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Outbreaks that look completely different? Possible?

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I was diagnosed with herpes about a month ago after having an outbreak. I didn't get a swab because the doctor didn't say anything about it and I didn't know at the time that I should get one, so I don't know what strain it is. But it was clear from looking at it and the symptoms that that's what it was.


The thing is, I had an outbreak years ago and never was sure if it was herpes or not, but since it didn't really look like herpes, never came back, and I got a negative test result (realize now this isn't foolproof), I decided to believe it wasn't.


I'm just curious if anyone knows if my first outbreak could have been herpes. I hate to share all the not-so-fun details, but that outbreak was more like red, scabby sores rather than the whitish, pimply sores I got this time that look more like typical herpes. However, they were also itchy and painful and took around the same amount of time to heal. The only other thing I could think of that it could have been was a yeast infection rash, but I didn't have any discharge.


I suppose at the end of the day it doesn't totally matter, but to be honest, logical or not, it would make me feel better to think that I might have already had herpes rather than that I got it from my current partner.


Would be interested if anyone knows anything about this or what else I could have had before.



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I’m currently at the end of my first outbreak, so I can’t say if mine will look different every time, but what I DO know is this current outbreak I’m having looks like I got cuts from a razor around my vulva. My doctor only tested me for herpes because the cuts hurt so bad, but she was sure it wasn’t herpes because I have no sores. What I say is there’s no use dwelling on what it may or may not have been, I think it’s better to focus on what it is now and start your journey to being healthy(:

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