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Hi everyone, I have a question regarding the type of virus that I have right now. I could just get tested but the problem is I'm currently studying in a foreign country, although I'm in my home country now, I can't really take the test because i'm coming back for college soon. So here is the question... I was diagnosed with herpes few days ago and I'm really scared that it was the type 2...and I asked my boyfriend who gave the virus to me, and he said he got it from his parents which means that his is the type 1 (he got cold sores when he was a teenager). But I have my first outbreak on my genital (swollen labia minora, red rashes, and it was painful), and he never went down on me... So I'm very confused whether my herpes is the type 1 or 2...does anyone have any idea about this?

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It could be Type 1, Type 2, or neither. You need to get it properly diagnosed. How do you know that it is a herpes outbreak? Did you self-diagnose or did you see a doctor? If it's the latter, did (s)he diagnose visually or was a culture taken?

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I visited a hospital and the doctor diagnosed me visually. She didn't take any culture, and told me to visit for control again today. I would like to get tested but I can't possibly send the result to my home in case I have the type 2...

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Visual diagnosis is least reliable, so your options are still Type 1, Type 2, or neither.

Type 1 could be possible if your boyfriend had gone down on you sometime before - you may have been infected then but only showed symptoms now.

It's also possible that your boyfriend has both Type 1 and Type 2 but just doesn't know it.

Finally, as there are many conditions that look similar to herpes, you may have neither Type 1 or Type 2 but something else entirely. Without a culture, you will need to wait for a few months (2-4) before you can get a more definitive answer from an IgG HSV type-specific blood test.

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