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hi all,

I am new here. I guess im just looking for support at this stage.

I have been seeing a guy, and on his word, I stupidly trusted that he was std free.

at the conclusion of our relationship recently, I developed a cold sore on my lip. I had known about being hsv1 positive and have had cold sores before, but now I am freaking out that I have caught hsv2. every little tingle and twich down there, and im terrified I am now positive (no obvious lesions).

I am going to the drs tomorrow to have a std check up and discuss my concerns. I know blood tests aren't definitive and im worried. just need someone to emotionally hold my hand whilst I go through this as I cant talk about this with anyone in my life right now without the judgements that come with it.

thanks to anyone who responds.

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Hi there, welcome to the website!

Did you know that if you already had hsv1 (which 90% of all adults do) that it makes it 30% more difficult for you to get hsv2? The antibodies your immune system create to fight the hsv1 virus help protect you.

If you haven't had any symptoms down there then you probably don't have hsv2 genital. Unfortunately about the only way you will know for certain is to wait 4 months after you last had sex and then take a blood test. Most blood tests are accurate but you have to wait that long to see if your immune system has created hsv2 antibodies to fight the infection.

Even if you have hsv2 genital you can still live a normal life. I have been on this website daily for over 6 years and have chatted with thousands here and many have told me that getting genital herpes changed their lives for the better.

Good luck!


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