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Thanks Terri. As an update, I recently went to a Planned Parenthood, and they basically all but refused to test me for herpes (I’ve never had classic symptoms, just nervous about it). The nurse practitioner explained that the herpes test would not distinguish between HSV1 and HSV2, and since most people have HSV1 it wouldn’t really do me any good. However, from what I’ve read on this forum, that doesn’t seem to be true, and the IGG test is able to distinguish HSV1 and HSV2. However, I opted not to do the test there, since maybe there were using a IGM test or something else, and I certainly don’t want test results that won’t distinguish between the two strains.
I guess I will just have to order my own test through Quest or Labcorp, since my regular OB/GYN also will not test in the absence of lesions.
I do have a couple of questions for you though- over the weekend I’ve noticed a tiny rash or redness (about 1 inch long) along my bikini line just on the right side. It lines up pretty close to where my underwear elastic hits. It’s just red, not visible lesions or bumps really, although what looks hair follicles do seem a little red. It’s not itchy, but did burn a little when I put hydrocortisone cream on it. I also think I have made it worse by checking on it a lot.
1)Is it true that herpes can manifest just as a red rash without lesions?
2) Is the bikini line a common place for herpes to occur?
3) Is it strange that this would only happen on one side of the bikini line? The left side is fine. I’ve been super neurotic the past few months, and have noticed a slight irritation on the right side before, but never very bad and never any lesions.
I’m going to go to a dermatologist this week, to address this and other skin issues. I also know I need to get the blood work done so that I stop convincing myself that every small irritation is herpes.