July 21, 2015 at 3:16 am #8281
Hi I met a man 15 yrs ago who suffers from hsv2. When he told me, in 1999, we went straight to the doctors , and she told me you could only be tested for hsv2 if a lesion was present and blood tests where unreliable.
I have never had any symptoms so never went to doctors.
In 2013 I read on the internet, and your site, that there was a new test the Igg blood test which is very accurate.
I went to the doctors in august 2013 because i was in a very anxious state and had bites allergey on my forearm and feared it was hsv2.
I started opening up about the hsv2 and my marriage which was breaking down. She tested me with the new Igg test and it came back negative. I live in australia and we are not given any values regarding the blood tests.
I have had another 5 blood test , all Igg tests over 18 months, all negative.
I had not been sexually active with my husband for along time. or any one else
Doctors here have differing opinions on the validity of the blood tests and say the test only detects antibodies not the virus.
However , one Doctor , who does my pap smears , also did a blood test Igg, and told me I DO NOT HAVE HSV2 and STOP the testing, she said that there are some people who just don’t get the virus .
Terri what are your thoughts?
I still to this day have not had any symptoms.
p.s i am no longer with my husband
July 21, 2015 at 7:29 am #8286
I would definitely believe the lab tests that you have received and I would also recommend that you stop testing. Be happy about the fact that you are not infected and try to move on. You have an opportunity for a fresh start and I think you should take it! Not everyone who is coupled with someone who has herpes gets herpes, that’s for sure.
July 21, 2015 at 7:32 am #8287
just a note on my previous post (am i positive by association or negative by blood test)
i am hsv1 positive since early childhood and the virus has gone dormant . I have not had an oral cold sore for about 20 yrs now.
Would this give me some immunity? ‘what is a discordant couple, does that mean that one partner is asymptomatic?and the other is v+hsv2?
The man I met 15 yrs ago is my husband in my original question.
July 21, 2015 at 7:35 am #8289
I don’t know what you mean by positive by association or negative by blood test. What do you mean by that?
Having an HSV 1 infection (which you will have forever if you had it as a child) does not offer you protection against HSV 2 infection. If you had acquired HSV 2 from your husband, the HSV 1 antibody might have kept the HSV 2 infection more under control.
A discordant couple is when one of you is infected and the other is not.
You re negative for HSV 2 which has been proven by blood antibody test.
July 22, 2015 at 1:45 am #8318
Hi Terri….. what I meant by “positive by association or negative by blood test” is that I rang a hospital STD unit and spoke to a nurse explaining my situation and she told me not to bother with the blood test that they are unreliable ,even though I told her the exact same thing i have shared with you, she said i am positive due to having a hsv2 husband..and I can only be tested if a lesion was present.
I have read many of your forums and have downloaded information from yr site, I consider you to be way more informed on the subject of hsv2 and trust and value your opinion. It is helping me. I believed all the information on the internet regarding hsv2 and self diagnosed I was asymptomatic. I was very stupid letting my pride stop me from seeking out help from doctors earlier, I could have made life choices a lot earlier in my life.
I still love my husband , it was not the hsv2 that crumbled our marriage.
thanks so much for your input:))))
July 23, 2015 at 11:08 am #8333
As you know by now, I strongly disagree with your nurse at the STD clinic – she should lose her job making such statements.
Consider an antibody test – you may be surprised at the results.
I have seen couples together for 30 years and transmission has not happened.
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