There is no perfect answer here; different providers would recommend different things, probably. If we were talking about HSV 2, I would ask you to be certain about your status. If you were my patient, I would likely recommend that you find out if you have HSV 1 or not. It would be good to know what if anything you bring into a sexual relationship. If you are negative then you are vulnerable to new infection.
My answer is that if money is not an object, get the western blot. If it is a problem, it isn’t absolutely essential that you know your HSV 1 status.
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- This reply was modified 9 years ago by Terri Warren.