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I have some questions that I'm hoping someone with experience can help answer.

In odd pimple showed up at the base of my penis 2 weeks ago. It appeared out of nowhere in a matter of a day or so(thought it was a heat rash or in grown hair since I had just groomed myself). Happened to have a dr appointment for something else, so I asked him to take a look. He suggested a routine test. It came back 1.6 for hsv2. I don't doubt the results and I'm not going around looking for opinions on how this could be a false positive. If it is a false positive, good for me, but I'm not looking for it.

I'd never had any type of pimple thing like this before and after reading many many posts here, I can only surmise that this was the first outbreak. The pimple came and went in a matter of about 3 days(literally) and if I hadn't had a dr visit, on one of them there would have been nothing to show. Due to travel there was about 3 days in between the disappearance of the pimple and the blood draw.

Now my questions that come about because of such a low number on the test...

Could the first out break be this small? or could it have just been an ingrown hair and I have had the virus for longer (i.e. this was a reading of my "natural antibody state")? Anyone else have an experience of nothing and then one small pimple (years?) later?

Could the lag between the pimple disappearing and the test made the score go low? I ask because I've seen other people talk about scores in the 3's and 4's.

Anything else that might be helpful?

I feel like I have a bunch of learning to do and after reading the posts here, talking to people with experience seems an effective additional source of information beyond talking to my dr (who has since politely pointed me to someone with more experience).

Thanks for your help.

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I don't know that I would invest too much in the numbers on the test. If you are positive you are positve and the numbers won't make a difference in the long run.

A first ob can be small or large or you can be infected and never notice an ob at all.

My first classic ob was in year 8 of infection. Before that I had symptoms so insignificant that the dr's didn't diagnose me.

Here is a link that helps with some stuff.

http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herpes_simplex_1_and_2.htm

This link tells about symptoms but everyone describes something different. I get a headache, major sciatic pain in my back and itching but usually nothing more.

http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herpes_symptoms.htm

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From the description and another thread where boxofrain posted some info, I am guessing this pimple was not my first outbreak or if it was, it wasn't from first exposure.

It seems like a brain buster to read these pages sometimes. The first one had me thinking "seems like anything could be symptom" and the second one left me thinking "maybe I happen to be lucky enough to not have lots of out breaks or at least not noticeable ones".

Can't wait til scientists discover cures for viruses. Certainly would make things like this easier.

thanks for the information.

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