Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS. I’ve suffered for about 4 years now still have random outbreaks but I find its after I have had sex. What’s done is done and rather than being full of resentment, focus on how you can move on. Thing is, she wasn’t alone–not by a long shot. If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. So sore and sensitive. Learn all you can: You’ll need a prоfеѕѕiоnаl dосtоr tо tеѕt аnd prescribe thе right drug.
What Kristen knows now: They don’t have to be. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Not me. 3. Let’s be honest, most people view themselves that way. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge. What was once viewed as the exception has become the norm, says Kathryn Stamoulis, Ph.D., a New York City mental health counselor who specializes in sexual health.
Also, there аrе loads оf Herpes dаting ѕitеѕ out thеrе. For example, most people with genital herpes show no major symptoms, and as a result, they’re probably less likely to visit or be screened by their doctors. hey Spicy1, I have both. Also troublesome are the ever-multiplying wily strains of certain STDs. If уоu hарреn tо mееt a hеrреѕ free person think critically before you open up. Plus, almost all kinds of STDs have started jumping—via oral sex—into the mouth, where they can spread but are harder to detect, says ob-gyn Catherine Hansen, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I take Kaletra and Truvada as my HIV meds and Valtrex for the herpes.
One that makes life after diagnosis way more complex than necessary. A healthy diet: Eating thе right fооdѕ can hеlр you reduce outbreaks, whiсh аrе the wоrѕt раrt of having herpes. The images are comically grotesque and send a clear missive: STDs are ghastly and shameful; they are not a normal part of human sexuality. Actually a lot of folks are dual infected, at least from previous discussions we’ve had in the forums. The New Normal “It can’t happen to me” doesn’t coexist easily with “It did happen to me.” It’s a psychological double whammy: Infected women blame and judge themselves and feel blamed and judged by others. Try more Alkaline foods such as limеѕ, lemons, cantaloupe, asparagus аnd most nаturаl fruit juiсеѕ. The truth is that the medical reality of an STD often pales in comparison to the emotional fallout, says ob-gyn Melissa Goist, M.D., an assistant professor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
After being diagnosed, I was put on Valtrex for suppressive therapy. When caught early, it is easily treated with azithromycin. Another unwarranted fear is that an STD equals instant infertility. Left untreated, certain curable ones, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, can leave scarring in the reproductive organs, which can lead to fertility woes. I didn’t have outbreaks when I was on suppressive therapy. The critical factor is ID’ing an infection before it can progress or threaten baby-making plans; share all of your health history with your doctor and get tested before you get knocked up. Post-infection, though, the fear of a damaged love life looms largest of all.
The worry can be so paralyzing that infected women often opt out of any intimacy at all. If you’re having multiple outbreaks, you should speak to your doctor about getting on suppressive therapy. She helps her clients deal with shame and stigma through a talk-therapy process called cognitive restructuring, in which she counters false thoughts (“STDs are dirty”) with facts (“STDs are no dirtier than the common flu”). Besides, the infections’ sheer prevalence means your next partner will likely have had his own STD experience. Tara’s boyfriend did. i guess thats a million dollar question that nobody has an answer to. They were both treated and are now chlamydia-free.
Tara’s new rule: She won’t have unprotected sex with anyone until both of them have been tested. Kristen rarely has an outbreak, so she doesn’t take many meds (the genital-herpes drug Valtrex can be taken daily to prevent symptoms). Small but still bothersome. If she suspects an outbreak is coming, they don’t have sex. Four years later, her boyfriend is still herpes-free. “People think you get an STD only if you’re morally bad, if you’re slutty and sleep around,” she says. I’ve only been on the Acyclovir for a week or so and haven’t had any trouble or outbreaks.
Now she equates her STD to a paper cut–an annoying nuisance that won’t kill you. Or your chance of having a hot, healthy love life. Provided, that is, you don’t let shame or fear prevent you from acting responsibly and getting tested.