Did you know that chicken pox is a form of herpes? However it sounds to me, a 15 year sufferer of this virus, that indeed you do have herpes. You didn't need to do anything to get it, more than kissing an aunt or grandma with this virus. One in four people in the U.S. have it. It may never rear its ugly head again or it might happen every time you're stressed or in the sun too long. Lots of water, mind your stress levels and take L-Lysine ( a vitamin) whenever you feel that little tingle, when your lips are chapped, when you're stressed or run down. 5 pills a day for 3 days then start lowering the dosage as you see fit. Keep in mind that it is contagious before and after the actual outbreak.