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  1. So about 2 weeks ago, just a day or 2 after having sex (with a condom) I started having irritation downstairs. It had the symptoms of a yeast infection so I took over the counter meds, but that didn’t make it entirely go away. I went into the gyno and she told me it looked like yeast and gave me antifungal pills— still didn’t go away. A week later (about 3 days ago) I went back as things were getting worse not better. As soon as she looked she got a look on her face and told me it looked like herpes. Of course, I went into full breakdown. She took a swab for a viral culture and gave me all the info packets and some valtrex and I left. The next day, she calls and tells me the viral culture came back negative, but she wants me to come in for a blood test. Went in for the blood test right away. At this point, it has been 2 days since the blood test and I still haven’t heard back. The valtrex hasn’t been helping at all and I am still in an incredible amount of pain. On top of that, I’ve been having other, new symptoms — diarrhea with mucus and blood in it, sore throat, upset stomach, etc. The anxiety is killing me... does anyone have any insight on the odds of a false negative on the viral culture ... the other symptoms, the negative result and the valtrex not doing anything all make me want to believe I have something else. Even so, the sores really do look like herpes . Please help, not knowing is killing me!
  2. Hi all! So happy to have found this forum. I am very confused right now. About nine years ago I came down with a UTI that turned into a bladder and kidney infection. I was so sick for about three weeks and during that time I also developed a sore on my inner labia. When I went to my gynecologist she Did a swab test on it. A couple of days later she called me and said that I tested positive for herpes. She didn’t say if it was one or two and at the time I didn’t think to ask. I did a couple of courses of Valtrex back then but that was it. I take about 1000 mg of L-Lysine a day and just try to stay healthy. Once in a while I will get a bump Down there that generally disappears in a day or two with the lysine and some Teatree oil. I’ve lived my life for 9 years believing that I had herpes. This week I went to a new primary care doctor and I asked her to include in my blood pan a test for herpes - both HSV one and two. I just got my results back and they are negative. I am beyond confused. I have read about people getting negative blood test back but that is usually when they have just experienced an outbreak and the antibodies have not had time to build up in their bodies. Can anyone let me know if they had this experience or have heard of this? It’s really thrown me for a loop and I’d love some clarity. Thank you so much!!
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