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I have a few more days to go until I receive my test results (swab and blood). I posted on Terri Warren's clinic website detailing all my sexual encounters and what I've experienced. She says she would be surprised if I had it based on my sexual history and that only 3% of people in my age group have HSV2 (I'm almost 19). I'm starting to get really nervous. I posted earlier and my dr. said he was on the fence when he swabbed a red spot in my bikini area. It was entirely painless (even when scraped) and itchless. When I pushed him he said there was a 10% chance it could be herpes but then just said he didn't know when I asked again. Part of me wishes that I'd never gone to the clinic but I know that I would've lived the rest of my life wondering and convinced I have it anyways. Any positive thoughts/prayers are so welcome right now.

Also, has anyone ever been told they have herpes or "might" have herpes only to find out they don't? Stories like that are so encouraging.

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If you went to get a swab, don't worry about the results until you get them.

I can't tell you not to worry based on sexual history. STDs/STIs work on chance - it doesn't matter if you've had a hundred partners, or only one, if the situation is favorable to the virus, then it will be caught. If you've posted on Terri Warren's website, I am certain you are well familiar with the methods of transmission, as well as the statistics on it, and the fact that one way or another, you will be just fine (even if you don't see it that way yet).

It's pretty common for people to arrive here thinking they have herpes, only to finally get the test results and see a negative. My advice is to stop worrying until you actually have reason to worry. Don't fall into the trap of getting stuck on horror stories or googling images...most of those are exaggerated, pretty rare, or dare I say it...fake.

80% of those infected with genital herpes (people with the virus make up 16-20% of the population, by the way) don't have symptoms or don't know their diagnosis. You'll never hear their stories on here - and they are doing just fine (sure hasn't slowed down the population growth either).

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