July 10, 2023 at 8:25 pm #82308dogsaregreat2.0Participant
I’ve come to you several times before with HSV anxiety. Despite not having any new partners, I’m seeking your professional take (and hopefully some reassurance) on where I’m currently at with my status. It’s hard to trust my emotions on this but easy to trust your professional opinion.
Two years ago, you helped me obtain a WB and I got negative for both HSV1/2. My antibodies were pretty high for HSV1, and for HSV2 I was at a 1.13 (I believe).
Anyways, since then I’ve had two penetrative partners (both unprotected). One was testing constantly (sperm donor, plus I trust them immensely in this regard) and was always negative for both. And the other – who I trust far less – and I have had sex once (with him getting tested prior). After we had penetrative sex, I went and got tested and my HSV2 number came back as a 2.56! So I asked him to get tested again, and he kindly obliged, and was firmly negative. One of my questions to you is this: Is that a normal or seminormal jump in numbers on my end? I know that the only two people I had sex with (one of them, literally once) were negative, but I’m still a bit anxious about why my number jumped like that?
Anyways: after all of this – and me understanding I wasn’t exposed to HSV2 – I started dating again. I made a enjoyable but poor judgement call to preform oral sex on a man one time (no visible lesions). In the days that followed, I ate a lot of pineapple so the sides of my mouth got a little red and cracked (looked like it was from citric acid)? Anyways, I asked him to get tested and he came back a strong positive (5+). So, I went and got tested again to see if I got a rare case of symptomless OHSV2 and my number was 2.39. So, lower than my previous HSV2 igg score with my negative partners.
I know you told me that you would “say greater than five should be a concern” when it comes to exposure. Do I have anything to worry about here? I know it’s silly, but I’d appreciate your take. Should I get a WB again?
July 15, 2023 at 11:39 am #82332Terri WarrenKeymaster
Yes, I think you should get another blot. There are just too many things in your post that worry me, including your low positive index value and the fact that you’ve had unprotected intercourse and gave oral sex to someone who has a high HSV 2 index value. If you still have my email, write to me at that email and tell me all of this and we’ll arrange another blot.
- This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by Terri Warren.
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