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So I was visually diagnosed with herpes and the guy I slept with had hsv 1 but I just wanted to get opinions on what else it could just to give me some slight home, I had every symptom of flu like stuff when I first saw this outbreak but with the healing process it stung the the ulcers never crusted and left me scarring and I’ve read that herpes usually doesn’t leave a scar, it took 5 days for it to turn into scars 



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Hey @Davidalexander note that it is only possible to diagnose a recent herpes infection with a swab. Was a swab taken?

Also, visual diagnoses are poor, probably about 50% accurate for the anal area. Most doctors wouldn’t make such a diagnosis visually but rely on testing.

Couple of questions:

- have you had oral cold sores before, such as in childhood?

- did you receive analingus?

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