Procrastinator Extraordinaire (nightmer) wrote in vaginapagina,
Procrastinator Extraordinaire

More Confused Than Before

It's me, the girl with the possible herpes again . . . went to my doctor and she agreed it looked like herpes, though the sore was too old to be tested.  She thought it was more likely I picked up HSV-2 in addition to cold sores, so sent me off to be blood tested, assuming I'd either find one virus or both.

I'm negative for HSV-1 and HSV-2.  So I had a spot on my labia that looked like classic herpes, and I've had spots on my lip since I was a little kid that tingle and look like cold sores but aren't.  Obviously I've never bothered to be tested for HSV-1, but I've had people with cold sores and doctors tell they looked like them.  And they predated my acne, so while now they could be weird pimples, I don't think they always were.

Are there any other types of skin conditions that act like this?  Should I be suspicious of my blood test for either virus?  If I had cold sores as a kid but haven't in a decade or so, could my antibodies be low enough to not trigger a positive?
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