Welcome to the herpes community forum here on medhelp!! We are so glad that you found us!! This is a forum for members to post and ask questions about genital herpes and oral herpes. We also handle questions about neonatal herpes, herpes and pregnancy as well as herpes zoster aka shingles. Thank you for taking the time to read thru this info before posting - it really does help us help you better. If you have any questions about posting to medhelp, feel free to ask on the board or in a private message to gracefromhhp or auntiejessi.
When posting to this forum - it's helpful for all of us if you keep posting to the same original post that you make. You can bookmark your post so that it's easy to find or if you click on the "my medhelp" button at the top of the forum you can view all your posts you've made on medhelp which makes it easier to find a particular post of yours too. It just saves us all time if we can glance thru your "story" before replying without having to go find multiple posts to read first. It also gets very confusing when someone has 4 or 5 posts going all at the same time. Also the doctors from the std experts forum do not stop by to read posts on the herpes or the std communities. If you want their advice you need to pay to post on their site. Also if you’ve posted to their site, please do not post the same questions to this forum too. Be patient and wait for them to give you their responses. Also please do not post the same question on the std community and the herpes community both. If it's a herpes related question it should be on the herpes forum and not the std forum.
NO PICTURES! please do not post any pictures of your symptoms whether they are oral or genital or any body part. First off the pictures are so small we can't really see anything anyways. also this site is pg-13 so it's inappropriate to post pictures of your genitals. Also we are not your doctor - you need to be showing symptoms to a trained medical professional - not to strangers on the web! We can not diagnose you here so no need for pictures anyways.
Patience please :) We are all volunteers here and we get to posts when we have a time. There are some absolutely terrific posters who stop by the forum regularly who will gladly help you when they have the time - don't get antsy if someone doesn't answer your post in a hour or two. If it seems like your post got missed - just reply to it again to "bump" it up to the top again where someone will probably see it. We strive to make sure that every post is answered within 24 hours of being posted. I know that’s a long time to wait when you are looking for info but with all of us being volunteers it sometimes does take that long.
Please, don't get mad if you only get the response of - you need to see your provider about this and get testing done. We will gladly help you with information and support you when you get a diagnosis but there's only so much we can do until then. Nothing replaces a personal exam and testing done by a qualified medical professional. Until you've had proper testing done - it's mostly guessing. The best thing to do is to go see your medical provider BEFORE posting here on the board. Time is of the essence when it comes to testing herpes lesions ( please check out gracefromhhp’s journal entry on this for more reading ).
Please be aware that anyone who continues to post excessively after being asked to stop doing so by the forum community leader will be subject to additional warnings/action by MedHelp. Also any member who creates a 2nd nickname is also going to be subject to action by MedHelp too.
Please be curteous to the other posters and don't hijack other people's threads when inappropriate. Start your own thread so we can help you specifically in that thread with your question. We realize that the idea of herpes can be very anxiety provoking but we can better help you if your concerns are mostly in your own thread with your own personal information in it.
If you are posting about herpes testing, I can not speak for anyone's expertise on them other than Jess and myself. We have had specific training on herpes testing to help you with your results/questions. Some posters think that by reading our posts, they know enough to comment on blood tests but I can not assure you that anything they tell you is right.
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