I have oral HSV-1, I know its very common, but I have it bad. I get 2-3 outbreaks a month, each lasting about 7-10 days and they are hell. I'm on medication for it (valtrex). My doc said my outbreaks are proably the worse he has seen in a looong time. all this shit is really depressing me because I want to get a gf but this shit gets in the way. i cant kiss her, share a drink with her, nothing that involves the mouth. When do I tell a girl I have it? If you have any other advice about this situtation, i'd love to hear it. UPDATE: Heres some more news. I've been on Valtrex since the outbreaks got really bad, about 4 months ago. I've been having some problems, such as being extrememly tired and my doctor thinks the medicine is most likely making me anemic. So now I have to go in and get a lot of bloodwork done. This just figures. I take a medicine to help one condition, and then it gives me another. Update2: Went to the doctors today. He is taking me off the medication so I won't have anythhing to use during my outbreaks. He said about girlfriends and stuff, just act like you don't have it. But when I have an outbreak, don't kiss her. So he is telling me not to tell anyone about it and just avoid contact during an outbreak. I had to take a urine test today to check for kidney problems or diabetes. Both were negative. Blood tests are probably tommorrow.