When I was going through the waiting period and uncertain if I had herpes, I found myself contemplating what it would be like to live with the virus. The questions flooded my mind: What if I had herpes? How would my life change? Could I still date? Would I have to commit to the person I contracted it from? Would I experience constant outbreaks or never have another one? The number of inquiries seemed endless.
If you've recently been diagnosed, I can empathize with the similar quandaries you may be facing. Allow me to address the top three questions frequently asked by the community and in the comments. The first and often most significant concern is:
Will I ever have sex again?
The answer is a resounding yes, you will. I vividly recall thinking I would never engage in sexual activity again, or if I did, it would have to be exclusively with the person who transmitted it to me. I believed that nobody else would desire me and that I had become "used goods." However, the truth is that the desire and decision to have sex lie within you. If you worry about acceptance due to having herpes, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how understanding people can be. Will rejection happen? Possibly, but remember, rejection is not exclusive to herpes. I have discussed rejection and herpes in other videos, which I encourage you to explore. In terms of sex and intimacy, it is entirely possible to have a fulfilling and normal sex life after a herpes diagnosis. You will likely discover that herpes has little impact on it. As I mentioned, more detailed information can be found in my other videos.
The next prominent question revolves around preventing outbreaks.
Many of you reach out to me through direct messages or comments, seeking advice on preventing future outbreaks or reducing their frequency. Fortunately, there are ways to manage herpes outbreaks effectively. Antiviral medications such as Valtrex, Valacyclovir, and Acyclovir can be prescribed by a doctor. These medications are FDA-approved and proven to keep the herpes simplex virus (HSV) dormant to a significant extent. Additionally, incorporating L-Lysine into your diet, a natural amino acid, can provide significant benefits in combating the herpes virus. Lysine helps slow down or prevent the growth of HSV-1, which requires arginine (another amino acid) to thrive. By impeding arginine absorption, lysine makes it challenging for HSV-1 to replicate. Including lysine-rich foods or supplements in your daily routine can make a notable difference. If you're interested in the lysine product I use, you can find it here. Moreover, topical application of essential oils and other nutrients, such as Lemon Balm, Tea Tree Oil, Citrus Oils, Oregano Oil, Peppermint Oil, Chamomile Oil, and Eucalyptus Oil, can aid in combating the virus, promoting wound healing, and providing soothing effects. Our Secret Society Wellness products are specifically designed for individuals living with herpes, containing powerful ingredients to combat the virus.
Source of infection.
While some individuals may have a clear idea of where they contracted the virus, others remain uncertain. Typically, the virus manifests and reveals itself within the first 12 days after exposure. Initial outbreaks typically occur within the first two weeks of contracting the virus, although exceptions exist. The HSV virus can be unpredictable, with symptoms appearing weeks, months, or even years after exposure. In many cases, people may not display any symptoms and are considered asymptomatic carriers. This means that individuals in monogamous relationships can suddenly develop herpes without knowing when or where they acquired it. Ultimately, the best approach is to accept that we have it and avoid blaming ourselves.
If you're anything like me, you'll have numerous additional questions and find yourself diving deeper into the topic. Feel free to ask your questions so that I can provide support throughout this journey.