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Is there a way to tell when i was infected with genital herpes. i received positive test results today from a herpes swab culture. i had a blood test back in june that came back negative. i have been with the same sexual partner since november of 2009. on

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Herpes : Herpes is caused by a virus that can lie dormant in the body for years. Because of this, you can catch it from someone who has never even had any symptoms. Since you had a negative test in june and a positive test now, it's safe to say you probably contracted herpes sometime between then and now, but when and from who cannot be determined. Either partner could have transmitted it to you and your outbreak would not have necessarily coincided with when you contracted it. I attached a center for disease control website with information about herpes below.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Recent infection: With a negative blood test in June, probably you were infected since then. If multiple sores, inflamed lymph nodes, and/or fever, it's probably within 1-2 weeks. Make sure your pos test is typed; need ot know HSV1 vs HSV2. You also need repeat HSV blood test, and your current or recent sex partner(s) need blood tests as well. Blood tests often miss HSV1.

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