Name: Red
Sex: Female
Age: 29
Infected: ?
Occupation: Nursing instructor, Pastor's wife
OBS: 1st episode I know of
Diagnosed: 2/00

Meds: Started on 5days of Valtrex (no noted difference after 5days)

Story: I am a Christian for about 6 years now. I had an active sex life during high school and 1st year of college. I have been married 6yrs now (been with husband 11yrs). We both had 1 other sex partner before marriage. Just had my first outbreak (at least severe) that I know of. I'm not sure when contracted or how. I have had severe oral sores since
15yrs old. I feel I could have been infected through oral sex in marriage but because of my past I am not sure. This first episode has been very painful and I'm not sure how to deal with it. My husband has been as supportive as can be. He has not had any active outbreaks at this point.

Medical Experience: PA that diagnosed me was very supportive and sensitive. She was surprised I didn't freak out, but I am a nurse and had suspected what is was before going in. Only thing is I'm Itnot sure what questions to ask. It's alot different when it happens to yourself. It is an overwhelming experience the first time it occurs.

Telling: It was not hard telling my husband and he has been supportive. I try to keep him informed as much as I can because it does affect him as well. I did tell one friend from church and it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated.

Other: I know the Lord will use this suffering to build perseverance and character in me (Romans 5:1-11). Christ's love and grace will get me through this. He will not give us more than we can handle. I can't imagine dealing with this without knowing Jesus Christ as my saviour. He loves me in spite of my past even though I still must suffer the
consequences of my sinful past.