nodes in my groin were swollen as well. We had protected sex and the condom broke. I learned that even though you practice safe sex you can still get it. While taking acyclovir I experienced a tingling on my lip, and within 24 hours I had a blister.

Comment from: NoWorries27, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I was diagnosed with HSV 2 eight months ago and I’ve had very mild outbreaks of genital herpes since I started taking antiviral medicines. The first outbreak caused me to have flu like symptoms and miserable pain to go urinate and open blisters everywhere. Whenever I feel an outbreak coming, it’s usually due to stress and I get very tired.

Comment from: Sara J , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I’ve had HSV2 for about 5 years now and am experiencing pain on the entire left side of my body, including my left ear. I am also experiencing knee pain and swollen lymph node on my left groin area. Wonder if these symptoms of genital herpes normal after 5 years.

Comment from: Nsad, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I am currently experiencing my first ever outbreak of genital herpes. I found out I have HSV 1, however I slept with someone last week who had no symptoms at all. It started with a sore throat, then fever, then complete flu like symptoms, and intense burning pain down below. I finally went to the hospital because it was unbearable and they told me it was herpes. I am in excruciating pain all the time and have not stopped crying for the past 6 days. This is such a horrific experience and I wish it on no one.

Comment from: Pissed, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I never had genital herpes before. In 2015 I had a miscarriage and D and C. A week or two later I had what looked like blisters show up, and they hurt. Wonder if I caught this from my D and C! I never had anything show up before that.

Comment from: Ah , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

Within the last week I started to get sores in my private area. It got worse and it is the worst pain I’ve ever experienced when I urinate. I have a hard time doing daily tasks because any sort of activity is painful. I am stressed and I have not yet gotten tested for genital herpes but I feel like it’ll come out positive and I’m so scared. I’ve been taking ibuprofen which has helped a tiny bit with the pain, and have been putting ointment to help with the inflammation.

Comment from: DiDi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I get this tingling feeling in my right buttock and pain in my hip sometimes. I do not get many outbreaks of genital herpes in this area although it is the most prevalent. I sometimes get outbreaks in my genital area as well. It doesn't escalate though as the buttock area.

Comment from: Confused123, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

I haven’t officially been diagnosed with HSV but I know I have genital herpes. I had flu like symptoms 2 months ago and when I went to the bathroom I found a sore on my vagina. It got so itchy and irritated that I couldn’t walk. I was so worried that I went to the doctor with no insurance and got tested. My sore was gone so they did a blood test. Everything came back negative. My partner then went to get tested even though he has no symptoms, and he tested positive for HSV2. I can’t understand why mine was negative. So confused.

Comment from: Allie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

My boyfriend noticed an outbreak of genital herpes first. I continued to get tested but it came back negative. Now it has been at its worst the whole year or 2, with extremely sore vagina, dry during sex like sand paper; felt like being ripped open or stinging tearing sensation of skin inside. Very warm bath with baking soda almost instantly takes away the swelling, itching, and burning if I soak in it for a while.

Comment from: Harriet23187, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I was diagnosed with genital herpes in January so I have had HSV 2 for a year now. After my initial outbreak, every time I have sex, my vulva and vagina are sore and red and on fire (without fail). It has made me depressed and so insecure. Wonder if anyone else experiences this and if so how they get around it or even fix it. I have looked for months on the internet for any mention of this but no one does!

Comment from: Reduce the stigma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I experienced my first episode of HSV 2 fifteen years ago after splitting up with my childhood sweetheart and meeting someone new. We were both tested for STIs before having unprotected sex, but HSV is rarely included in screenings. My first episode of genital herpes was misdiagnosed as bacterial vaginosis the first 2 weeks and I had complications that required hospital admission and catheter. This is extremely rare but terrifying and can only recommend you insist on a swab being taken and get acyclovir suppressants as soon as possible!

Comment from: OnlyGodcan1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I suffered from severe vaginal itching from genital herpes. The itching was horrible and the pain associated with the itching and discomfort only added layers of irritation. I noticed the itching after my menstrual cycle and it would last for 3 weeks or until my next menstrual. The irritation was in my inner thighs, rectum area, and both external and internal. I thought I had another STD, to only find out it was the herpes outbreaks. It took me a year to say I have found relief from outbreaks, and not take any medicines.

Comment from: Momof2lilturds, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I had my first outbreak and was diagnosed with genital herpes back in November 2006. I got incredibly ill, fevers as high as 104, and felt like I had a bad urinary tract infection. I had blisters show up first on my labia, then completely broken out inside my girl parts, all over inside and out right up my buttock cleft and around the anus. I was deathly ill. My husband and I were using protection and I still got it. I'm now having another bad one. Antiviral medicines helped so much, and one month later I found out I was pregnant. But he is now 12 and healthy as an ox, and I have a daughter too.

Comment from: Bob, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I am 47 and married. I think I have been infected by one of my close friends. We were on a holiday and shared bathrooms and towels. When I returned, I became very unwell. I have pain in my abdomen, glands in my groin are swollen, have fever and extreme fatigue, and a small but not painful sore appeared on my foreskin. I went for an IgG test and tested as equivocal, 9.5 so I have to retest in 4 weeks. I can’t sleep with my love, I could not live with myself, I feel suicidal all I can think is that I want this to end.

Comment from: Confusedandhopeless, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

Two years ago, I had a small dime-sized outbreak on my stomach (right below my belly button) and was diagnosed with HSV 2. I did not have intense symptoms like the ones I have read about with genital herpes. Knowing this is not the normal area of breakout, I am now wondering if this really is HSV 2 or another strain. Wonder if the doctor could have misdiagnosed me.

Comment from: Tootaloo222, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I have severe nausea during every single outbreak of genital herpes. Sex and shaving trigger my outbreaks. Every single time I have sex I have an outbreak. The constant headache and constant burning behind the back of my nose is terrible and make me want to crawl in bed. My friends and family don't know and I struggle to get to appointments and stuff, so I rarely get medicine to help. I bear through it... I'm sick of this honestly.

Comment from: Eli, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

First I start to feel tired sweating when I have a genital herpes outbreak. Five days after I get a small red dot on my glans, my prepuce is red, and then my glans become red and irritated. I get smelly white matter Inside the foreskin. My urethra is so irritated it looks like balanitis. I have a little bit burning feeling when I urinate. I get bladder inflammation, also testicle pain and lower abdomen pain, and my mouth becomes dry. I get a small dot like red area on my lip, not a wound or blister. I have no blisters and no wounds but I got positive for genital herpes.

Comment from: Me Lissa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I was recently diagnosed with HSV 2, I'm 34. I had back ache to the point it was difficult and hurt a lot to put on my shoes. I have gained about 30 lb. fast. Perhaps that maybe a symptom of genital herpes too. I feel sluggish and sleepy. I drink coffee, take vitamin C and even drink Powerade in the morning and it is helping. Thankfully. Thanks to all of you for all your comments. I'd been completely unaware and I'm sure I would've stayed that way. Thanks again.

Comment from: AtxChick, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I felt bumps between my anus and vaginal area. I panicked and went for a complete STD testing, so not only was I diagnosed with genital warts, I have HSV 1 and 2, and gonorrhea. All the symptoms I started feeling, tingling, lower back aches, fatigue, sore throat, ear pain, it was like putting the puzzle pieces together. I just feel mad at myself, for trusting this guy. I feel betrayed… I was only with him. I feel alone and I can’t tell anyone about it. I’m thinking of seeking counseling.

Comment from: HSV-2/pn , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I’ve had HSV 2 for 6 years now. I have it on my buttock. My first genital herpes outbreak was bad but it went away quickly, along with the subsequent ones that followed that year. I did not have one for 5 years after, and now I think this is the worst I have gotten ever. I’m on day 3 of my antiviral medicines and the itching hasn’t gone away. I have not experienced the pain I usually do. And the little bubbles have now clumped into one big one. Because it’s on my buttock, the big one popped, so I changed the dressing.

Comment from: Jellyfish92, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I was recently diagnosed with HSV-2 a week ago. I have noticed a smelly discharge along with a few sores. I am wondering if the smell of the discharge will go away when the genital herpes sores are fully healed or if I am doomed to smell this way forever! I’m horrified from this experience and I can’t find the answer anywhere online.

Comment from: Femalepatient, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I was also recently diagnosed with herpes 2. I too have horrible pain during intercourse, vaginal swelling, and pain during urination, even when I’m not having a genital herpes break out.

Comment from: EvilLyn , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I’ve had both herpes 1 and 2 for over 10 years, and have been on suppressive therapy and vitamins for a majority of that time. At the encouragement of my new gynecologist I stopped taking valaciclovir. It’s been about 3 months and I am feeling severe fatigue, headaches, diarrhea, and no appetite. Alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, chocolate, and stress seem to be triggers. Weird to say but my stools have become very loose and have a very distinct burned match smell. I can’t find anything on Dr. Google about this but it happens every time.

Comment from: Anon, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I was diagnosed with genital herpes today after what I can only describe as the most excruciatingly painful week of my life. It started off with one white sore on my vagina that I initially though was a cut. A few days later after enduring severe burning, stinging, and itching, loads of little red sore lumps appeared all over my genital area along with an unpleasant discharge. I have been given a course of antibiotics which I am hoping will help. Good luck everyone.

Comment from: Ivana, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

It has been about 5 months since my first outbreak of genital herpes. I posted about 4 months ago, I still can’t have sex with my spouse. I have tried a couple times and when I do it is so painful and I swell shut. I don’t know what is going on, I get so inflamed on the inside. I am randomly itchy also. I feel so depressed and feel it is not fair to him. I just had my second outbreak and I hate these blisters and the itching antivirals make everything worse for me.

Comment from: Birds5, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I get this genital herpes outbreak on my buttock cheek, yes nowhere near my anus. It just started bad about 2 years ago, I was on psoriasis medicines like Enbrel. I no longer take that, and was given valacyclovir. I take it as needed. Well, I got cellulitis of the wrist and went on Keflex 500, and got sick from the medicines, achy and hurting. I stopped, then got an outbreak! I can’t win. I never knew what it was, till 2 years ago when I was having so many outbreaks. I don’t know why it comes when you are sick. I didn’t see anything like that online.

Comment from: ElleELLE21, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I tested positive for genital herpes on 9/3/19, after a one night stand with someone I hardly knew. My outbreak was a few days after contact. First came flu symptoms, and then horrible sores. Then anxiety, insomnia and depression. It’s been 8 days since the start of my outbreak and at this point I’ve accepted that herpes will change my life, but it doesn’t have to be negative. I will have safe sex with people I value and adjust to a healthier life style to minimize outbreaks. Get support and empowerment.

Comment from: Ed, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I got diagnosed with genital herpes about 2 months ago and I keep having outbreaks one after each other, so I haven’t been clear of visible sores for 2 months. They are less severe and not painful but I wonder if anyone else had this problem. I’m trying suppression therapy but have already noticed a new sore on my foreskin.

Comment from: Scared Newbie , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I have an appointment booked but freaking out. Some of my symptoms of genital herpes are same as HIV but my penis is tingling so much and I can’t see that on HIV symptoms. But yeah, my penis is tingling, I feel so tired and have such a bad throat.

Comment from: Endtheherpesstigma, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

Herpes is nothing to be ashamed of! Seventy-eight percent of the population under 50 has herpes, it is very common. After my first outbreak I did not get another blister until 3 years later on the same month. Now I get one tiny blister every September. It is really easy to manage. If you get them more frequently there’s medication to help. Life goes on and we are all worthy of love and acceptance. Listen to your body and do not let the stigma around this common skin condition control your life.

Comment from: Talia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I have both genital and oral herpes. I didn't really notice anything much except that I felt extremely tired once; and that was weeks before I had my first genital outbreak. My vagina itches like crazy and while showering I noticed a bump that was causing the itching. So I went to see my doctor about 2 days after and by then I had the blisters. I experienced mostly itching, can't recall any pain. Since the sore has healed I'm constantly tender where the blister came out and I constantly have itching.

Comment from: Jack1, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

I was diagnosed with genital herpes a couple of months ago. When I got tested, it was positive for HSV-2. Aside from the emotional stress I put on myself for having an STD, the pain is unreal. I have never been so itchy in my life. I got antiviral medicines to help my case, but none of them seem to be working... it has been nearly 2 months and I still have my first outbreak. I wonder if anyone else is having this problem or if I am the only one! Will it ever go away? I have yet to see improvement.

Comment from: Be Great, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

My symptoms of HSV-2 (genital herpes) started from a paper cut on my clitoris 3 years ago. I also began to have major itching in my rectum and tingling, itching and burning in my vagina, and itching in my face and all over my body. I don’t feel my life is over, I take antiviral medicines daily. One pill 500 mg of Valtrex manages my symptoms. I have not gotten any lesions since my diagnosis. I'm not running from this anymore. I have it. I'm more cautious and I am willing to be an open book about my condition.

Comment from: islandgirl30, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I have had HSV-2 for the past 10 years. For me, peanuts, stress, chocolate or anything sweet for that matter brings on a breakout of genital herpes. Recently I became pregnant and came down with a breakout in my 34th week of pregnancy. I’ve literally used every possible drug you can think about in that time to get rid of the breakout and nothing worked. Even using topical creams whilst taking antiviral medicines. I’m in my 40th week now and still struggling to get rid of this breakout. It’s depressing.

Comment from: Stigma , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I am having my first outbreak of genital herpes as of right now. Everybody has a different experience. My experience is extremely painful. It started as a cut in my perineum and it progressed with a lot more sores around my vagina area. The pain is extreme, it hurts when I urinate, walk, or do any movements. I got diagnosed with HSV 1 though. I advise to keep the area dry and clean. It is worse, the stigma than the actual virus.

Comment from: Terry , 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 14

I think I’ve had genital herpes for about a year but no breakouts whatsoever. All I really have had is lower back pain which comes and goes a lot. But last couple of days it’s been severe aches and also I can feel it in my buttocks but still no breakout.

Comment from: BA1964, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I am unaware if I have genital herpes or if it’s something else. I had sex with a guy and then not even a week later I got a sore throat. He got tested and came back negative for herpes. It’s now been 2 months since the sore throat and I have found myself with multiple sore throats, burning sensations on my skin (almost like a sunburn) and muscle aches throughout my entire body that seem to move and affect my joints also (including in hands and feet). All of these symptoms come and go.

Comment from: Bambi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I just found out yesterday that I have HSV1 AND HSV2. I had a blood test done. The only symptom of genital herpes was that I had was very itchy vagina. I am supposed to go to my gynecologist in a few days and talk about treatment. I haven't had any outbreaks. My mom's a nurse so explained everything to me. It’s awful but at the end of the day I look at it as a lesson learned. I didn't have multiple partners just one. I didn't notice symptoms until a week after I had sex with him. I had very bad migraines and flu like symptoms also.

Comment from: Heretohelp , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I experienced extreme fatigue from genital herpes. I felt like I had mononucleosis. Terribly painful sex with my boyfriend to the point that we couldn’t do it for weeks. I had a couple tiny blisters. The worst thing was the pain when I had to go the restroom. It burned so bad to urinate. I couldn’t walk because the blisters were so inflamed. It hurt to wear underwear. It was the worst 2 weeks of my life. I just got diagnosed with it a month ago. Since then I still have some pain during sex. Lidocaine was the best thing for me!

Comment from: Girl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I found out this morning I tested positive for genital herpes. I was devastated but I was prepared to hear it considering all my symptoms. It’s been 5 days now since my first outbreak and it hurts awfully. The blisters are very painful and I take painkillers all day to help. The blisters make it very hard to sleep, so I have to take 2or 3 Tylenol PM to knock me out in order to get sleep. I’m hoping the pain goes away soon because I’ve never felt a pain like this.

Comment from: GoodnessGracious, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I was diagnosed with HSV-2 three months ago (walked in on my ex cheating, turns out he shared more with me than time). I went to the doctor after finding what appeared to be a deep scratch inside my vagina. The doctor said it didn’t look like genital herpes but tested me anyhow. I was devastated by the positive test. I had severe flu symptoms and nerve pain for a month. I still have random nerve pain in my feet. Started daily antiviral medications and lysine, and haven’t had an outbreak since.

Comment from: Kei, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 06

I was diagnosed with genital herpes 2 days ago. My pain level is 9/10. I had a fever of 101 F two days before the flare up. Urinating burns badly and sitting hurts most times. I often experience severe pinching between my buttock cheeks and it is hard to walk or lie on my side in certain areas. It is painful to the touch when drying it after a shower.

Comment from: Cam, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 05

I went to the doctor about 3 weeks ago with my partner of a few months, who was negative for everything. I later got my results back and was diagnosed with HSV2 although I have never had an outbreak or symptoms of genital herpes. My index reading was 1.09 equal to 1.09 equivocal. Nothing made sense to me because I’m 19 and I have no problems with anything in the genital area. I read that there is always a chance this could be a false positive. A lot of you all can get retested, it may just be a misdiagnosis.

Comment from: Throwaway, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

Giving you all hope, for 10 years now I have had HSV 2. I started taking acyclovir for my genital herpes in year 2. About 6 years back I met my wife. Up until about 3 months ago I never told her. My OBs were minimal and I was scared to reveal it. We got married, got pregnant, and yesterday just had the baby. I finally told her when she was 6 months pregnant. She took it very well. She got tested and was negative. Truth is, if you stay healthy and take acyclovir, you can live a normal life and not pass it on to a sexual partner.

Comment from: 1in6americanshaveit, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with genital herpes. The day after I had vaginal sex, I started feeling a burning sensation near the vaginal opening. It felt like razor burn, but I didn’t think much of it. The next day, the burning sensation increased and I noticed round ‘cuts’ and 2 small red dots which I thought were related to shaving. On the third day, I started feeling feverish at work and fatigued. Overnight, swollen lymph nodes, sweats and fever developed. On the 4th day, small ulcers were clearly visible, HSV swab confirmed HSV2 positive.

Comment from: Jennifer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I was diagnosed with genital herpes 2 years ago, my ex-husband had it. I thought I had a spider bite on my buttock, then came nerve pain, exhaustion, and flu symptoms every morning for 2 months. I felt like I'd been beaten in my ankles, knees and low back with a bat. I lived on Advil for a long time. I had consistent outbreaks before they gave me acyclovir, which I take 2 times per day; if I stop I have symptoms immediately. I still get bouts of exhaustion, leg pain (mostly left side, painful tailbone), and up my dosage to prevent an actual outbreak. Awful.

Comment from: Ben, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 26

I’m not sure if I have genital herpes, I had a bump appear that was painless and I popped it. I went and got it swabbed and it came back negative, but I tested positive to chlamydia. I waited a month to get onto the antibiotics but after having them for 3 or so days, my testicles were itchy for a day or so, the skin thickened and kind of looked like a grandpa’s ball bag. I then had a smaller bump appear on a different part of my penis, it’s not painful or itchy.

Comment from: junebug12345, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 26

I noticed my penis was swollen at first. After that I started feeling very sick, tired, and irritated. My groin then was tingling. But anyway I’m pretty sure I have genital herpes, I’m 20 years old. I’m pretty disappointed about it but at the end of the day I still got life to live so I won’t let this bring me down, we got to keep going.

Comment from: Undiagnosed , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

After 3 years of celibacy I reconnected with an old friend, and 4 days later I had broken out all over my genital area with huge blisters. Since then I’ve had six outbreaks, all very different from one another, none of them in the same place, and no pain, just mild itch. I have seen 2 dermatologists and 3 gynecologists, and had several tests including a biopsy. None of the doctors say it is genital herpes, but my symptoms are just like the ones I see online. They all say it is dermatitis. I’m so tired!

Comment from: Itsucks, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I found out I had HSV-1 when I was pregnant with my second child. The problem was that the iconic symptom (sores) were on my vagina, my doctor assured me it likely wasn’t something I contracted through sex but most likely through cunnilingus. Which sounded right because my husband has gotten cold sores in the past. My first outbreak was excruciating. It lasted a few weeks and every now and then over the next 4 years I would get small outbreaks. Rubbing alcohol dried it up fast although it hurts.

Comment from: Anxious, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I found out I got genital herpes four days ago. I am married and 10 weeks pregnant. I had gone in April to do a chlamydia test because I had a itching in my vulva that wasn’t healing with treatment and the doctor did some blood work. I didn’t to back for the result until Thursday. I wanted to do see the doctor for checkup as well as get the result. I had 4 blisters inside my anus cleft. I had both chlamydia and HSV 2.

Comment from: Drealkill15, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 18

I feel like I’ve just contracted genital herpes. I started having symptoms the very same day like nausea, a bit of tingling, and loss of appetite.

Comment from: Mark, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 18

I am 47 and believe I may have contracted the genital herpes virus in my 20s. I had severe itching, redness, and pain in my vaginal area. So riddled with worry I went to a clinic to be tested for any possible STDs... Negative. I have now had what I would call a severe outbreak, fever, chills, burning, and tingling, never any blisters I can really see but now some pin prick tiny red spots here and there. I've had two negative IGG blood tests for both HSV 1 and 2. I'm frustrated. I don’t know why.

Comment from: Anewstart, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I was diagnosed with genital herpes 26 years ago. I got it from my fiance. We've since divorced. I've been under a lot of stress for the past 2 years and I've been having breakouts every month. They can get pretty severe. I thought it was menopause. I was feeling so tired, I ached all over, headaches, yet my mind was energized. I wanted to be active. It was so strange. I had itching, smelly discharge, lesions, never had it like this. This site helped me make sense of it. Now I know. I don't take medicines, I just wait.

Comment from: Doing okay , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I was diagnosed with HSV 1 about a year ago and it has hardly changed my life or my health. I have only experienced the initial outbreak of genital herpes so my life is not affected by the uncomfortable experience people expect to have. It feels I don’t have it, although I know this is not true, it is always in the back of my mind. I am constantly riddled with stress to share the news with the guy I am seeing. Stigma around this needs to be removed and people need to know the facts. Two in 3 people have HSV 1!

Comment from: Idek, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I was diagnosed with type 1 genital herpes back in February. I am still trying to cope with it, but it happens. I seem to get a cold when I have my outbreaks. Sore throat, cough, and I feel as if I had a urinary tract infection before my outbreak occurred. When I had my first outbreak, it hurt so much to wipe I ended up using a water bottle filled with warm water with holes in the top, squirted it on, and patted dry.

Comment from: Kay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I’m having burning and tingling pain in the vulva area for about a month now. I’ve been to the gynecologist twice and each time they give me a cortisone topical cream. It helps temporarily but the symptoms of genital herpes keep coming back. The doctors do not see an ulcers or broken skin. I take Valtrex 1000 mg. I wonder if the herpes virus could be so strong that even at this dosage, it’s not helping; or, if this could be something else. I wonder if certain foods trigger or make the genital herpes symptoms worse.

Comment from: Angie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I was diagnosed with genital herpes 6 years ago. Initial outbreaks were really awful - the pain from the sores was the worst pain I’ve ever had. But they definitely get better. Mine are brought on by prolonged stress. Symptoms include a throbbing pain in my right groin area, headaches, chills, and fatigue. As time goes on the sores heal faster and it’s not as bad. They usually pop up in the same place but I did have an outbreak on the back of my thigh. I promise your life isn’t over if you have this.

Comment from: DidThat, 19-24 (Patient) Published: June 27

I am 24 and was just diagnosed with HSV1. I get horrible genital herpes outbreaks, sometimes get dry cough, weakness from immunity dysfunction, high fever, and tiredness. I am almost unable to function on everyday basis. We need help please, I hope someone finds a cure soon.

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