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How do I know if I have herpes type 1 or 2?

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Reading posts I see people talking about having genital herpes as hsv 2 or hsv 1. It occurred to me that although I know I have genital herpes (skin test & blood test and the doctor was pretty confident & said he'd only call me if it was not herpes- never got results on paper, never saw that doctor again but have had various outbreaks since then- 6 years ago). I think I just assume I have hsv 2, but how can I know for sure?

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You have to get the results - there's no way to know without them and you should *insist* in future that you get a copy of ANY labs you have done (not only Herpes/std's) because of just this thing ... when you want to go back and check something out, or if you go to a new Dr, you have something to show them and in many instances, compare to.


You may want to go get a blood test now to see which one you have - you may indeed have both as you could be carrying the HSV1 oral from childhood on your mouth and the HSV2 down below...

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