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Can I expect to eventually have genital symptoms?

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Hello, I am a young female who recently developed a rash on my left thigh. It was very painful and looked very similar to a shingles rash, so I went to an urgent care to be examined and they performed a culture swab. My relationship status is that I live with my now ex-boyfriend and he was the only male I was with for the past three years. We had a make-up "relations" session last night, and this morning the urgent care informed me the culture swab came back positive for herpes simplex 2. I am quite confused as to why there is only one lesion present and it is no where near my genital area. I have not had any abnormalities in my genital area, nor any difference in urinary tract issues or anal abnormalities. Should I be taking regular precautions as if I had genital herpes? Should my ex-boyfriend go and get tested? Also, is there a chance that the swab's results were incorrect? Can I expect to eventually have genital symptoms? I am so lost and scared.


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replied August 19th, 2014
Herpes and Genital Warts Answer A48830
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
You may consider getting the swab test repeated. If you have been diagnosed to have Herpes virus infection, it is likely that your partner would also have it. Consider getting your partner also tested. Use similar precautions as with genital herpes outbreak. Look out for new lesions that can be possible due to autoinoculation. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further examination, evaluation, clarification and assistance. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
Take care.


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