September 30, 2022 at 4:55 pm #78926anxiety8888Participant
I believe I was exposed July 7 when my former partner had an active outbreak that I did not see, nor did he disclose to me. I experienced a UTI July 15. I had what I thought was a reaction to the Macrobid I was given for UTI treatment, in the form of headaches, fatigue, and loss of appetite, night sweats, for 4 days. At this time they did a full panel and everything came back negative (HSV IGG).
I went back to the doctor July 21 to switch meds and felt better after.
July 28 I went back to have the doctor check what I thought were pimples on the folds of my right buttcheek. She examined me and said it looked moisture related, and did not suspect it was an infectious disease. It was already scabbed over at this time, so there was nothing to swab. They did not test for anything else at this time. I also did not suspect anything because it did not look like images of herpes I had seen online.
September 13 I did another full panel STD (HSV IGm) and it came back positive for HSV 1 (1.2) and HSV 2 (1.8).
September 23 I did an IGG test at a different clinic, that was sent to Quest labs and came back HSV 2 positive with an index of 18.6.
Are the symptoms I described in July consistent with a first outbreak?
Should I be confident in the positive IGG if I’m currently not experiencing any symptoms?
thank you for your guidance
September 30, 2022 at 5:03 pm #78927anxiety8888Participant
Also want to add that I had the monkeypox vaccine August 26. Is there any chance of that cross-reacting with the antibody test?
October 6, 2022 at 8:59 am #78965Terri WarrenKeymaster
I don’t know if there is any cross reactivity between the monkeypox vaccine and herpes antibody testing but I doubt it. I would say that a more likely scenario is that what you thought was a UTI wasn’t but rather a new infection. Herpes lesions do cause pain with urination and urine often picks up white cells from the lesions as it passes over them and causes a urine dip to look positive. Was an examination done when you presented with UTI symptoms? With a new infection, the IgG test would come back negative. And the lesions around the buttocks do sound consistent with more lesions, to me.
I think you have a classic presentation of a first infection, unfortunately.
I’m so sorry that that partner didn’t disclose his herpes status to you. did he eventually admit that he had it? Lawsuits have netted hundreds of thousands of dollars in situations exactly like this. He should be ashamed.
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