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Hi guys:) pretty new here. I signed up on November 2, just browsing the site and looking at posts. The reason why I signed up was because I was suspicious of certain symptoms. I've had an STD test done, only to find out that HSV testing is not included. I find that pretty stupid. Isn't HSV an STD? The fact that std panels don't include this is what baffles me. Anyhoo, I've been in a relationship with my current boyfriend since the end of August  of this year. We had been talking since December of last year. Before this, in October of 2015, I had been seeing an old high school friend. We went on a few dates, hung out a few times and ended up having sex (protected) one time thing. Not the type to usually do this stuff, so I cut off all ties with him shortly afterwards even though he was still interested in me and continued to text me. Prior to this, I had just gotten out of a 4 year relationship. So, I was just trying to fill the void. Not proud of it, but that's in the past and I can't do anything about it now. In my 4 year relationship, I had vaginal issues from the get-go. So many doctor appointments I've lost count lol and every time I went, I would test negative to the things they tested me for! UTI, yeast infections, BV... one doctor even tested me for chlymidia and I thought she was crazy. I always thought I had UTI's because the symptoms felt just like that. But antibiotics never helped! So I would always be in pain. Sex triggered it. I could never figure out what was happening. And this would happen usually happen after sex, but sometimes I didn't even have to have sex for these symptoms to pop up. My doctor prescribed me amitriptyline for nerve issues, and it helped. So, fast forward to a few weeks ago. I had some itching, tingly, burning sensation with back pain and discharge (tmi) lol but i don't think it was a yeast infection. It went away over night, and everything felt fine down there. I examined my lower area and it was red, but nothing hurt to touch. So after that subsided, I developed a few bumps. They looked like ingrown hairs? But wasn't too sure. I've never had them the way they were this time down there. They were hard, red, and raised. A bit tender. Anyways, couple weeks after that my lymph nodes in my groin started to get swollen? They were SO tender to touch, it was the most uncomfortable feeling I've ever felt lol I couldn't really close my legs because they hurt so bad ! Started on the right side, and then when the swelling went down on that side it moved to the left side. I felt super sick during that time period also. It subsided, and now when I check in a mirror when I examine myself, I notice the same hard-like bumps down there, a bit tender to touch. If I don't check, then I would never know. I'm just not sure what to do, and if I should talk to my boyfriend about this? I'm afraid to bring it up. Btw, I do have HPV (low risk) and I Just found out this year after me and my boyfriwns atarted dating. Surely i told him, and he was very understanding and supportive. He still sees me as the sweet, loving, caring person that I am. Life is rough lol. Should I bring up what I've been going through? I feel like I should... it's bugging me on the inside. I just don't know where to start. 

Wow sorry for the essay guys haha bare with me!:) 

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HSV tests are generally not recommended unless symptoms are present. Perhaps get a second opinion from another doctor. I'd let your doctor make the call whether to test for hsv or not, to be honest. 

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If you really want to find out which of hope you would tell your doctor you want an IGG herpes type specific test. If they say there is no way to test call then on their BS they say this because the medical community sees herpes as more of a physiological emotional issue more then an actual heath issue or risk. If you still have these bumps you can get them swabed ask for a PCR (polymer chain reaction test) this test is the most accurate. But yes they can test by blood to detect antibodies and if your doctor won't an STD clinic will maybe a planned parenthood. 

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