Yes, I had the lesions swabbed and tested positive for HSV-1.
This leads me to another question: In an article published a while back, “HSV-1 DNA in Tears and Saliva of Normal Adults” (H.E. Kaufman et. al.), it was found that 98% of the subjects with oral herpes shed HSV-1 DNA at least once over the course of the 30-day study. The study was conducted by instructing the subjects to swab their mouths twice a day–Once upon rising, and again in the evening.
In order to better understand the likelihood of an infection in my oral cavity (I am aware that this won’t provide definitive proof), I plan to mimic the procedures undergone by the subjects of the study and request 60 swabs from my doctor.
Do you think this is worth doing? Also, if I am unable to arrange this with my doctor, is this a procedure you would be willing to offer at your clinic?