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Blood Test at 6 months

While I've already attempted to research the topic thoroughly, I thought asking a question might be an easier way to receive answers specific to my situation.

After a sexual encounter with a partner last July, I began to notice some symptoms resembling herpes and I panicked. I confronted the partner about it and was told he did not have herpes, but I tend to be not totally trusting in situations like this.

Because my symptoms gradually lessened and because I wanted a more accurate test result, I decided to wait before getting tested. I finally worked up the courage to get tested at the end of January, something I was dreading because I had convinced myself the results would be positive. I went to a Quest diagnostics laboratory and took the 8-track STD test, which takes a blood sample and a urine sample. I believe the HSV tests are type-specific serology tests, and I tested negative for both HSV-1 and HSV-1.

Sorry for the long explanation, but my question is essentially regarding the accuracy of these tests. Since then I haven't experience any more symptoms, (perhaps it was somewhat mental) but I can't seem to stop worrying that it may have been a false negative. I do tend to overthink things, but I don't know how justified that is in this situation.
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3149845 tn?1506627771
Hi,if you tested negative 3 month post exposure with the herpes type specific and was negative for both hsv1 and 2 then they would be accurate. In the wold of herpes testing they are very accurate and only miss 10% of recent infection. What are these symptoms your mentioning?
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It would be monthly, generally around my period, and a slight rash. I never had any sores, but I would have slight itching accompanying the rash. It seemed possible that it could have also been a bad yeast infection but I don't know why it would randomly stop. Are there ever cases where people's bodies just don't develop antibodies?
3149845 tn?1506627771
Vaginal irritations are common with a period as the blood is a waste product. Also with a period can be a change in your Ph which causes yeast/fungal infections which also can be irritating to sensitive tissues.
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Thank you for helping to allay my fears. Would you recommend getting another blood test or do you think a negative result after six months is dependable enough to stop worrying?
3149845 tn?1506627771
Yes its dependable and no need to worry.
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