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Hi guys,

I live in NYC and have been struggling with strange genital/lower body symptoms for the past few months. Blood tests show a low positive (1.2ish) for HSV-1 and a negative (<.2) for HSV-2. I have a history of cold sores so the HSV-1 is not surprising. I've had a few small nicks and scratches genitally that I've tried to have tested to see whether what I'm dealing with is HSV-1 orally and genitally (I think it's possible I contracted both simultaneously, or potentially contracted it genitally after having it orally, though I know that is somewhat controversial), but all of the urgent care centers I have gone to only use viral culture which I know is less effective than PCR.

Does anyone live in NYC and know of a place that definitely offers PCR testing from lesions?

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Sorry not in NYC.  

However I agree it would be very low chance you have hsv genitally especially if you know you had it orally.  

While possible it’s very low probability.  

What symptoms do you have genitally that you question?   HSV1 genitally would be less active than orally.  Have you been checked for Bv and yeast?   

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My symptoms are quite varied and definitely cannot be explained by BV/yeast. I've had atypical genital symptoms (small scratches/knicks/"abrasions"/anal fissures) but never any ulcers or remarkable sores, low back pain, pain in the nerves in the legs (primarily the left), tingling in the genitals, buttocks and thighs. I have been around the block with regard to herpes symptoms and testing, so I'm aware there is a broad consensus that these things do not typically present without sores, but I've read enough in forums like this one to know that that is not always the case.

At any rate, I'd like to find out what the best places are to obtain PCR swabs so that when I do get these skin symptoms, I can have them tested in a more productive manner. Perhaps if I'm able to do that a few times, I'd be more able to let go of HSV as a potential cause.

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Have you tried CityMD walk in? They do it from my experience.  

Have you tried CityMD? They should do it. 

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