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I recently took a blood test (unsure which type, but I will find out) and my doctor called me today and told me I tested negative for HSV-1 and HSV-2. I have every symptom associated with herpes (tingling, burning, itching, daily pimply break-outs on my face, neck, shoulders, head, back, butt cheeks, etc. Is it possible the blood tests don't detect herpes gladiatorum or other herpes family diseases. What's my next step because I know I have something?
I began this condition four and-a-half years ago after having protected (with a condom) intercourse with a girl that had a couple razor cut looking marks where females shave in their genital area. My first symptom began two weeks later, a single pimple at the base of my penis. The female doctor who examined me said it did not look like herpes and five other doctors over four years said the same about my other break-outs. I finally took the test this week and it was negative for HSV-1 and HSV-2. But are there other Herpes family viruses that are causing my outbreaks and other symptoms that the blood test I took can't and wont detect?
The doctor that examined me told me that it is very difficult to test positive, Except During A Breakout, because they need a skin or fluid sample from the exact location of the infection. So if you are not experiencing blistering, it is very difficult to get enough of the virus cells to culture and could show negative. He also told me that blood tests are inconclusive even with positive subjects, therefore, in my doctor's opinion a blood test will not work.