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First off, I have atypical symptoms that are difficult to swab because there's no convenient blister to pop. I've had more than a dozen swab tests done, all negative. I've read numerous reports of swab tests being incredibly inaccurate, and I'd have to say that they appear to be nearly worthless at least for my situation. I'd like to know whether I'm dealing with HSV1 or 2.

That being said, I have had a really hard time finding a clinic or lab that offers PCR testing. I have even been told that the FDA, in keeping with their typical commitment to being worse than useless, hasn't approved a PCR test for men. In fact I was told that only vaginal PCR tests are available from one lab. Is that true? If not, how can I find a PCR test? Naturally, most doctors and nurses seem to consider a request for a test that might actually have some accuracy to be outrageous and exotic.

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WilsoInAus

I doubt you need further swab testing.

Youd be far better off investing in a Westernblot test and take the result as definitive. 

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I had a PCR done that came back positive for hsv2. I took some antivirals didn't really notice much of a difference. A year later my blood work still says negative, my ex's came back positive on blood a month after I got tested originally for hsv. I've never had any other OB or symptoms since the first one. Not sure how reliable this PCR is now seeing as blood is still negative. Not sure where to get a western blot test but I'll be looking it up. I'm confident that I have it seeing as my ex was positive and we didn't use condoms for the year we were together. 

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