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I was diagnosed with H1 and H2 a week ago. The doctor actually cleared me of all tests (I had them draw blood for Herpes, HIV, HEP C and any other STD they could test for) He looked at my tests and adressed each one seperately. "HIV-neg, Hep C - neg...."and down the line he went. Then he said "The culture swab we took for Herpes, that was neg too, so looks like your in good shape", with a careless smile, like everything was right with the world and I had no issues. Then I had to ask him, what about my blood test for Herpes? He fumbled thru his papers and said I don't see anything, did you want to test for that??? When I told him that was what I originally came to see you for (as if he didn't pick up on that from the uncontrollable crying that I think I had Herpes on my last office visit with him!!) He said "let me call the lab and find out what happend to the results, if there are any. He came back with a paper in his hand and told me "oh yeah, looks like you did test positive for 1 and 2 !!! Just a few minutes ago he was ready to send me home with a clean record!! He prescribed Valtrex and sent me on my way.

The reason I am writing this is because not only am I ready to put a gun barrel to my mouth over this whole thing, I wonder if it is worth getting a second opinion (since this Dr seemed so flaky). I should tell you that I havent had an outbreak, I dont think I've even had symptoms. I've had some strange vague irritation down there, but it doesnt come in episodes as an outbreak would.

My other question is can anybody direct me to a web site, or professional I can speak to with clinical quesions and transmissin worries etc... I am so lost and I dont want to speak to anyone I know about this, and Im not comfortable asking the Dr that diagnosed me, I feel like another Patient lost in his paperwork. I know this is a lot of questions and I'm babbling, but I dont know what to do. I need answers from someone I can trust. I HATE THIS.. Thank you if you are still reading this. I dont mean to write so much. Any response would be appreciated.

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I had dr's misdiagnose me for 10 years. I never had a classic outbreak until 2 years ago and it was small and I didn't get into to get the swab soon enough. The negative result could have had me passing this on. I am hsv2 positive. All I had was mild tingling and itching for all of those years.

Emotions are definitely what made me have full blown outbreaks and they are devastatingly difficult to live with and are ruining my life. So no matter what try to remain calm. (yeah easy for me to say)

I don't know where you are so I don't have a place to recommend. There are some people on this list who can direct you to the exact right tests. The Western Blot that has been mentioned sounds like the right one to me but I think it is difficult to find a dr who does this. The Elisa tests and the HerpeSelect sound right too. I've been told that some of the blood tests done differentiate from the herpes virus strains and others do. My doctor refused to do blood work because a positive for hsv1 is the same to him as hsv2.

I commend you for being proactive. I am sorry your doctor is lame like mine.

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i cant say this enough- herpes is not the end of the world.

once you read up on it- it really is the first thing id would want to be diagnosed with. so much better then hearing- oh and by the way that aids test positive, not to forget that you have cancer and only 2 weeks to live.

herpes will not kill you, sure it sucks when you have a ob but thats it.

get yourself a better doctor, it will make any time u have to see them, talk to them so much better for you.

that irritation your having can be a outbreak, somepeople get sores every month, some just get a tiny cut, and some people get nothing. everyone is diffrent.

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Thank you both for responding. It is helpful to relate to someone else who is going thru it. Waxedwrong, I am grateful that it was not something worse, believe me. I'm the first one to admit that blessings are sometimes hidden. It just really stings right now.

I have other questions, but I think they want you to write in the appropriate forums catagory so I will look around for those. Thanks for letting me introduce myself and vent.


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