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I've slept with two people in my life. The second I'm starting to think wasn't so faithful to me. I had these painless bumps that I popped that look like zits. I went to the free clinic they gave me a visual diagnosis of herpes. Two weeks later, I went to my regular gyno and he said no one can give a visual diagnosis plus painless bumps that pop like zits are not herpes. I made him do a blood test anyways. He told me if he did a blood test, it could show that I have been exposed to it, but not have it. To me, that makes absolutely no sense. The nurse called today said I have recently been exposed to herpes. My long term exposure was negative. I schedule a follow up appt with my doctor next week because she couldn't answer my questions. If I have antibodies, don't I have herpes? I don't understand. I have come up with a list of questions for him, but my gyno can be a slight jerk so I want to do a lot of research before I get there. This I guess is my venting message. But if anyone has a good site, please send it to me. Thanks!

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Ugh, doctors are annoying. "Exposed" is a nice way of saying you carry the virus, meaning, yes, you do have it. What he meant is that a non-specific blood test (even if it was positive), would not show if you have it genitally and if that's whats causing your symptoms, as many people have antibodies to type 1 (oral) herpes. However, it sounds like you had a type-specific test which would show IgM and IgG antibodies. If your IgM was positive for herpes antibodies, and the IgG was negative this could signal a new infection. (IgM antibodies are what our bodies first produce, but can also be produced during a recurrence. IgG are what we produce in place of the IgG after a few months or weeks.) So a positive IgG would suggest you've had the virus for a while. Also, did they say what type it was positive for? Type 1 can be oral or genital, but type 2 is almost always a genital infection.

I saw call and ask your doctor's office exactly what kind of test was done, and what the numerical results were. There are people on here who can decipher/explain them more clearly if you post the results in the "testing" thread.

Hope this helped and that you get some straight-forward answers soon! ;)

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