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I developed one sore on my vulva about a week ago and at first I put it down to chafing and friction. I went away camping over the weekend and one day it was itchy so i scratched and got other little red spots around the same area. I wasn't concerned at all cause I just thought it was chafing.

But I went to the doctor anyway and had her look at it and she has now freaked me out cause she didn't outright say this looks like herpes, she said in a unsure voice "its possible it could be coldsores.." and took a swab just to be careful. Which I'm grateful for because I'd rather know.

But I've also read online that the swab needs to be taken within a couple days of the sore first appearing...

I haven't been diagnosed, but I got tested on Thursday and I'm now waiting for the results. How long does it usually take for a swab test to have results? 

Pretty much I'm just freaking out cause I don't know how or who I could have gotten this from if it does come back positive cause I've only had the one sexual partner this year. Unless I slept with someone last year that had it and didn't know/show symptoms. 



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Hey @Lauren125638 and welcome to the website.

I'd suggest your doctor is being cautious and thorough, as you say a good thing.

In terms of a swab, most take only 2 days for it to become obvious that HSV has cultured. However they leave it about a week to conclude negative.

I would consider a blood test to help with the diagnosis here.

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Thank you so much for your reply @WilsoInAus!

Yeah I'd say that my doctor is being cautious which is never a bad thing in my opinion. 

Is it usually a 5 day week or the full 7 day week? Sorry I always like to clarify when people say a week.

Do you mind if I ask you some questions? Cause I am kind of confused and get a lot of mixed responses on some things on the internet

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    • EssenceL25
      I’m going to force him to get tested ! Thanks for your help ! 
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 there really isn't a question mark around the source, it's your latest partner. The median time from infection to an outbreak of lesions upon initial infection is 4 days.  The only thing that isn't certain is the type I suggest.
    • EssenceL25
      I asked if it was hsv 1 or 2 and the doctor said it was Hsv2. I’m not sure i just asked him when he was tested last he said this year I said I think we should go test together and he agreed . I’m going to bring it up again cause I really need to know if he gave this to me I wasn’t sure since it was so close to my previous relationship.
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 then it is all beyond reasonable doubt that the current partner is the source. A 'perfect' fit in terms of timing, symptoms and swab. It may be though that the type is not technically known. Culture swabs are very often not typed and just assumed to be HSV-2 if taken from a genital location. If you received oral sex in the days leading into 7 March then it is 50/50 as to whether this is HSV-1 or HSV-2. You could contact your doctor and confirm if the swab was actually typed (which is a second test where fluorescent antibodies for HSV-1 and HSV-2 are added and see which one 'glows').  If that test wasn't done then you do not know type. If you have oral HSV-1 yourself (cold sores) then this will be HSV-2. Does your partner have oral HSV-1? It is somewhat strange for him not to rush and test - many people have a 'reaction' if they truly do not know their status and have concerns that you infected them etc. (not initially rational of course). This indicates he may know his status - or maybe he just isn't simply the sharpest tool in the shed!?
    • EssenceL25
      I had flu like symptoms and ulcers on my vagina . They did a culture and I tested positive for hsv2. I asked my partner to get tested he agreed but I’m not sure if he will cause he hasn’t said anything else about it. 
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