I had a blood test 10 years ago that showed I had HSV2 antibodies. I had never had the major "initial outbreak" you read about, but had the test because a former partner told me he had herpes. For years I never had any symptoms. Over the past year, I occasionally (approx. every 3 months) get itchy and/or painful red bumps on my vagina (inner labia) or near my anus. There's almost always only one bump - usually just red and slightly raised - but never looks like the "classic" herpes blisters and never appear in clusters - they also never break open, scab or crust. They last about 5 days and just disappear on their own. Occasionally during the first couple of days I have slight nerve pain down the back of my thigh. The only change in the past year was that I began taking the BC pill, Yaz. Could this be a factor? I am on Vatrex daily to help in not spreading the virus to my partner. It doesn't seem to help prevent or clear up these "episodes". Is this herpes? If so, how do I stop OBs?
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!
I suggest you re-test for herpes and viral load. You may need to stop the antiviral you are taking and abstain from sex before you can take the test. This is the only way to ensure whether the test 10 years ago was correct or false positive. If you test positive for HSV, then the outbreaks will come and go, and nothing can prevent it.
Also, the outbreaks can be allergic reaction to condom latex if you use them. If you get it after menstrual cycle, they can be due to allergy to sanitary pads or tampons. Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please consult your gynecologist regarding this. Hope this helps. Take care!
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