You can have type one become active on your type 2 parts, and type 2 be active on type 1 parts. It is treatable with the medications they have now, which is good news, the bad? It is NOT cureable.
Have you yourself been tested? If not you need to be, HPV tests in men can be wrong if done correctly ( which very few MD's are properly trained to do), and it can be silent in men.
This is just a very ugly part of this whole mess.
Wishing you (((and strength ))))
I found out my husband was cheating on me when I went to my yearly dr visit and found out I have herpes.
"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." Nora Ephron
I am not a doctor, but I made sure to discuss my needs with my doctor to be sure I got both tests.
I get cold sores--type 1. I've always had it and it's manageble. But I do not have type 2--which in my opinion is way more miserable when speaking with people who've had it.
When I went with my husband to insist he get an STD test from his doctor, his doctor also used the "Don't worry about it" line. I was offended and pizzed. I beg to differ on that opinion.
If I receved another form of herpes from my fwh that I could treat, I damn well want to know about it. There is a difference--psychologically and physically.
I was angry when I didn't see that test performed after we specifically requested it.
Don't let a doctor disregard you or your husband's requests.
You may choose not to worry about it. But as far as I know, you can treat cold sores with over the counter remedies. You need a prescription to treat Type 2 herpes.
[This message edited by Nogoingback at 12:40 AM, May 1st (Wednesday)]
I don't know if they prescribe by location of the ulcers alone--but I do know that a prescription is needed for genital herpes.
Thank you for clarifying; I really didn't mean to sound so snappy. I'm very sensitive about the matter and I don't want to see anyone's concerns treated with any sort of disregard.
I believe we are our own best advocates when it comes to our health.
End of thread jack.
To answer your question, and my personal experience, has been that many folks will try the OTC remedies, no matter where location, when that does not work, then they go to the Dr, and get Rx meds. If it gets rid of it, then typically they are told to call/come in for a Rx if they have another outbreak. Very few MD's have folks w/ type 2 take meds on a daily basis for an indertimnate period of time. (as a Nurse who worked in the field of colorectal medicine for many years we saw a lot of it).
My other concern for 27, that she personally be tested for STD's, d/t her level of exposure before she knew, and the prevelance of HPV in the US, and the fact that many MD's are not good at testing for it, esp in men.
Hope this helps answer your question.