hi there, I've had genital herpes for just over half a year now and I'm still learning to deal with it. I've got a very supportive boyfriend, but I haven't told the parents as this is something I want to handle on my own (being as supportive as they are) I've been taking aciclivor twice a day for 12 weeks then I go back to the clinic for a review. I haven't had an outbreak on the tablets but I have when I'm off them. Just need some ideas on what helps soothe other people? I've head tea tree oil is good? I have another quiery too. Basically I have found that sex can be quite painful for me. With or without an outbreak. Sometimes I get a burning sensation after, I have swollen up a few times and other times it's just been very uncomfortable. This only lasts about a day and then it's gone? Obviously everyone looks on the internet for a diagnosis which is the worst thing to do but I just want to know if anyone else with herpes have found sex uncomfortable or sore?