[Question #6554] HSV 1 Reoccurrence

15 months ago
I was diagnosed with HSV 1 Genital 5 years ago. I only had the initial outbreak. My initial outbreak consisted of painful blisters and painful urination.  There isn't a lot of information on the internet about this particular HSV 1. For over the past 3 months, I have had vulva itching and discomfort. I have been to the doctor and tested negative for Yeast, bacteria, STDS, Trichomoniasis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and even Herpes. The initial  herpes test was a culture  taken from my blisters. The most recent test was taken from a vaginal swab. I am not sure what to believe there.  Most recently, in addition to the vulva itching and irritation,  I have been experiencing the following symptoms: stinging, tingling in the  initial blisters location, crawling sensations. I did start taking acyclovir for a few weeks before the negative herpes test but stop because it didn't help.

What does an HSV 1 genital recurrence look like?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
15 months ago
A genital recurrence of type one would likely look like your first occurrence. HSV one genital infection is quite benign for almost everyone. The symptoms that you describe of itching and discomfort alone with no lesions sounds nothing like HSV one to me. Have you seen the clinician to have these symptoms evaluated further, Beyond a negative vaginal swab? Sometimes people who have genital herpes, regardless of type, assumed that everything that happens in the genital area has something to do with genital herpes. But this is not true, especially for type I. This is reinforced not to be herpes since the acyclovir did not make any difference. For people who have typed one genital infection, after two years of being infected, they shed the virus from the genitals on only four days a year, on average. This suggests that the virus is quite quiet in the genital area.

Terri
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