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Hi all,

This is my second post. I've reason to suspect that I've got genital herpes and have had 2 minor outbreaks, the first I assumed was nothing, the second I thought suspicious.

Here in the UK dr's it seem are more reticent to blood test as typically they do the generic antibody test and not much else; unless you go private. I'm not berating the nhs here or anything, testing it seems just seems like an annoying expense, and the gum clinic I went to said 'all looks fine to me, come back when it flares up again if it does'.

Annyway. I don't currently have symptoms, have a new partner (thankfully he works away so I can delay 'the talk' if it comes to that). I've emailed a lady who works for a herpes charity (and I've no reason to disbelieve her) and she's said this..

'Before going in for the test, remember what I said: it is LIKELY that you will be positive (more people are than not); a positive test will NOT tell you that your spots were caused by herpes simplex. The only way to tell if you have genital herpes is to have a swab test from the spots themselves.'

Is this the case? Whilst I must admit, I'm a little less upset by it all. I really don't feel like I want to wait for another outbreak (that might never come?) to be diagnosed. Should I abstain from sex until I have another outbreak; It could be a year? There's only so many things I can say to my partner before it becomes suspect. I say this because I wouldn't mention it before diagnosis incase he takes it on as an unnecessary burden. Mind you, I wouldn't allow myself to have sex with him if I didn't tell him..christ.

My main question is, is swab testing the best way to find out what type you have and where? And what were your experiences, did you wait for a breakout, or did you get a type specific blood test?

Many thanks in advance people. I know I've rambled, but I swam 50 lengths then ate a lot of sweets.. :s

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A blood test can tell you what you have but not where you have it. However if your test comes back for hsv2 then you more than likely have it genital. If it comes back positive for hsv1 then it is more likely to be oral. However if you have ever received oral sex you may have hsv1 genital. The only true way to know what you have and where you have it is through a swab.

Come to the Chat Room, there you will meet many nice Herpsters who can give you their support.

Good luck!


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