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Can a visual diagnosis be wrong?

So I'm only 18 years young and found out in October (age 17) that I had the herpes virus by a visual diagnosis. My first question is, how accurate is a visual diagnosis?
It was a good week before I went to the dr and was having painful urination and bad flu like symptoms. I even missed a day of school. Curious me went to a mirror and examined myself to find a tear that looked kind of like a long blister. Within that one week more developed and I had enough and went to a doctor. It's been 3 months now without another outbreak. I'm getting a blood test tomorrow but still wished to know the possibility of it actually being herpes.
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Yes, a visual diagnosis is only 75% accurate at best. It must be confirmed with a swab. A blood test can be of some assistance.

What was your sexual history in the two weeks leading into that first blister?
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I had sex with a boyfriend. He was the only person I was sleeping with.
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In that case you need to understand your HSV status. Obtain a blood test for IgG antibodies, type specific for HSV1 and HSV2.

The issue will be that a positive HSV1 outcome will not prove a genital infection. It would more likely indicate an oral infection. Do you get cold sores? Do either of your parents?
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I don't get cold sores. Never have.
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