Popples (poppleshatesyou) wrote in vaginapagina,

Anonymous Post: HSV questions

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-- Popples
for the VP Team

I was diagnosed with genital herpes when I was 16. Since my very first outbreak, I always experience the following: One or two small sores in the *exact* same spot on my right outer labia, very swollen lymph nodes on the right side of my groin, and a moderate to severe headache, as well as itchiness and pain in the sores.

However, a couple days ago I developed an ouchy-spot, but I can't tell if it is a herpes outbreak. I need to be sure because I'm trying to keep my partner herpes-free. I unfortunately cannot afford my medicine (It's $300 a pop!), so I only take it when I have an actual outbreak (so this way it doesn't help prevent spreading it or prevent outbreaks, but it *does* make an outbreak disappear in only a few days if I take it when one starts)

The thing is, it's in a completely different spot on the left side of my vulva, and I have no headache or swollen lymph nodes. Looking at it, I really can not determine if this is an ingrown hair, a sore from chaffing, or what. The lack of other symptoms in the fact it is in a different spot for the first time ever leads me to believe that it might not be HSV at all.

So, I guess my question is: what are the chances of my symptoms changing so drastically? Should I assume that this is not an outbreak, or should we play it safe? [Well, I'm definitely going to play it safe with Partner, but I would dread wasting my expensive medicine!]

Thank you Superstars!
Tags: herpes
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