May 4, 2015 at 6:02 am #6444devastatedgurlParticipant
I first want to say that this forum has helped me better understand this virus and has offered more information than my own doctor. I knew very little about HSV2 and sadly I think that’s true for most of the general population. I apologize for the lengthy post but I want to be as detailed as possible.
Back in 2012 about two weeks into a new relationship I had gone to see my OBGYM for my annual wellness exam. I told her I was dating someone new and she suggested a full panel STI test that included HSV (I recently found out this is not part of the “standard” testing). My test were done through Quest and the IGG results were as follows:
HSV1 – >5.0 H Positive
HSV2 – 0.78 Negative
I was a bit nervous about the results but was relieved to find that I was cleared for all STD’s and I already knew about my HSV1 status. This relationship continued on and off until late 2013. No further testing at this point. Fast forward to mid 2014, almost a year later, I start dating someone new. We discussed sexual history and mutually decide it was safe for us to continue without protection. About a month into this new relationship I start to feel what seems like a yeast infection with mild itching and burning. It was uncomfortable but figured it might have been due to the new birth control pill I had stated taking (my insurance switched to another generic form) so I decided to self-medicate with OTC treatment and the symptoms seemed to subside. Two weeks later things between my ex and I resume sexually. No protection, very risky and foolish, I know.
Within a week the itching returns except now with discharge, no smell. I’m now suspicious and worried and its right before my cycle is to begin so I wait until it passes and I go see my OBGYN. She performs a visual exam, takes swabs and notes no sores or lesions. She orders another full panel STi test. She suspects yeast and sends me home with Diflucan. A week later the IGG results from Labcorp are as follows:
HSV1 – 36.60 H Positive
HSV2 – 2.18 H Positive
POSITIVE for HSV2. I was devastated. She sends me home with antivirals for possible future outbreaks. To date, I have not experienced any sores. I think I would know if I was having an outbreak because I’ve had HSV1 for years and I’m familiar with the symptoms and sores. These are very painful and I doubt I would be spared a painful genital HSV2 primary outbreak. Since my diagnosis, I’ve been hypersensitive to every sensation in my vagina and constantly inspecting for sores. I have been to my OBGYN at least 6 times for visual exams with the most resent being just a few weeks ago as I was certain I was having some sort of outbreak. I had itch, some burning and discharge. I was certain this time she would visually confirm the presence of sores and get a confirming swab. She noticed the discharge but could not confirm any sores present. Symptoms started on a Sunday and by Tuesday morning I was in my doctor’s office for a swab. No anti-viral meds at this point as I didn’t want that to interfere with swab test. I was certain it would be positive and prepared myself mentally. After the swabbing, I took the anti-virals for 10 days as instructed by my doctor who suspected a possible outbreak. I waited for sores to appear but none ever did. Swab test was done by Labcorp and results are as follows:
HSV Culture /Type – Negative
No HSV isolated
A negative result was not what I expected. In search for answers I contacted both partners and made them aware of my status (this wasn’t easy). When I asked whether HSV had been included in their previous STI tests, not one could say for sure. Not surprising, each one confirmed they had NOT been tested for HSV. After learning about my status, they agreed to test. At my request, they took type specific IGG tests. Here is where I’m baffled. They both came back with NEGATIVE results. How is it possible that my only possible exposures can be negative? I even went as far back as contacting the partner I was with prior to my negative result thinking that it might have taken me longer to seroconvert but he was ALSO negative. How is this possible?
11/2011 – last sexual encounter pre HSV test (reference point)
8/2012 – Negative; 2 weeks post encounter with first partner
2013 – No testing, no new partner
11/2014 – Positive; 1 month post encounter with second partner; 2 weeks post encounter with returning first partner
1. Scenario one: Had I been infected prior to my negative result, assuming longer seroconverting process, and after several instances of unprotected contact with future partners, wouldn’t it be conceivable that I would have passed this on to at least one of them?
2. Scenario two: Assuming I was recently infected by the second partner then a few weeks later had sexual contact with my ex, wouldn’t my ex have developed symptoms, lesions, or at least antibodies by 4 months post exposure since I would have been highly contagious during the first few months of infection?
3. Can anti-viral meds skew the IGG test and render a negative result? I ask in case any of my partners was taking any at the time they tested, although I don’t believe that to be the case.
4. Are there any other medicines that you know about that can skew the test results? Again, in case any of them is taking medication.
5. I’ve read it’s possible to have lesions internally on the cervix, how will I know if I’m having an OB? What are the symptoms when this happens? How will I know when they have healed since I cannot see them? Do they bleed?
6. Do my symptoms sound like HSV2 to you?
7. Is it possible that something else could be triggering my positive results?
8. Do you think I should consult an STD specialist? My OBGYM suggests a neurologist as I’ve had some leg pain (I don’t know if the leg pain is related or not).
I should also mention that in reading through this forum I became aware that low positive values, without the presence of sores, could potentially be a false positive. That being my case I ordered a WB through the UoW and the results came back positive. There was no value, just the word positive. Here is my question:
9. Has there ever been a case where the WB was wrong? If yes, how often does this happen?
I don’t understand how it’s possible for me to have a positive result when my only possible exposures are all negative. This is all I can think about now. I honestly feel like my life is over. I am severely depressed, confused and desperate for answers. I don’t know who else to ask to about this.
May 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm #6451Terri WarrenKeymaster
I believe that I answered this on another post, yes? Now I think you have six questions paid for altogether – be sure to use them all if you wish.
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