started me on 500mg daily Valtrex
. He also tested me for HIV due to some concern, but that came back negative. During the past year, while I had mild symptoms on a semi-regular basis (tingling, itching, redness at the area), I never had any actual outbreaks.
Fast forward to about two months ago, and I had my first outbreak in a long time, and it was one of the worst I've had (lots of inflammation, several rounds of new clusters, quite fatigued, lasted 2-3 weeks).