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I was told by a urologist in 1992 that it was suspected that I had contracted Genital Herpes;I was devastated.I was told that swabs had to be taken first before an official diagnosis was made.I was given a five day treatment of Aciclovir.Weeks past and I called to get the results of my test but that particular urologist had left also there was no record of any swabs having been taken.I was paranoid and everytime I felt slightly uncomfortable in the genital area I would take myself off to the urologist. Again swabs would be taken and everytime they would come back negative.I'm not even sure if blood analysis was available at that time but I wasn't given the option.The urologist told me that it must have been a mistake and that I don't have Genital Herpes.Since 1992 I have had three serious relationships one of which I married & soon to be divorced. I never meantioned to any of my partners what the original urologist had told me as I thought it wasn't an issue.After my separation I hit an all time low and became quite unwell so I took myself off to the Doctors for a complete blood check up.I asked my Doctor to check for everything...and she did..all was well except that I had the Genital Herpes virus!!!! I couldn't believe it.I have had this thing for 15 years???I have never used protection with my husband or my two relationships before that .I have not had an attack in all that time.Is this possible?? I feel terrified and extemely guilty that I could have passed on this virus to my unsuspecting partners and very angry that I was not diagnosed proparly in the beginning.

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The good news here is you likely have a very strong immune system. It is possible for you to have had the virus this entire time with no visible outbreaks because it simply laid dormant. Which would give you reason to think you didn't have it, especially after recieving negative swab tests.

The bad news, obviously, is that the virus could have been passed to any or all of your past partners. There is a problem with swab testing being unreliable in many cases because a swab test must be done while the virus is present in the area tested.

There is a possibility since you don't experience outbreaks that maybe, just maybe, it wasn't passed on. It's going to be difficult for you to decide how to handle this news. It's really a shame that your original testing didn't give you an accurate result.

You are lucky that your body deals so well with the virus.

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