June 27, 2021 at 2:42 pm #74064
I had a risky encounter on 4/18. No intercourse just oral.
I got scared and decided to get an STD test. Came back clear for everything but wasn’t tested for HSV. Then on 6/18 I got an HSV test after noticing a bump on my shaft (Which has since gone away .no scabbing). Doctor looked at it and said it wasn’t herpes but gave me the test anyway.
Component Value Ref Range & Units Status
HSV 1 SPECIFIC IGG <0.900 <0.900 Final
HSV 2 SPECIFIC IGG 0.981 <0.900 Final
She told me this is most likely positive and didn’t suggest a retest. I told her I wanted to retest and she said in 3 months.
My question for you Terri is should I retest? Are these results likely positive?
Thank you for any help in advance.
June 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm #74065
I should also add the whole encounter lasted about 10mins. Oral was performed both ways. Them on me and me on them.
June 28, 2021 at 1:19 am #74069
I should also add this was my first time doing anything sexual and it was stupidly unprotected.
June 29, 2021 at 9:07 am #74084
Oral sex does not present any real risk for HSV 2. And your HSV 2 number is low, I wouldn’t have worried about it anyway. Since this is your first sexual encounter, I wouldn’t have even recommended herpes testing at all. I do not believe that you need to worry about this equivocal HSV 2 result. Also, it says the final result is <.900, which is the cutoff for negative. I don't really understand why there are two results for HSV 1 and two for HSV 2. Terri
June 29, 2021 at 10:09 am #74090
The <.900 is just the reference. The final result is 0.981. sorry I shouldn’t have included that end part.
June 29, 2021 at 2:34 pm #74091
I also forgot to mention that I put my hand on there genitals, then touched my own. I don’t know if that would raise the risk. But yeah my HSV 2 IgG came back 0.981 at 9 weeks and my doctor seems to believe I’m positive based on that.
July 1, 2021 at 12:21 am #74098
I forgot to also add at about 18 days after the encounter I felt a burning feeling on my shaft but no sores what so ever. This only lasted a day or so. Prior to this I was taking the antibiotic azithromycin for a sore throat that the antibiotic quickly cleared up in the and chalked the burning up to a side effect of the antibiotic since skin irrational is one of the side effects and I’ve never felt that burning on my shaft since and It never burned to urinate at anytime.
Also I’ve been so nervous that I’ve been pacing back and forth alot which I believe is leading to a chafing burning feeling on both on my thighs which stops after I stop pacing.
Not sure if any of this has any bearing I just thought I’d mention it.
July 1, 2021 at 12:34 am #74099
Sorry couldn’t edit the last post. I meant skin irritation as one of the azithromycin side effects. Not skin irrational.
Sorry it post so much.
July 8, 2021 at 4:11 pm #74140
I think an index value that low at 9 weeks ago strongly suggests that you are not infected. I would definitely disagree that a positive is a slam dunk. The western blot could help you sort this out but my money is on no infection and the contact you had is way minimal.
July 26, 2021 at 4:49 pm #74343
So taking in to account all the potential symptoms I posted and the low index value, should I even bother getting tested again if I don’t see or feel any “classic” symptoms? I mean what is the likelihood from just oral and hand to genital contact it could spread? Also what could make my HSV 2 above negative?
Thank you again Terri.
July 29, 2021 at 10:02 am #74374
It is common to test in the equivocal range without having herpes – it is a function of the test and a protein in your blood unrelated to herpes. Whether you decide to test again is your decision, but the encounter you described to me did not present any real risk for HSV 2.
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