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1 blood test negative/1 low threshold positive/culture negative...but told hsv causing urethritis? Y, but no/never had outbreaks, diagnosing 6 yrs ago

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Misunderstanding?

Perhaps a misunderstanding w/ your doctor. HSV can cause urethritis, but usually extremely painful.
And herpes outbreaks, urethral or elsewhere, never last more than 2 wks. If you have longstanding urethral symptoms, no other genital herpes outbreaks, and negative blood test for both HSV1 and 2, for sure herpes isn't causing your urethritis or symptoms. Discuss again w/ doc or get 2nd opinion.

In brief: Misunderstanding?

Perhaps a misunderstanding w/ your doctor. HSV can cause urethritis, but usually extremely painful.
And herpes outbreaks, urethral or elsewhere, never last more than 2 wks. If you have longstanding urethral symptoms, no other genital herpes outbreaks, and negative blood test for both HSV1 and 2, for sure herpes isn't causing your urethritis or symptoms. Discuss again w/ doc or get 2nd opinion.
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