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Old 02-05-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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Question Difference between type 1 and 2..??

My doctor did a swab 'down there' and did a blood test. The swab came
back negative but the blood test came back positive for Herpes type
1, which is TYPICALLY herpes of the mouth, aka: cold sores.... right?

So she said that doesnt mean I have genital herpes, but the only way
to find out for sure is to take a swab during an outbreak. So i have
one little tiny bump that u can barely even see so shes gonna try and
test it tomorrow.

She said that type 1 is typically cold sores, but Ive never had a cold sore before... so does that mean it is genital? Im so damn confused about this type 1/ type 2 crap!!!

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Old 02-06-2009, 09:14 AM   #2
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Re: Difference between type 1 and 2..??

I'll try to explain it, although I know it's confusing Herpes I is the virus that causes cold sores and it's "home base" is usually around the head area. Herpes II is the virus most people call "genital" herpes and it's home base is in the spinal area. You can get get Herpes I in the genital area, usually from oral sex. You can also get Herpes II in the facial area but it's very rare. Since you said you never had a cold sore, you had no immunity to fight off the Herpes I infection that you contracted. Herpes I in the genital area is usually more mild than Herpes II and the break outs are less often. The viruses are very similar but "cold sores" are more socially acceptable than "genital sores". I hope I helped a bit

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Re: Difference between type 1 and 2..??

Seems she (doctor) should just talk type 1 and type 2. I can see where you would
be very confused. Seems to me that even if you have type 1, but you have it in the
genitals, it wouldn't be much different than having type 2 genital herpes. Except, as the previous poster mentioned, everyone says you will have less significant problems with outbreaks. Don't be afraid to let the doctor know she's confusing you. It's a lot to take in and understand and remember she works for you! Good luck. Hope it all works out for you.

Old 02-08-2009, 09:13 AM   #4
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Re: Difference between type 1 and 2..??

It is very possible to have oral type 1 and to never have a cold sore.

Unless you can get an "outbreak" tested, you will never know where you have it.

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