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RJinAsia

Hi all, 

My partner and I both have ghsv1. We are in the process of applying for student and working visas to Malaysia. While we haven't had problems in other countries and it is quite clearly published that a positive status doesn't affect the Visa application for Aus, UK, US or Canada. It is harder to find information about it for Asia. 

The form requires a test for an sti, and both the doctor and agent say a positive status will result in a rejected application. However, both these men seem to have that whole stigma mindset, rather than it being what actually happens in immigration. Since so many countires in the world don't have a problem with it, it seems strange that Malaysia would, but it is so hard to find good information. 

Does any one have any experience or knowledge to share? 

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WilsoInAus

I don’t have any specific knowledge but there is no country that tested for HSV-1 for discrimination purposes. The prevalence is just too great.

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RJinAsia

Right! It seems rediculous to me. But then there is that whole dilemma... If they are not going to test for it, should you disclose on the form where is asks about sti's... hard to know which way to go. For a country like Aus, no doubt- disclose and move on knowing it's not a big deal. But for Asia with such a closed and negative mindset what approach is best? 

I really hope someone in the community has been through it. First hand when it comes to ignorant and corrupt immigration officers is always better. 

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WilsoInAus

No, HSV-1 is not an STD. You do not have to include it if there’s a question on any form.

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RJinAsia

Really?! That's a pretty bold thought.

I get ulsers and blisters on my genitalia because I have hsv1. While I would love to pretend I don't have a sexually transmitted disease, seems misleading to say when considering what an OB for me looks like. 

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WilsoInAus
6 minutes ago, RJinAsia said:

Really?! That's a pretty bold thought.

I get ulsers and blisters on my genitalia because I have hsv1. While I would love to pretend I don't have a sexually transmitted disease, seems misleading to say when considering what an OB for me looks like. 

That’s not what STD means. Every known bacteria and virus can transmit during sex!

It means that the predominant means of transmission is sexual. That is not the case for HSV-1.

I have not seen a jurisdiction that defines HSV-1 as an STD. 

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RJinAsia

Interesting. Something for me to think about anyway. 

Hopefully someone here has the Visa experience though. It is frustrating and confusing with how limited the information for Asia is. 

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viralfrog

Firstly HSV-1 is not an STI as mentioned, and even HSV-2 it's rarely tested in a standard STI check. It's mainly HIV and Syphillies they're worried about in Asia. Don't worry about it. 

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fitzjust1

@RJinAsia Ive lived in Malaysia for 20 years, they will not test for HSV, no need to disclose it anywhere. No country to my knowledge will test for HSV. If you come to Malaysia buzz me, we have a support group. 

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