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How do you know you are having an outbreak?  I am confused as to whether I have this or not and my doctor is not really helping me figure it out.  She got mad at me for asking her to swab some red pimple looking things and she told me that it was not herpes and did not perform the swab.  I was thinking it was itchy vagina and red pimples in my hair.  She said it was folliculitis.  I was visually diagnosed with a blister around 6 years ago but the swab was negative.  So since I don't get blisters she can't swab anything and I am too scared to do the blood test because that doesn't tell you where it is.  I just don't know if I have it or not and don't know how you all figured it out. 


Thank you!

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Prettyone:  Did you do the blood test?  Do you know how long it takes to get the results?  I don't plan on being sexually active until I find out.  I just don't think my nerves can take the bad news right now.  Maybe in a few months if I can get my head wrapped around this.  My current doctor is against the blood test so I would have to go elsewhere to get it done and I already know I have cold sores so it wouldn't prove that I have it in my vagina or not.  I am just uneasy thinking I have this on one visual exam.  Idk maybe I am wrong and should just accept it.

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Hi Lonelygal42,

I got a swab culture test and a blood test done. The swab test was positive but did not differentiate so I don't know if it's HSV1 or HSV2. The last guy I was with tested positive for HSV1 so I'm thinking that is it. The blood test was negative for both but that's probably because it was a new infection. I will be going to get a blood test done in February to see for sure which one it is. I understand if you want to wait because you can't handle the news. It's a very hard pill to swallow. Good luck on everything!

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