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How do you know who passed herpes to each other . Who had the virus first?
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Dr. PAUL EUN
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Difficult to know
This is a difficult question especially when both partners have had additional partners.
There is a blood test that shows antibody status for hsv which may help determine whether you have been exposed to the virus previously. However, this doesn't help when both partners are infected.

In brief: Difficult to know
This is a difficult question especially when both partners have had additional partners.
There is a blood test that shows antibody status for hsv which may help determine whether you have been exposed to the virus previously. However, this doesn't help when both partners are infected.
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Dr. Martin Raff
In addition, because of cross reactions, it is difficult if not impossible to tell whether you have Herpes simplex type 1 or type 2 reliably.
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