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lilangel84

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lilangel84

Hi there everyone. I am me. :) I am a 23 year old gay male who can say that April , 2008 will be a day that goes down in my personal history books.

I got a general checkup with a STD panel and a lab for celiacs. I was called and told that other than having high cholestoral that I was healthy and squeeky cleen. So... I go into my doctors office, sit down, and get handed a paper while the doctor is saying "this is for HSV2". Needless to say, my jaw hit the ground and I had to ask if he was speaking to the correct patient since my results had come back negative on my STD panel. Apparently, part of my labs hadn't come in until the day prior so the nurse had no idea since they were sent out to another lab. So, needless to say I am here... I am living life... and I have some stingy little virus that like to inhabit a little portion at the base of my spine and come out and play every once in a while.

So that is my story... It was a shock yes, but life will never throw me something I can't handle. I hope everyone is having an amazing week!

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OhmyGosh

Well i'm glad your taking it so well!!! because your right it's not that big of a deal. you just need to tell all your partners and use condoms!! Good luck!!;)

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seashell

Hi and welcome! I'm glad you found us. this is a great place for support. :)

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chay5

Lilangel84,

welcome to the forum.

The good news is that herpes is not a deadly disease.

It seems like the positive test result came as a surprise for you- ?

So you never had any symptoms-?

Well, if so, then there could be more good news: you may stay asymptomatic all your life :)

By the way, do you know what kind of test they did: was it a Herpes type specific IgG test or was it another kind of blood test?

I have heard that IgM tests give lots of false positives and false negatives, for some reason (this is one tricky virus!).

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gotitsowhat

Glad you are taking it well...

You seem to have plenty of spirit and the right attitude toward this. I wish I had possessed that much good sense when I was diagnosed. I just quietly went into shock. It took years to come to terms with it.

One thing though...why are doctors so casual and often so insensitive about how they reveal this to patients? I know there is really no "easy" or "good" way to tell someone about this but do they really have to treat it like a diagnosis for athelete's food or a heat rash? You were not prepared for this and they just casually threw it at you. Glad you have more sense than some of the people who are diagnosed--this has even been known to make people feel suicidal.

You are right, it won't mess up your life if you don't let it. A lot depends on your attitude and you obviously have a very good one.

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