hey guys, thanks for the replies from the last thread. I have been do the doctor and am awaiting test results right now, they should be in any day. I just have one more question to ask: how long does a first outbreak typically take to heal? I started getting sores on sunday, and they started to heal on wednesday, and by today (sunday) 7 days later, the sores are all gone. I'm wondering if the antibiotics they gave me at the hospital would speed up the process of healing that much. I haven't started the treatment of valtrex yet, so I put some coldsore ointment on the genital area (kind of a stretch, I know but I thought I'd give it a try) and it has helped tremendously with the pain as well with the healing. Although I read somewhere online that putting ointment or creams will only worsen the condition. what do you guys think? how long is it supposed to take to heal? thanks sooo much for your help guys.