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Hi. Im a 25 yr old female. I just got my test results back from what I guess would be called a swab test? It was for a 12 day bout of pain and irritation - the first time i had ever experienced something like this.

I already have been diagnosed with HSV-1 oral for 5 years.

I already have been diagnosed with HSV-2 genital for almost a year and a half.

My HSV-2 has proved to be insignificant (Thank God) in terms of symptoms. Im pretty asymptomatic.

Since my HSV-2 diagnosis, I have not had sex. That is, until a recent episode of oral sex. 6 days later, I woke up with a lot of vaginal pain, which sent me in to the dr. (5 days into symptoms) to get tested. The dr. saw irritation and tiny bumps inside, but she said it did not look like herpes.

The test results came back negative for everything (including both types of herpes).

The pain and symptoms lasted 11-12 days and then subsided on their own.

So now Im really confused. I feel like it was related to receiving oral sex (which I never do)...and Ive always been really sensitive to it (to the point that I don't like receiving it much).

But this was like nothing else. Does anyone have experience with false negatives from swab tests?

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Does anyone have experience with false negatives from swab tests?

False negatives are common with swab tests b/c there is only a limited window during which the swab will pick up live virus. In your case, 5 days into symptoms, the swab was probably done too late.

Since you know you already have GH, maybe it was an OB triggered by stress or by some mild infection of something else that you got from oral sex? Or maybe it was a new, non-herpes infection of some kind?

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