Genital Herpes In Women - Experience

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What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes, also commonly called "herpes," is a viral infection by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) that is transmitted through intimate contact with the mucous-covered linings of the mouth or the vagina or the genital skin. The virus of this STD enters the linings or skin through microscopic tears. Once inside, the virus travels to the nerve roots near the spinal cord and settles there permanently.

When an infected person has a herpes outbreak, the virus travels down the nerve fibers to the site of the original infection. When it reaches the skin, the typical redness and blisters occur. After the initial outbreak, subsequent outbreaks tend to be sporadic. They may occur weekly or even years apart.

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Comment from: dottie9999, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I am 57, I've had herpes since I was 18. My left side outbreak was the worst! Next 8 to 10 years I had minimal outbreaks even in my buttock cheeks. Then it started traveling, I had nerve pain in the left side 6 to 8 times a year lasting 7 to 10 days. Valtrex 1000mg daily helps. If I have an injury, a sprained ankle, scratch, mosquito bites, it attacks any old injury and travels on the left side. I have lost 4 teeth left side but none on the right side and since 04' my femoral nerve is damaged. I have several herniated discs, it's attacking my nerves, base of head, spreading down shoulder, arm, ear, jaw, eye and sinus and causes facial numbness. I have chronic pain, fatigue and heavy muscles. If I could go back I would never have had unprotected sex or sex at all. I currently am on disability for 6 months and just out of hospital after 6 days. I have pain medications that help but my health has been impacted!

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Comment from: Jill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I have only had one partner, my husband. He left me 15 years ago. I noticed blisters on my labia about 8 years after last having sex with him. My doctor told me it was herpes. I tried antiviral medication but I did not notice any decrease in my outbreaks. I usually have one every month around the same time as my period. I have been celibate since my diagnosis. I am scared I will give it to someone else and I am very ashamed. I now get blisters on the soles and sides of my feet. I get the tingly itching before the blister forms and it is very itchy. How did the herpes spread to the bottom of my feet! I don't want it to spread anywhere else.

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