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If I obtain a blood test now, would it even be accurate? Since we’ve only been having sex for about 5 weeks? Even trickier since I only started having any symptoms of anything about a week ago (4 weeks post initial interaction).
It all seems so strange to me that herpes isn’t routinely tested for, it seems like everyone is just going around having sex and probably not knowing their status… I even have a friend of mine who slept with this same guy i did in the past couple months and she’s completely fine and definitely moved on with new partners. I don’t wanna day why me but it feels a little like that. (Even though I may not have hsv2 at all). If he did have ghsv2, I just feel like he would’ve given it to someone else by now and that I probably would’ve heard about it, as we work together and the area we live isn’t all that big. Just all strange to me.
Also just to clarify, if a person were to contract ghsv2 years after already having established ghsv1, would they still experience a “true primary outbreak” of ghsv2?
My primary outbreak of ghsv1 was very typical (full raised ulcers, weeping sores, then scans). And the symptoms I had this week were not typical at all, or at least nothing similar to my personal initial outbreak. Can someone’s herpes symptoms change appearance each time or are they generally the same?
I’m going to try to find somewhere to have the bloodwork done tomorrow, but I’m in Canada and the type-specific blood test is quite expensive. Do you think I should do a western blot? How do I go about this?
Finally, how common is genital hsv2 in the 20-35 age group?Anonymous7777_Spectator
skin, right below my vagina opening. I treated myself with oral canestan two days ago and the itching is gone today, but the irritated skin is still there. It’s not weeping, or ulcers, just dry and red. I went to a sexual health clinic today and she swabbed the scab to the right of my clitoris, but didn’t swab the skin below the opening. She said it was likely due to yeast infection on the skin, if I did have one. She swabbed my cervix for yeast, chlamydia, etc. She told me nothing looked anything like herpes to her but did it for my peace of mind. She also advised against testing for hsv in a blood test.
SO, I’m just wondering if you think any of these symptoms could possibly be a recurrence of my GHSV-1? I’ve never knowingly had a recurrence in 3 years, so I thought maybe I’d never have one.
Which makes me worried now that I have these symptoms, that this could possibly be a new primary outbreak of ghsv-2 from my new partner? If you contract ghsv2, after already having ghsv-1, can the outbreaks go unnoticed?
I’m worried that the swab will be inaccurate as there was no fluid to swab, and I’m really freaking myself out and feeling very alone in all of this.
Also, like I mentioned, we haven’t had sex since June 20th, is this outside of the incubation period for symptoms to show up?
I’m very at peace with my ghsv-1 cause of my understanding of how incredibly common it already is and the unlikelihood to transmit it. but absolutely terrified of ghsv-2, as I feel that’s an entirely different diagnosis with mandatory disclosure.