August 21, 2023 at 5:52 am #82660123Participant
My boyfriend and I have been seeing each other for the past 6 months, and sleeping together for the past 5 months. We both got tested prior to sleeping unprotected, but unfortunately hsv was not on the testing.
We went on a week long vacation early June, and the day after we got back home, I had pain urinating. Looking downstairs I had several painful “pimples”. They got worse the next day, and I went into my doctors office to get them looked at. I also felt feverish, had an insane amount of discharge and generally in so much pain, as I’ve never experienced before. I got my result back, and they were positive for hsv2.
I requested a blood test, and this was done around 3 weeks since the start of our vacation. We slept together every day for a week.
I had a follow up with my gynecologist, who said I had a very very low iGG positive for hsv2, and negative for hsv1. I also had a very high igM. I don’t know the exact numbers, but she told me if I didn’t have my blisters swabbed, I would have to retest in some weeks, as it was just over the positive range.
My last sexual encounter was in October, one time protected, and one time not (same guy, same day).
My gynecologist said my outbreak looked like a typical first time infection, and in combination with the very low iGG and high igM and the timeline, she is almost certain my boyfriend is the one who gave this to me.
I guess I’m asking for an expert’s advice? Do you think the virus could have been latent for 8 months? There have been several stressful occasions in the past 8 months that should’ve triggered an outbreak, and I was not sick on the vacation, nor had any stressful events. I know sex can be a trigger in itself, but we’ve slept together countless times before, without nothing happening.
I’ve also been to the gynecologist more times than I can count in the last few years, due to cysts on the ovaries, provlems with menstruation and such. I’m therefore very aware of anything that happens there.
August 21, 2023 at 6:11 am #82661123Participant
I also want to add that I shaved twice during the vacation, which I know now can make it easier for hsv to transfer through the skin..
I also got the blood test in the middle of an outbreak, and figured if I’ve had it for at least 8 months, the antibodies should be higher during a very active outbreak?
My boyfriend hasn’t had any symptoms yet, and will get a blood test when he’s back in town.
August 27, 2023 at 8:53 am #82707Terri WarrenKeymaster
It certainly sounds like a new infection to me.
Combine multiple lesions, very low IgG result, this makes me believe this is a new infection. However, it’s very wise that he get the antibody test, IgG, never IgM. Most people with HSV 2 are not aware of their infection, so perhaps he was not aware he could infect you.
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