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    helpray3 posted:
    hi, i am a 23 year old female, and have been sexually active for four years now. i have just been diagnosed with herpes and one of my questions is about std testing. i have been to my gynecologist two months ago and had two different panels of tests done just to check. nothing came up then. is herpes not included in a routine test? and could my boyfriend have infected me between then and now? i know it could have been from before we were together but if i did get it from him wouldn't it have shown up before now?we have been together for a year now. what are the chances that he is infected or that i have already infected him? i don't want to but i want to continue being intimate with him. help!
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    georgiagail responded:
    HSV is often not part of routine STD testing. Generally bacterial based STD's such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are what are tested.

    Why?


    Because viral testing involves a certain time period between exposure and testing. Testing for bacterial based STD's involves looking for the actual agent while testing for viral based STD's (in the absence of an outbreak) involves checking for specific antibodies the immune system begins to develop after transmission has taken place. This involves waiting up to 3 months after a potential exposure.


    If you are concerned the boyfriend is also infected, he needs to get tested also.


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    abe648 responded:
    Either of you could have had this and have no idea that you have it. People can have this and have no symptoms or think the symptoms are from something else. How were you diagnosed as having HSV? Do you know if it is HSV 1 or HSV 2? Have you or your partner ever had oral herpes?

    Your partner may want to get a test to see what his status is? He needs a type specific IgG blood test for HSV 1 & HSv 2. Get him to ask for a copy of his test results and post them on here so someone can confirm his status. All that is needed is the numerical values for HSV 1 & 2.
    Abe ...I am not a medical professional. Read the Herpes Handbook, Watch the Video and Terri Warren's book is availible umder the Heading Herpes at http://www.westoverheights.com/
     
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    helpray3 replied to abe648's response:
    abe

    went in for burning bumps and the nurse took a swab of it and a pee test. a few days later she called me and said it was herpes. she didnt say what type it was. neither of us has ever had cold sores as far as i know. will try to see if he will go in for a blood test... thanks gail


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