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Initial HSV-1 and HSV-2 Diagnoses

  • I was diagnosed with HSV-1 (genital) not too long ago and I was concerned if I should get a blood test again just so see I have antibodies to HSV-1, since that's what I was initially diagnosed with, and also for HSV-2? I had an outbreak a few days after having unprotected sex and the doctor said that I was newly diagnosed seeing as to how quickly I had an outbreak and the fact that no antibodies were present in the blood test. I've scheduled an appointment with the doctor to do another blood test to ensure that I have HSV-1. I have been reading that sometimes HSV-2 antibodies don't show up until months or years later. I just told someone that I was interested in becoming intimate with, about my diagnosis and he was understanding and reasonable, but wants to get to know me more before deciding whether or not he wants to have a relationship because the diagnosis made him re-evaluatle the situation and not want to just jump into something so quickly. I just want to ensure that what I told him was accurate and that I don't also have HSV-2 and didn't know. I'm just wondering what is the certainty that when I was diagnosed with HSV-1 (genital) that means I definitely don't have HSV-2?

    Asked by Anonymous in HIV Apr 01, 2014
  • Posted on Apr 03, 2014

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    If you actually tested positive for HSV-1 in the past then you carry the virus regardless of what future test results say. The blood test just detecte... For detail, click here

  • Posted on Apr 03, 2014

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    Have a blood test for HSV-2 one month after you've had sex with and it will be accurate

  • Posted on Apr 01, 2014


    Sorry, I was sure that I clicked Herpes so I'm unsure how this ended up in the HIV section.

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