My female partner of 10 years exposed us to HSV2 4 months ago. The male tested positive for HSV2 at 1.29 antibodies, she tested positive at 7.54. The clinic said that her antibodies indicated a new infection. What creates the difference in the two levels and would the levels indicate who gave it to whom. I tested negative for HSV2. My partner has had HSV1 since childhood. I have just been with her the last 10 years so unsurprisingly I also tested positive for HV1 as well. I am sure that I will eventually test positive for HSV2 because we are sexually active and will continue to remain so. she gets a cold sore maybe once a year from HSV1 and she has never had a HSV2 outbreak. I have never had an HSV1 outbreak and I tested neg for HSV2, so I have never had an outbreak…yet
If I just asked you two questions, I will make one of them my follow up
Additional, wouldn’t I have contracted HSV2 if my partner had been carrying HSV2 for the last ten years and we have had 10 plus unprotected sexual encounters meaning oral for each and intercourse per month? Again we have never had a breakout from HSV2. If she just got this HSV2, which is what we think, how long should it be before I test positive. She will take the medicine, but we are not going to change our sex life,other than being exclusive to one another.If she has it than I will have it
Thanks again frank
There are a few possibilities here but first, with an index value of 7+, this is NOT new infection and her other partner likely has either brand new infection OR a false positive. The transmission rate from female to male is about 4% per year having sex about twice per week – more sex, higher rates of transmission so it is completely possible that she did not transmit this virus to you. Her taking daily antiviral medicine cuts her risk of transmission in half.
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