Area Doctor

by Anonymous
(Athens, GA)

I have suffered since 1981. My recurrences are at least 10 a year. I have been on suppressive therapy for several years. I need to find a specialist in my area. Can someone please advice? I live in the Athens, GA area.


Dear Anonymous,

I’m sorry to hear about your condition. The duration and severity of an outbreak usually lessen dramatically overtime. This is because as the body adapts to the herpes virus, it develops antibodies which battle against an oncoming outbreak. But it seems that people react differently to the virus. Some lucky ones never experience an outbreak while some get them as many as 10 times a year.

Stress is commonly the number one factor contributing to a herpes outbreak. The virus loves to thrive on a weak immune system, so an unhealthy lifestyle can trigger the sores to appear. Recent studies have shown that taking lysine supplements can vastly decrease the frequency of a herpes outbreak. Lysine is an essential amino acid that can improve the body’s speed in healing as well as limit viral replication.

It’s great that you religiously take your suppressive medication. It may be that your body has developed a tolerance to your current dosage and needs a higher dose to effectively fight off the virus. So it’s best that you do see a qualified STD specialist on this matter. Find the right one for you and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Here are some websites that list doctors, clinics, and health centers in Athens, GA that you might find useful: HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Hope things get better for you soon.



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