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How do I get the test for the type you have?

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Not a very catchy title I know! I live in England and I have never been tested for the "type" of herpes I have. It took 3 or 4 visits to the GUM clinic to get a positive result at all. I see a lot of people on here who know the type they have and I would like to, I don't suppose it would make any difference, but I still want to know for my own curiosity really.

Also, people who have had the test for it, what do they test? Is it a blood test or do they test a swab or what?

Thanks :)

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Fairy dust

Hi there Nosila, I too am from the UK.

I fianlly went to a Sexual Health Clinic last year after having H for 26 years. I went when I had a particularly nasty sore. They swabbed it and confirmed it was type 2.

Might be worth going back to the clinic to see if they can do this for you if you really need to know what type you have.

Best of luck x

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i wonder, do you think they would have found out what type it was from the original swab that was used for a positive result? I mean, at the end of the day no it doesn't really matter which type it is (or does it?) but I want to know as much about it as I can now and so I would like to know. I am thinking of getting back there this week to sort some treatment out as I seem to be getting increasing ob's now so I may ask then. I am just a little apprehensive that they will just say no we don't test what type and talk to me like I am a fool! I know when I asked questions the first time they were a bit like that which didn't make me feel any better to be honest!

I thought they found out the type by blood tests though. or at least that is a way they can do it?

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