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I just had an outbreak, this is my first and I am undiagnosed but being a medical student I am pretty sure it is HSV. How important is it that I go get tested to determine the type?

  • My mother has HSV and she gave me the anti-virals. I know the lifestyle change that is coming my way. I guess I am just curious about how important it is that I go get diagnosed myself right away?

    Asked by Anonymous in Herpes Nov 29, 2015
  • Posted on Dec 03, 2015


    STDcounselor

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  • Posted on Dec 01, 2015


    mew****

    If you want to get tested, its easiest to do it during an outbreak, because a blood test wont show up positive until it's been about 4 months since exposure.

    The advantage of knowing type is mostly for predicting outbreak frequency and shedding rates, which is helpful information to give sex partners. It's also helpful to know incase someone has a certain type of hsv, which might not be the type you have, and you can then make a decision if you want to expose yourself to the other type (I think getting two kinds is kind of rare, but definitely happens).

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