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Herpes culture; how accurate?

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IrishHeartRN

Just out of curiosity, how accurate is the H swab culture? My OBGYN did one and they called me about a week later and all they said was, "Op, you have herpes."....I was like mmmmk, completely speechless and they just sent me on my way. They never mentions what type (even though i am almost 100% is is type 2 because I have never gotten a cold sore) or any of these percentages on antibodies that some of you seem to know. Should I just call back and ask?

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andli
Should I just call back and ask?

yes, you must ask for details results of your tests, at least you have paid for

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kittycat22

i thought i had hsv2 as well as i have never had a cold sore and my partners haven't ever had one either.

turns out i have hsv1 on my genitals. call back and get the results of what kind you actually have!

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Just out of curiosity, how accurate is the H swab culture? My OBGYN did one and they called me about a week later and all they said was, "Op, you have herpes."....I was like mmmmk, completely speechless and they just sent me on my way. They never mentions what type (even though i am almost 100% is is type 2 because I have never gotten a cold sore) or any of these percentages on antibodies that some of you seem to know. Should I just call back and ask?

a positive swab is nearly 100% proof of infection

negative swabs cannot reliably indicate absence of infection.

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