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While taking a bath this morning, I found a bump beside my vagina and I was wondering what it may be?

While taking a bath this morning, I found a bump beside my vagina and I was wondering what it may be?

Can the herpes virus remain dormant for a period of up to 30 years before any symptoms are evident?

My wife was recently diagnosed with HSV-2 after showing typical blistering in the vaginal area and having both blood and swab tests. Her physician prescribed Valtrex for treatment. We have been in a monogamous relationship for over 30 years and neither of us have had any visual symptoms in the past. She did have a similar occurrence about a year ago but tested negative. Her symptoms came in conjunction with several menstrual cycle problems and several yeast infections, all of which have been treated by her physician. I plan on getting tested, and believe that I’ll most likely test positive. Her doctor told her that he has never witnessed the virus being dormant for more than 12 years. This has caused her to doubt my faithfulness in the relationship, which I understand under the circumstances. I do not doubt her faithfulness at all. I could easily accept the fact that I (or she, for that matter) was infected prior to our marriage over 30 years ago and never knew...can the herpes virus remain dormant for that long before showing symptoms?

Can HSV-1 in the mouth be transferred to other body parts?

I know that HSV-1 can be transmitted to the lips or genitals of one’s partner. But is there a risk that the virus could be passed to other body parts, like the breasts or neck during foreplay and intercourse? And, what is the likelihood of spreading oral herpes through kissing if no symptoms are present?

Is it possible to have herpes and not know it?

I’m a 21-year-old woman. I'm. About six months ago, I found out that I have genital herpes. The only person I could have contracted it from is my current boyfriend (he’s my first). We’re close and I believe he didn’t know he had the virus, but my family and friends think he must have known. Is it possible that a man might not know he has the herpes virus?