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My long story March 27 had sex with a new partner for a very long time condom broke 2 days later outside vagina was itchy felt like pins and needles and was redo also had a few pimple like thingd on my buttocks.... where i had shaved got cream for focullitis within hours pimples were gone and no itch. Few days later itchy vagina and it was swollen and red had mild yeast infection took medication noticed it was itchy at night. Middle of April started to get buttocks pain right underneath tailbone it went out to the side of my bum and disappeared by this time i had cleared the yeast and had a watery grey discharge doctor gave me medication for bv this didn't help so during these few weeks i have been to 6 doctors and went to the std clinic nothing there to see. Couple days later got my period April 27 and my bum was killing me it radiated to my thighs both side and my skin was sensitive almost felt like it was burnt. After my period nerve pain went away and had wierd crawling sensations in skin down legs and numbness in ankle during then my labia minora started to burn it and looks very irritated still very red everywhere burning on the minora labia  will not go away its been 14 days and still there. I recentlt seen my gyno she said wveything looked fine but dhe said she thinks it viral either genital herpes or hpv and wanted me to take valtrex I haven't though. The burning is there all the time and today  my butt cheeks have started to ache again and i have a wierd quarter sized rash on butt cheek doesnt hurt or itch. Also i tried to get an igg test done but canada they don't do that and only igm which came back positive i do get cold sore and have since I was a kid it was also positive 2 years ago and said past exposure. Not sure if i should order a test online or take the meds and see if they work any thoughts? 

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Based on what you describe in terms of symptoms, herpes is pretty low down the list of possibilities. You do not describe a typical herpes lesion for example.

If you have concerns about your status, then it does seem as though you will need to seek type specific IgG HSV testing from a private clinic/doctor or online isn't too bad either. Do wait until 16 weeks after the 27 March episode.

I don't see the point of taking antivirals as it is far from clear what the issue is let alone herpes, nor do I think they'll do you much harm in terms of a single course.

As you said, a non type specific IgM test is as good as useless for an adult, especially one with an oral HSV-1 infection which is most of the population!

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Thanks for your reply, i have had so bad anxiety lately. Whats a good at home test to take? 

Can i take the test earlier with good results or shpuld just wait?

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Im not from that neck of the world so cant help with a reputable online test.

Best to wait until 16 weeks, its highly likely that you’re negative and its costly. Any sooner and I feel sure questions in your mind will surface.

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If you are from the USA, stdcheck.com is a good online private testing service. A Full 10 panel STD check is $189 which will test for the 8 most common STDs + HSV1 and 2.

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No i live in Canada they do igm and swabs only but i just had a mystery bump arrive had it swabbed having alot of aches in my legs and bum. Hopefully will get the test back shortly. 

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