Nov 30, 2003
This might not be the appropriate forum but I have no where to ask. I have been diagnosed on July 2003,with CD4 646,vl 27000.I am due for more test before the end of the year.For the past 3 months when I am on my periods,I develop small 1 or 2 blisters on my vagina.What might be the caus eof this,my doctor said it is probably due to weakened immune system as a result of the menstruation cycle.They are so painful and uncomfortable.Will I experience this monthly?I read a few articles about herpes as a result of the confusion,which I am not sure if this might be the cause.He prescribed Famvir(famciclovir).I am not sure if it helped as the same occured again this month.
| Response from Dr. Pierone
Hello, it sounds like you are having recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes around the time of your period. Since it is not clear that Famvir (anti-herpes med) helped you should have a definitive diagnosis made. The best way is to see your doctor when the blisters develop so that a culture can be done. If it turns out to be a herpes infection it can be prevented or treated with meds like acyclovir, Famvir, or Valtrex. Best of luck.
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