July 15, 2019 at 1:32 am #43599
I was diagnosed with genital HSV1 through a swab test about 5 weeks ago. The outbreak was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced & it lasted close to 3 weeks. My doctor said it is very likely that it was transmitted through oral sex & based off the severity of the outbreak, it was an initial outbreak likly transmitted from my last partner. (He has never had any signs or symptoms in the past.)
I decided not to do suppressant therapy & just take a 3 day course of the Valacyclovir when/if another outbreak occurred.
It’s been a about 2-3 weeks since the first outbreak has healed & I’m pretty sure that I’m already experiencing what I think is a second outbreak. I wasn’t expecting to have another outbreak so soon. It felt like a yeast infection at first but then I discovered a couple bumps that felt similar to the start of my first outbreak so I began the 3 day course of Valacyclovir immediately. I do have a history of recurrent yeast infections & BV. I was actually diagnosed & treated for both just a week before being diagnosed with herpes. I’m realizing now that it might be hard for me to tell the difference between what it feels like when I am getting another yeast infection/bv & what the beginning of an outbreak feels like.
Anyways, my partner just informed me that he has been diagnosed with genital HSV2. Now I’m just very confused.
1. I’m wondering if it is possible that I had a false negative/positive result… Should I go get retested to make sure I actually have HSV1?
2. Should I take more than the 3 day course of Valacyclovir if I don’t feel like the outbreak is healed? I didn’t think to ask this question at the time my doctor & I talked about treating future outbreaks. I finished the full 3 day course of the prescription & have been off of it for a couple days now. I’m itching like crazy & it wouldn’t surprise me if that is being caused by another yeast infection, but could be symptoms of the outbreak as well, so I‘m not sure what to do at this point.
July 16, 2019 at 12:01 pm #43693
How was your partner diagnosed with HSV 2? If blood antibody test, please find out his index value and was it IgG or IgM? I want to make sure that his diagnosis is correct. And just because he has HSV 2 doesn’t mean he can’t have HSV 1 as well and the IgG misses 30% of HSV 1 infections. For that reason, I’m not clear that doing an IgG test will be useful. It would be unusual to have a mistyping of the virus but I guess no impossible – just highly unusual.
You may wish to consider about 3 months of suppression if you are already having antoher outbreak.
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