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Old Sep 10th, 2017, 13:23 PM   11
Kiram
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Firstly I think it's good that you asked for a repeat swab, but I might even suggest a second opinion from another doctor altogether. Hopsitals generally take the "better safe than sorry" route whether it's actually necessary or not, so you might not even have it to begin with. I was told I had a UTI that needed antibiotics to be treated, but when I switched to a holistic provider they assured me the specific bacteria detected was so mild that I didn't need any meds, but most doctors usually prescribe it anyway since it's routine...sure enough when they tested me again, there was no bacteria left (and I never took the antibiotics).
If it's noted as "likely" rather than "absolutely", that obviously means errors have happened before. Perhaps the antibodies were misread, or were fighting something else (I don't know how those antibodies work, but a second professional may be able to explain it). And if they think you have herpes, wouldn't they order more testing to confirm it? It almost sounds like: "Your arm hurts? Could be broken, but maybe not. Let's put a cast on it anyway."

But even as Zephram said, there are completely innocent ways to contract herpes even genitally, if that's what it turns out to be. I totally understand the shock, but since it's so contagious neither you nor your husband need to be concerned about infidelity (obviously, you know you've been faithful).
Anyway, I know I may not have been able to give you any herpes facts or counsel to ease your mind, but I send you my best wishes and hope you can find some peace until you get more confirmed results (:



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Old Sep 10th, 2017, 15:36 PM   12
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It's very likely you've never been tested for herpes before unless you've gone in for full STI testing. A cervical smear only tests for pre-cancerous cells, no STIs unless HPV (the virus that causes cervical cancer) is suspected and then sometimes they will swab for that. Blood tests (for STIs) tend to mostly be HIV, syphilis, Hep B & C. Usually the standard vaginal swabs would be for chlamydia or gonorrhea. Herpes, when you are experiencing an actual infection with sores, is incredibly painful, so usually if you get it, you would know and they would swab the sore. In the absence of that, I'm not even sure it's something they would test for just randomly unless there was a reason, especially because the infection itself is so common. I know in the STI panel in pregnancy that's done here, it's not a standard test though most other STIs (except HPV) are. It's also possible that it's a false positive. These things do happen. These tests aren't perfect. I know there was someone on here a while back who had a false positive HIV test in pregnancy (pregnancy can alter the immune response and produce antibodies even without infection, meaning you will get a positive result on an antibody test but not on more sophisticated tests that look for signs of actual viral replication, etc.). So I would try not to panic too much until you know more.



 
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Old Sep 10th, 2017, 16:25 PM   13
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Sorry I think I missed that part reading last night. No it's just random cold sores in my mouth. Nothing anywhere else.

I am sorry your going through this but as other have said you can have it for a very long time without knowing or showing signs. Good luck I hope you get it all figured out.



 
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Old Sep 10th, 2017, 17:53 PM   14
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Thank you very much everyone.
I hear what you're saying about the swabs not necessarily testing for it, which does make sense but it seems strange that they would test for it this time, I wasn't experiencing any pain or any symptoms of herpes when I went in. I will definitely have the repeat swab, and look into maybe having it done somewhere else too. I now feel scared that I am waiting to have an episode of this with sores. I'm scared to have sex for some reason. Even though if one of us has it, we presumably both do by now, but it's just really put me off and I feel like I don't want anything going inside me. I'm still praying somehow that it was a false positive, but I do know that seems very unlikely.
Thank you all for your responses, it's helped a lot to talk it through. I'm trying hard not to let this affect me. I had antenatal depression when I was pregnant with my son, although it started a lot earlier than this and had all but faded by 30 weeks, but I'm afraid and angry at the idea of something so negative thrown up by this pregnancy and diluting my happiness. I will talk to the doctor on Wednesday, even though my appointment is supposed to be unrelated. I'm also very angry about what I think constitutes negligence (not calling me) and was so devastated and blindsided when I got this news that I wasn't able to speak up for myself.



 
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Old Sep 10th, 2017, 21:43 PM   15
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I have type 1 (oral) but I'm a rare case that oral shows up as genital (which sucks lemme tell you lol) but we were so confused because my hubby was tested and it didn't show up for him but he gets the cold sores all the time ...I've only been
With 2 people ever, him and an ex that I was with for 4 years...I didn't have my first outbreak till 4 days after with hubby first time so I KNEW it had to be him but he swore it couldn't be but after testing and knowing for sure I have type 1 like him but mine
Just shows up differently ...so now the mystery is solved...but it is a tricky thing since it can show up
For different people under different circumstances and as seemingly type 2 but really be type 1



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2017, 03:59 AM   16
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Thank you for replying. I guess it is more complex than I realised. I hope I can get some answers soon (although I won't really be able to until my repeat swab in like two months)



 
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