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   Posted 9/20/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I was dx with HSV I about a year ago and have since only had the one outbreak. I was dx with RA about a month ago. My PCP now thinks the RA has kept the HSV at bay since my immune system is basically in overdrive. I fear that I will have more outbreaks now that I'll be taking Enbrel (lowering my immune system).

Does anyone else have both HSV and RA? Thanks in Advance.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry I'm not sure what HSV is? But I hope someone will come along that does.  Hopefully the Enbrel will not lower your immune system too much.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I just looked it up... It is Herpes symplex virus....FYI.... Laura :-)
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   Posted 9/22/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laura...Well, I didn't want to make any assumptions, I'm sure you understand!
As for the Enbrel, I took it for a little over a year, and I actually had more issues with infections on Methotrexate than I did on the Enbrel. 
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