I was recently diagnosed by bloodwork as carrying HSV-1. I thought I had received it in childhood (in contrast to my parents reassurance that you just "get them" when you're feeling tired) after becoming educated in college about STI/STDs, but a prior negative test 1-2 years ago reassured me that I didn't have it and it was my own neurotic self.
Looks like that previous test was wrong. I have been in a committed relationship for 3 years and my partner had tested negative at the beginning of our relationship. My concern is that during that time where I believed that I did not have HSV-1, we engaged in oral sex multiple times and unprotected sex. (I feel horribly for "deceiving" him, and he will get a test in several weeks to check himself.)
Anyway, I was travelling the day that I got diagnosed and noticed that my vaginal opening seemed raw the next day. There was no pain, it was just uncomfortable. At night, it seemed to start to burn, but by the next morning, it was gone. As evening approached, I noticed that it felt as though there was something lodged underneath my right labia down there. I tried to check and see what was there and irritated/made it swell up more instead. The next few days it continued to be uncomfortable. All during this time, which was the week I was ovulating after my period, I had alot of discharge.
As soon as I returned home from my trip yesterday, I went to my GYNO and asked for another swab test since my pap smear came back negative for HSV 1 and 2 right before I left for my week-long trip (the same day I got the bloodwork done). Before the second culture, I examined myself at home and did notice there were clumps of discharge (almost vaseline-like) all around my vaginal opening.
1) psychosymptomatic and all psychological
2) an allergic reaction to the Lever soap I used while travelling (and if so, why did my symptoms last so long)
3) genital herpes - HSV1 ( and am showing just mild symptoms/no blisters due to HSV1 innoculation up on my lip)
4) yeast infection
My OBGYN was vague on when to expect results, and I am driving myself crazy at work trying to figure this out. My current partner is the only person with whom I've engaged "risky" sexual behavior because he had tested negative (and I thought I had, too). I am pretty upset.