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Type 1 & 2 Ghsv differences?

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helied2me

I've read a lot here and over and over again I get the impression that ghsv 1 generally presents itself differently from ghsv 2.

Am I wrong to assume that type 1 usually shows up as blisters and type 2 generally presents itself as cuts, lesions and swelling?

I'm just trying to make an educated guess as to which type I have since my blood test came back negative for type 2 at 7 weeks from exposure. The number was 0.08<.90, is that to say that 0.08 will increase several weeks from now and not assume it's just background noise, so to speak?

Since this has been one constant outbreak I can't afford to keep wasting money on cultures and have them keep coming back negative!

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Caliope

I can only tell you about ghsv2.

I had my first classic ob this year. Three tiny blisters. It was accompanied by horrendous yeast infection type symptoms and intense pain. Truly a horrific experience.

But. . . suspect I've had this for 10 or more years. No ob's for the first 8 only itching and sensitivity during menstruation. In 2005 one small painful sore that looked like a lesion. Also had one occassion of the papercut thing a month or so ago. Nothing in the same spot twice except itchy-tingling sensation which comes and goes.

I think that we each have very individual experiences regardless of the strand of virus. Must also take into consideration that over centuries viruses can mutate and even though it is the same virus we each may contract varying strains and they behave differently. If your immune system is strong or compromised will influence your experience.

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helied2me

Thanks Calipoe, I guess where this virus is concerned there are no typical symptoms per strain.

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Caliope

I'm sorry you are having a hard time getting a reliable diagnosis.

I was diagnosed by going in the day I had blisters show up. I had other cultures that were negative like for the lesion and the itching and none of the dr's I've seen recommend the blood testing.

So if in the future you actually get blisters etc. go in and get a swab if you can. It shouldn't require cutting or opening them at least it didn't for me.

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Anon

I never had a blister and I have hsv1. I think if your symptoms aren't that bad, then maybe it is hsv1. Also, if your symptoms are higher up- where someone's tongue would be- then it might be hsv1. If your symptoms are around the vagina, where a penis would be, maybe you have hsv2.

Why don't you just get a blood test? It can tell you very quickly is you were ever exposed to either virus. If type 2 doesnt show up then you know you have type 1.

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