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Positive Test Results

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I started feeling tingling and discomfort. I googled like crazy and then sure enough, the next day I woke up to a small sore. 

I went to the doctor as soon as I could get an appointment which was two days later. She checked the spot I had a sore and said it looked more like I cut myself shaving and I was experiencing discomfort because I have an infection probably from the razor. 

She took a culture and then drew blood. Three days later, my blood work came back negative for being ever exposed to herpes or signs of having a current outbreak. I thought thank god. 

Then, my culture came back and it was positive for HSV2. 

My doctor didn’t really explain in terms I can explain why my bloodwork came back negative but I do in fact have herpes. 


Can an someone please explain? Thank you in advance. 

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I read somewhere on this site that it does take a few weeks for it to show up in blood , thats why its not the best type of test to get for H . The swabs are def more accurate for sho. Hopefully someone that doesnt have the mental capacity of a brillo pad can give you a more knowledgeable answer 

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My bloodwork was also negative but swab was positive. It means it was likely a recent infection. If you re test a couple weeks later, the blood will show positive. 


It is extremely rare that a positive swab test is wrong. I had a hard time accepting it because the blood was negative and I researched and asked a couple different doctors hoping for a different answer. 


My boyfriend is asymptamatic and didn’t know he had herpes until he gave it to me. He was tested and blood test confirmed he is positive. 

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