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Diagnosed with HSV-2 after trip to Asia

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 3, 2007
  • 06:09 PM

I make frequent trips to Asia for business. It's been a part of my job since 1997. I am happily married, and have been faithful to my wife since meeting her twelve years ago. I have never been with a *********e or have ever been diagnosed with any type of STD.

Recently, upon my recent return from a trip to Asia, I found blisters/pimples on my penis. I went to the doctor to have it checked out. He said it looked like herpes and then took a culture sample to have it tested. To my surprise, the results came back positive for HSV-2. The doctor explained that I could have had this for years and didn't know it. He said I could've gotten it before I met my wife twelve years ago and didn't know it.

I'm now having to explain to my wife why the results are positive. She now suspects that I've been unfaithful because reports on the web say that outbreaks occur within days after infection. She says that she's been tested routinely for diseases like this in each of her pregnancies. Although I can't rule it out, I don't believe that I got it from my wife. If I got it, I got it from a past relationship more than twelve years ago, in which the person I was with had many partners and used drugs frequently.

I'm seeking help to find some medical data that can help me explain this to save my marriage and family. My wife is trying to stay strong through this but don't know how long she will last. Meanwhile, I'm being asked to take another trip to Asia.

Can someone please point me in the right direction?

Thanks.

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