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Hi. Brand new here.  My 1st post... this is all new !  My blood work just came back positive two days ago . Extremely Positive.. WOW!.  I'd been having Genital Outbreaks  2-3 times / yr. for the last....5 years (?) . I always blamed other things for a "skin rash"....sweaty shorts. Urine on my skin.  Friction.  I never even considered Herpes.  Even maybe the laundry soap.... but I never considered Herpes.

So has anyone else gone through this? I don't consider myself stupid, but I sure Did Drop The Ball on this !!! I feel dumb & ashamed of my ignorance.

Thanks for responding !   

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Hey @tomas and welcome to the website.

You are far from alone. Up to 80% of people with genital herpes do not have a formal diagnosis. Many of them are oblivious or just don't align their symptoms with herpes.

What blood test did you have? Do you have IgG results for HSV-1 and HSV-2?

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Hi WilsolnAus...Thanks for your reply and warm welcome.

Is this relevant information/ answer? I see lgG in there 
HSV 1 and 2-Spec Ab, IgG w/Rfx

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8 hours ago, tomas said:

HSV -1 :   28

HSV 2 :     16.9

As I wrote, that seems Extremely Positive !

Yes if >1.1 is positive, you have been carrying both viruses probably for some time. There isn’t really anything as extremely positive, more like healthily positive as your results are.

There are many people just like you who realise their status after a blood test some years after infection.

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16 hours ago, WilsoInAus said:

There are many people just like you who realise their status after a blood test some years after infection.

Thank you. I needed to hear that . My girlfriend called ma a liar and immediately dumped me. She absolutely refused to believe me. 

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