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Herpes dating nashville

And sure enough, they told me that they are the ONLY FACILITY IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY that can offer a clear herpes diagnosis.

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Because there’s no proof of the benefits of testing, “the risk of shaming and stigmatizing people outweighs the potential benefits.For these reasons, testing everyone for Herpes is not recommended at this time.” The abysmal public standing on Herpes testing leaves people like me, who DID get tested and DO know they have it, bearing the grunt of that shaming and stigmatizing the CDC is so concerned about.As a responsible adult, I choose to reveal to my partners that I have herpes; while 81% of people with my condition don’t -- in part because doctors won’t test for it without symptoms, even though the virus is asymptomatic the majority of our lives. My sentiments were confirmed a few months later, I met a man I wanted in my life for the long term. And at the end of this scary year, when I was diagnosed AGAIN, I had to go through all that pain all over again -- or so I thought.Wanting to protect my future partners with such a low transmission rate, I visited an Infectious Disease Specialist.There I learned that someone like me, who is asymptomatic (no outbreaks), has a transmission rate even lower than 1.9%.It's hard in circumstances like this to not become convinced you're a terrible person: a slut, monster, scourge of the earth... I was sure it was a second outbreak, and I was ready to get retested. “How can you have a positive culture and negative blood test?

No more raised eyebrows, I wanted real answers: If I was living as someone who had Herpes when I really didn’t have Herpes, I wanted the nightmare to end NOW. He looked at it and said, “That’s not herpes,” with the same conviction he used eight months prior for a different diagnosis. One of these tests is incorrect.” Turns out herpes is misdiagnosed 20% of the time, with professionals mistaking everything from fungal and yeast infections to other skin conditions for the STD.

I was bedridden for four weeks, unable to go to the bathroom unless I was in a tub of water (and even still the pain left me crying), sitting and lying on ice packs at all hours of the day, and racked with a 104-degree fever.

When the pain subsided, I transitioned into the next stage of this STD: being soundly rejected time and again by guys I liked as soon as I told them I had herpes. The next time I found something resembling sores around my crotch, I paid my doctor another visit.

Not only that, but a culture's accuracy decreases dramatically after the first 48 hours of the sores’ initial appearance, according to the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA).

My culture swab was taken four days after the sores appeared, causing my doctor to believe it could have produced inaccurate results.

The tests themselves are also inaccurate; failing to detect up to 25% of "true positive" cases.