Discussions By Condition: Sexual conditions

Genital Herpes and now Mono?

Posted In: Sexual conditions 3 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 9, 2011
  • 07:32 PM

What is the likelihood that one causes the other, or that they would happen concurrently? I know they are both herpes viruses, however I cannot find any articles discussing the appearance of them both within 2 weeks of each other. Seems strange that a normally healthy 19 year old should contract two herpes viruses one immediately following the other. Could the genital herpes (which pronounced first) have caused an immuno-suppressed state wherein the EBV/Mono was easier to contract? Are there any special considerations for the treatment of them together? TYVM for any assistance!

Reply Flag this Discussion

3 Replies:

  • :( genital warts suck, i get them on and off all the time. http://www.foxtreatments.info/hpv helps clear them up but they keep coming back.
    manuel98 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • What is the likelihood that one causes the other, or that they would happen concurrently? I know they are both herpes viruses, however I cannot find any articles discussing the appearance of them both within 2 weeks of each other. Seems strange that a normally healthy 19 year old should contract two herpes viruses one immediately following the other. Could the genital herpes (which pronounced first) have caused an immuno-suppressed state wherein the EBV/Mono was easier to contract? Are there any special considerations for the treatment of them together? TYVM for any assistance!I have actually had the same experience, believe it or not - and I found out I was actually misdiagnosed with the herpes. I first went to the doctor when I noticed two very small lesions on my labia. I was 15 at the time. I had not had sexual intercourse but I had received oral sex before. I went to my pediatrician, and she diagnosed me with herpes by visually examining the sores. She also took a swab of the lesions, however, she never told me she was sending them out for lab work to be done, and she diagnosed me immediately after coming back into the room (years later, when discussing my situation with my gynecologist, he said that there is no type of actual lab test that can be done within that quick time period - so she must have just diagnosed me from my symptoms alone). She prescribed me a high dose of acyclovir, which I started taking immediately. I was utterly devastated. Probably around two weeks later, I woke up one morning feeling SICK. I had horrible white ulcers all over my tonsils. I thought for sure it was strep - but when I went to the doctor, she gave me the finger ****k blood test and diagnosed me with mononucleosis. I attributed it to being caused by my weakened immune system from the herpes at the time.Four years later, I decided to ask my gynecologist to perform a blood test so I could determine which form of herpes virus I had (hsv-1 or 2). I had originally assumed that I had contracted hsv-1 genitally (from receiving oral sex from an infected person), causing my first outbreak to be extremely mild because it was not in its 'site of preference'. Either way, I just wanted to know so I could tell future partners with certainty about my condition. When the doctor told me my blood test came back negative for antibodies to BOTH HSV type 1 AND type 2, I was shocked. I had believed I had herpes for four years. In order to rule out a false negative, I had more lab work done. It came back negative again. My doctor explained that I must have been misdiagnosed, or else treated quickly enough and with a strong enough dose of acyclovir that the virus was not able to latch onto my sacral ganglia. He told me that the results of the blood tests were conclusive - I definitely did not have herpes. Only today did I come across THIS article that I found to be fascinating. http://www.jabfm.org/cgi/reprint/18/1/67.pdfBy searching scholar.google.com, you can find even more scholarly articles from medical journals about the occurrence of infectious mononucleosis causing genital lesions. Apparently there have been 26 reported cases to date (and that was as of 2006), with most of the patients female and a median age of 14.5 (I was 15). I would strongly urge you to get a blood test again in order to ensure the accuracy of your herpes diagnosis. It could change your life like it changed mine.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I got a fever and then a severe outbreak of genital ulcers which was initially misdiagnosed as genital herpes. It turned out to be an initial infection with Epstein-Barr virus, which can cause mono, as well as painful genital ulcers in some people. It is very possible that your "herpes" was really one of the first symptoms of mono. Google Epstein Barr and genital ulcers and you will find new information that this is becoming more recognized. You need lab testing to see if you were misdiagnosed with herpes. I am 36 years old and am negative for both HSV 1 and 2. Many doctors seem to be ignorant of the fact that Epstein-Barr, or mono, can cause genital ulcers.
    Misdiagnosed23 2 Replies Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.