I get asked this question a lot ” Is it genital herpes?”. I don’t just get asked it by people who don’t know they have it but also by people who have already been diagnosed and especially from people who have tried my Herpes Antidote for a few weeks. Sometimes, these people will feel a constant or recurring itch or a rash, but blisters will never appear.
It usually means that they are well on their way to controlling herpes but have not reach full control yet.
I’m against providing any form of herpes diagnosis on line because it’s already hard enough to identify at the doctor’s office. For me, it’s just unrealistic to think one can diagnose it on line. You can get a guesstimate but nothing really conclusive.
So I am going to focus here on people who already have herpes. The main issue when you’re becoming more and more asymptomatic – and that’s what happens when you follow my Herpes antidote program – is that it becomes more and more difficult to assess whether it is herpes causing a mild rash or just something else. Often at these sub-levels of symptoms a doctor’s examination will not bring you any form of clarity or relief.
In the light of a recent independent study, it seems that most asymptomatic shedding episodes last only 7 to 13 hours, whether you’re taking suppressive therapy or not. Asymptomatic shedding symptoms are very mild or non-existent. They’re called asymptomatic because the person suffering from herpes does not notice anything. If you’ve read my first book, Herpes Wise, or even my newsletter, you know that one of the first, but very important steps you can take to prevent herpes transmission is to learn how to identify the mildest symptoms. In my new program, Herpes Antidote, I even teach you how to identify the triggers that have the greatest probability of leading to symptoms. Why is that? Just because I have observed countless times that the sooner you treat a herpes outbreak, the sooner it goes away.
But let me return to the core of the subject “Is it genital herpes?” Some people feel they are constantly in between outbreaks and suffer continually from constant itching or a constant rash. Others have intermittent symptoms. Current research confirms that asymptomatic shedding or very mild symptoms usually only last half a day. This indicates that if you have long-lasting symptoms, you probably have several issues at the same time.
The main difference between a herpes infection and an allergy, for example, is its location. If you feel a mild itch in a small area where you previously had symptoms then you are very likely to be suffering from herpes. If you’re not sure, you may want to run to the lab and take a PCR test. If herpes is present then you can be absolutely sure it is herpes related.
In other situations it might be that herpes has damaged your nerves a bit and what you’re feeling is the lingering sensation of a previous outbreak. I remember feeling this during my first and second year of herpes, but not all the time. I think it might have been because my symptoms were quite severe at that time.
It may also be because some other illness or condition like the menopause may be causing herpes to shed more often. In that case you might feel symptoms for one or two days then nothing, but in very short intervals.
However, if your symptoms are constant, not really evolving much and occurring in short bouts, it’s probable that it’s something other than herpes. This doesn’t mean herpes will not infect you on top of that. With herpes you should feel a short peak that lasts no longer than 12 to 48 hours where you had a previous outbreak or in a rather small area.
If your symptoms affect all of your genital area and anus and you’ve had primo-infection and are not immuno-compromised then again it’s quite unlikely that what’s at play is genital herpes.
Of course if your symptoms are followed by a normal outbreak with blisters and wet sores or just one bigger sore, you can be quite certain it is very likely to be herpes related.
I have given support to many people who stopped having outbreaks or just weren’t sure the symptoms they were having between outbreaks were herpes related. They have usually found these guidelines quite helpful. However, if you really want to be certain because you’re concerned about transmitting herpes to your partner or your partner just can’t stand that you have to refrain from sex so much, my only advice is to try and get PCR tests a few times. I know they can be quite costly but I think it could be a great investment. Understanding symptoms is your first way of protecting your partner and yourself from further herpes symptoms.
That said, those guidelines should really help you answer the question “is it genital herpes” and make things a bit clearer for you. Maybe you’ll find it reassuring to know that I have had two partners in the past ten years and neither has gotten herpes from me. However, I cannot stress enough that the more you know your body’s herpes signs, the better chance you have of protecting your partner. You can greatly reduce herpes transmission risk this way. Actually some doctors believe it cuts them by 50%.
If you want to learn how I remained symptoms free and never infected anyone in ten years, you can read more here