If I Have HSV-1 on My Genitals Will I Get Outbreaks Again?

by DD

I am 17 years old and on Jan 18 2013 my doctors told me I had herpes, I am currently waiting for my results to find out if its type one or two, but my doctor believes it to be one, I don’t know what to do and I am very scared. So my question is: if I have HSV-1 on my genitals will I get outbreaks again?


Dear DD,

First of all, I understand how you feel. Getting diagnosed with genital herpes can seem like the end of the world. But it really isn’t. Trust me. You’re young and have your whole future ahead of you. Don’t let a silly virus ruin your chance at living a satisfying life.

The first outbreak is the worst, but it gets better after that. By religiously taking suppressive antiviral medication, the frequency of herpes outbreaks lessens over time. How you effectively manage your lifestyle also affects the severity and longevity of your outbreaks. The number one thing that causes outbreaks to happen is STRESS. It could be triggered by a stressful job, relationship, or environment. Smoking, excessive alcohol intake, inadequate sleep, and lack of exercise could also contribute to stressing out your body.

So by getting healthy, you shun away the virus so it doesn’t appear often. If anything, herpes will allow you to have a higher quality of life as you’ll be compelled to take care of yourself and avoid unhealthy factors that could set off outbreaks.

In the meantime, research all you can about the herpes virus while waiting for your results. Having knowledge of what you are up against is crucial in making informed decisions in the future.

Hope this helps!



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