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I have a question relevant to people who, like me,still have some outbreaks on suppressive therapy.
If we are still having outbreaks on suppressive therapy does this mean that the drug is not working as effectively as in those people in which suppressive therapy greatly reduces outbreaks?
Furthermore, if we still have outbreaks on suppressive therapy does this mean that the drug might not be reducing asymptomatic shedding between outbreaks at the same rate it would in somebody for which it prevented outbreaks?
Are the quoted figures for reductions in transmission risk still relevant for somebody who continues to have outbreaks while on suppressive therapy?
I have been taking the recommended dose of 400mg twice a day.
Haven't got anything cultured, just had the initial outbreak diagnosed visually as herpes by a doctor.
Initial outbreak responded well to herpes medication and subsequent outbreaks tend to be correlated with the normal herpes triggers. My biggest outbreak was after I ate a giant tub of chilli coated peanuts lol
I am negative for all other STD's
maybe i need to look into the possibility of a fungal infection then alongside the herpes. would herpes increase the likelihood of a fungal infection?
Stevie, you can't be visually diagnosed with herpes when you don't have a typical presentation of the virus in the first place. I had a doctor do this to me as well, and let me just say I have wasted the last year of my life with endless worrying and stress.
I, like you, just had a red rash on the glans (glands) and foreskin and a doctor made a quick assumption that I had herpes and prescribed me acyclovir and sent me on my way. This started me on a path of seeing STD specialists and doctor after doctor, only to be told I didn't actually have herpes, but I just couldn't believe them. I couldn't even believe my first IGG blood test or swab...so I went to have another 6 months post last possible exposure.
I'm all clear! It was never herpes, but a fungal rash that responds to various antifungal creams.
Get a second opinion from another doctor, and do as Grace says...culture the next rash (doesn't sound like a lesion) and get a type specific IGG blood test to know your status.
Like Grace said, within 48 hours of the onset of your symptoms (your rash) go see a doctor that specializes in STD's and see what they think regarding your first doctor's diagnosis. If you aren't blistering and experiencing weeping sores or ulcerations there won't be much to take a culture from (that's what my doctor said when she took my swab since I wasn't and haven't experienced any of those things). Nonetheless, it doesn't hurt to ask and I still had one done for my peace of mind.
As for your IGG blood tests, if you are 4 months post last possible exposure, you would be okay to test. Make sure it is a type specific test though. As for the different types of tests you can take (i.e. test providers), Grace is your best source of information on that one.
Any questions you have regarding the IGG blood tests and cultures, Grace can certainly answer. I just answered because I went through hell and back after a doctor carelessly misdiagnosed me by doing a visual inspection. So I just wanted to offer my input and support what Grace says about visual diagnoses being inaccurate, especially when the symptoms you seem to describe sound atypical for herpes.
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