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ApplestoOranges

I just got back from an infectious disease specialist after I experienced what I though was my first outbreak. I had never actually seen a sore as the pain was internal (vaginal) and when I had my physician check me out (she originally diagnosed me via blood test) she said that it was indeed a sore, and prescribed me valtrex without culturing it.

Well now it's been several weeks, and I still felt the same pain I did before I started the medication. When I called my doctor back up, she said she didn't know what to tell me, and referred me to the specialist I saw yesterday.

She gave me some interesting news.

After taking one look at my labwork, she told me my numbers were so low as to be meaningless (1.66 for HSV1 and 2.36 for type 2); the doctor who diagnosed me was wrong for telling me that I was definitely positive, and went on to describe that even Igg bloodwork isn't too great at identifying type, and recommended that her patients avoid them altogether. She took another look down below, and said that, while the area looked slightly mottled, there was nothing that could be cultured. So either the valtrex worked, or it was something else. But why would I still feel the nervy-achy pain in my nether-regions?

The specialist said that I definitely have HSV1, but it was hazy on whether or not I have type 2. She didn't think I had it, but I will have to see if the pain gets stronger, and get it checked right away. If it's positive for type 2, then I'll know. But if not, or if it doesn't come back, I will be kind of stuck in this maybe or maybe not scenario.

The idea that this thing that has given me so much grief over the last few months might just go away is tempting, but I know that reality is more complicated. The info from this new doctor is comforting, but what happens when I have to tell a new partner? Will I even have to disclose? I don't know how I would even describe this to another person, or what to make of this in general. I've told past partners they needed to get tested, and disclosed to new ones (one of whom ran). This is awful of me, but I almost regret getting the test done in the first place.

If anyone actually reads all of this, it will be greatly appreciated. :)Does anyone know what to make of this, or been through something similar?

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Countrygirl84

I'm going through something similar. I had my first outbreak a couple of months ago. It was external though and I saw the bumps. They didn't really look like blisters/sores. I went to one doctor who said HPV, then my regular doctor said herpes but she said the outbreak was too old to be cultured. She did a blood test almost 8 weeks later and I was negative (less than .9) for both HSV 1 and 2. She said it's possible my immune system is keeping the virus in check. I'm going back again four months from my original outbreak to get retested. Until then it's daily acyclovir. It's really frustrating!!

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