My GP has just diagnosed me with genital herpes but I didn't have a blood test. If I have a blood test even if my symptoms have faded and disappeared will it still show positive for the virus, so I can be sure thats what it is.
If they didn't do a blood test, then they did a viral culture (which is basically a scraping of the sore). The viral culture test is 100% accurate (i just asked my doctor this yesterday). I was diagnossed November 2007 and have been in denial about it. I wanted to get re-tesed yesterday, but my doctor informed me that the blood test is very inaccurate. With the blood test they're only looking for "signs" and if you're not having active symptoms, it is very hard to find. With a culture, they look at the sample under a microscope in a lab... it's like looking for a herd of elephants. Pretty hard not to see. If you did in fact have a viral culture done, you definetly have herpes. I'm very sorry. Just remember, your life isn't over! You're not doomed to grow old alone. I have found out that there are PLENTY of people with herpes and PLENTY of people that don't but they don't judge. I am currently dating someone who knows about my condition and it doesn't bother him. I hope I was helpful for you. If you need anyone to talk to, I check this site everyday. Feel free to view my profile and email me (0: