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Outbreak way worse than normal?

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Alex123

I was diagnosed in Jan this year. I had read online that most people usually only had a few painful bumps or lesions. I however, had what started out as a few bumps that spread to large rough patches of 20+ bumps, w open sores also. It was everywhere in that area, upwards of 40+ bumps, clusters and 7 or so open sores. Is that a normal outbreak? From what ive read it seems strange since most people say they had maybe 1 or 2 bumps. I went to the urgent care they did a swab, and when he gave me the diagnosis he didn't seem too sure in his answer, it was a bit confusing..could it be something else? Thanks

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WilsoInAus

What you describe does sound like a primary infection meaning you didn’t have have any form of HSV 1/2 previously. A lot of people in this position can experience really bad outbreaks upon infection.

What testing was undertaken? What was your sexual exposure in the week leading into the sores?

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Alex123

Because I had physical symtpoms he swabbed the sores and sent to a lab. Leading up to that I slept with an ex bf unprotected, about 2 days later got symtpoms..doctor said though that its possible he didn't give it to me but isn't it very likely since the symtpoms were a few days after sex?

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WilsoInAus

Yes if this is herpes it is almost certainly from this partner.

If the swab comes back positive inquire as to whether it has been typed properly.

If there was oral sex involved then it’s a 50/50 call as to whether this is type 1 or type 2.

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