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Jul-09-09, 04:32 PM (CST)
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"HSV 1 or 2??"
I have been living with genital herpes for about 3 years. Since I am currently having an outbreak, I was thinking back on all the confusion that went on when I first got diagnosed. I was seen by a careless nurse practitioner who at first diagnosed me with shingles, because she ONLY did a blood test, which came back negative. (Which having a new infection, of course it would, because as I later learned, it takes up to 3 months to have a conclusive blood test). So three months after the initial outbreak, I got another one. Of course this one was SWABBED and I was diagnosed positive for HSV...They told me it was Type 1. Is that accurate? Should I demand a new blood test to see which type I actually have? (If so, what is the name of the test?)
I am starting to doubt the accuracy of being diagnosed with Type 1, since recurrent outbreaks of Type 1 genitally are extremely rare. I have done much research. In the first year of being infected, I was getting OBs every few months. I went on the daily Valtrex for about a year, and when I got off it, I tried different natural treatments. Now I get them about 3-4 times a year, and it usually shows up as just one bump, or a small cluster.
What should I do? or is this normal with Type 1, and it doesn't really matter????

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Jul-11-09, 03:35 PM (CST)
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1. "If you had a type-specific culture.."
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and it was positive for type 1 in that location, it's probably not necessary to have a blood test. While I agree that for a lot of folks genital type 1 produces few recurrent OBs, everyone is different and a few folks do have them more often. If you're still curious, by all means get the blood test.

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