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Is this herpes? Panicking!!!!

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dance215

So, about three-four weeks ago, I noticed a hard, pea-sized bump on the right side of my labia, under the skin. I had had this kind of bump about a year before, during the summer when I was sweating a lot, having sex with my then-boyfriend, and shaving, so I wasn't that worried about it, although I have recently been sexually active. It went away after a couple of days and that was that...until it came back just a few days after that. Then it went away again for a few days, and finally returned about a week ago. There was no pain, itching, burning during urination, etc., and the thing was barely visible above the skin--just a medium-hard lump underneath the skin. Well, I did something stupid and, thinking it could be herpes and trying to figure it out, started picking at it until some clear liquid and blood came out. Of course, the next day, the bump was pretty much gone (although not completely) and the thing was starting to drain some whitish liquid that was barely visible. Now there is just a tiny sore (more like a red patch) that still doesn't hurt, and even thought I stupidly touched the thing a million times, it hasn't spread to any part of my body (yet). I've been going crazy trying to figure out if this is herpes; I took a blood test (type-specific) and tested negative for both type 1 and 2, although I know the antibodies don't always show up until 6 or more weeks after. I went to the doctor and she said it looked like an infected hair follicle rather than herpes, but she swabbed it just in case because it WAS an open sore, even though there was only one and no pain (even when she touched it directly). How likely is it that this is herpes?? I talked to my ex-boyfriend (whom I stopped having sex with about five weeks ago) and he said he has never exhibited any symptoms or had an outbreak, although I know from research that that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't have it. I have had one partner since him (a huge mistake!!!) with whom I only received oral sex (didn't give it or have any other kind of sex). I am just terrified and convinced that I have it!!! Please help!!

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Prettyawesomechick

Calm down

First of all, herpes should ALWAYS be diagnosed via igg blood test. Second, there are many other issues that your symptom could stem from. Understand that herpes is not life threatening, nor is it something that plenty of people feel can ruin your life. MANY people have it. It's extremely common. You won't know for sure until you are tested. Just stay calm and understand that 1 in 4 women have this and you aren't even sure if you're one of them. Even so, it will be okay. Also, make sure your partner is blood tested as well. Not to mention, get an entire STD panel and make sure you ask for a herpes blood specific test. Those aren't usually included in the panel considering how common the virus is. God bless.

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dance215

Hey! Thanks--I did get an igg test but, like I said, I'm not sure if the negative results were true because of the length of time in between the possible exposure and my test.

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Prettyawesomechick

Even so...

It's still neccessary to continue testing 6 weeks and then 3 months. Even so, don't be alarmed. Many people are stigmatized by results when there is little to be terribly concerned about. If in fact you do test positive, this is not uncommon. I hope and prey that you are not but just want to share some reassurance, those of us that are carriers are no different and can cause minimal risk to those that aren't when using the proper observant and, if neccessary, medical treatment. Keep positive. Stay alert, and please please please be careful and safe when it comes to partners! All my heart and prayers go out to you! God bless again :-).

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Sarathebrave

I was just diagnosed with a Bartholyn Cyst was sure as heck it was an OB but apparently I was wrong! So now I'm on some antibiotics after 5 weeks of trying everything under the sun to get rid of the damned thing. :p

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