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This past Sunday I noticed pain when I wipped after using the bathroom. I pulled out a mirror to check and noticed 3 small ulcers/sores on my labia minoria. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and he thinks from visual inspection that I have herpes. As far as I know this is my first outbreak. I have been with the same partner for 7 years. We haven't had sex since X-mas (sad huh?) and he swears up and down that he hasn't had an affair. He also just recently had a physical for the military and he says that the physical included testing for STD's which came back negative. Three years ago I went to my gyno because I had a sore on my labia. I had gained weight and was too stubborn to buy bigger jeans so I wore my jeans without panties and the friction from the too tight jeans caused a sore on my labia. My gyno thought it was herpes and ran test but they came back negative. About 3 years before that I had knicked myself shaving on my labia and caused a sore. That time the doctor just thought it was what it was, a razor cut that got infected and gave me antibiotics and it went away. Is this Herpes? Or can there be another reason for the ulcers/sores? Of course I have been reading everything I can find on herpes and stressing myself out big time.

Any opinions, advice would be greatly appreciated!

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It takes up to 4 months for your body to produce enough antibodies against HSV to be detected for a blood test. If you think you may have had herpes for a long time then get a bloodtest. I don't know if you doc ran a culture or a bloodtest. If you got the bloodtest and you don't think your doc is giving you a good answer after seeing the problem then maybe seek the opinion of another. You can also wait another month or 3 and get another bloodtest.

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Does it always take 4 mos to show antibodies in a blood test? If someone I'm dating shows them, he's had it that long, and if I'm neg, it means that I may or may not have it but that he had it first? Not that it changes things, but am I correct in that assumption?

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    • EssenceL25
      I’m going to force him to get tested ! Thanks for your help ! 
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 there really isn't a question mark around the source, it's your latest partner. The median time from infection to an outbreak of lesions upon initial infection is 4 days.  The only thing that isn't certain is the type I suggest.
    • EssenceL25
      I asked if it was hsv 1 or 2 and the doctor said it was Hsv2. I’m not sure i just asked him when he was tested last he said this year I said I think we should go test together and he agreed . I’m going to bring it up again cause I really need to know if he gave this to me I wasn’t sure since it was so close to my previous relationship.
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 then it is all beyond reasonable doubt that the current partner is the source. A 'perfect' fit in terms of timing, symptoms and swab. It may be though that the type is not technically known. Culture swabs are very often not typed and just assumed to be HSV-2 if taken from a genital location. If you received oral sex in the days leading into 7 March then it is 50/50 as to whether this is HSV-1 or HSV-2. You could contact your doctor and confirm if the swab was actually typed (which is a second test where fluorescent antibodies for HSV-1 and HSV-2 are added and see which one 'glows').  If that test wasn't done then you do not know type. If you have oral HSV-1 yourself (cold sores) then this will be HSV-2. Does your partner have oral HSV-1? It is somewhat strange for him not to rush and test - many people have a 'reaction' if they truly do not know their status and have concerns that you infected them etc. (not initially rational of course). This indicates he may know his status - or maybe he just isn't simply the sharpest tool in the shed!?
    • EssenceL25
      I had flu like symptoms and ulcers on my vagina . They did a culture and I tested positive for hsv2. I asked my partner to get tested he agreed but I’m not sure if he will cause he hasn’t said anything else about it. 
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