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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Question: Help! Is this Herpes or something else?
|un_lucky - Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:39 am||
I am a 24 year old male, on no medication and have been previously diagnosed with genital herpes. I have noticed these bumps(see pictures) come up over a long period of time and would like to know what they are? Like maybe I also have HPV or are these a symptom of my HSV-2? I do not understand my infection very well, every doctor I have ever seen has just handed a prescripition for Vatrex and said don't have un-protected sex! Not very helpful. So if they are a symptom of HSV, are they a break-out? Will they go away if I continualy take Valtrex? I have had what I beleive are break-outs, where I get small painful leisions then they clear, this is a breakout yes? I hope I have provided you with enough information so you can help me! Here is the link to the pictures.
http://www. freewebs. com/thehotlistparty/diseasepictures. htm
Please do look at them! I should also mention, I do not take treatment for my HSV, I let the breakout run it's course, if this is a bad thing please tell me so! Thank you again and I hope for some help to this problem soon! Thanks again!
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Oct 06, 2007 1:44 am||
Based on the pictures I am not convinced that these are herpes lesions. You can ask your doctor to do a viral culture of one of the bumps to see if it grows out the herpes virus.
I am a little suspicious that it may be a contact irritation or possibly a fungal infection of the skin.
Using valtrex for an outbreak of HSV can shorten the time the blisters are present and slightly decrease the time that the virus is shed actively (slightly decreasing infectivity).
It is not dangerous to choose not to use the Valtrex for outbreaks. They simply will last a few days longer.
Follow up with your doctor is important.
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