November 20, 2020 at 4:56 pm #71841
First off thank you Teri for everything you do, you are much appreciated.
So, I started seeing a new partner (recently left a long term relationship) we began having protected sex and unprotected oral sex. Before the relationship I took a full STI panel including blood IGG for HSV1/2 all negative. Into the relationship i took two more IGG tests again, negative (in Canada there is no index value it just says negative / no antibodies detected) it was CMIA if this makes a difference or not. I had my partner also get tested via blood test for HSV1/2 all negative. I felt comfortable then began reading into “false negatives” what is the likely hood all three of my tests were false negative? What is the likely hood his test was also a false negative? We’ve never had any true herpes symptoms. This has been stressing out my relationship which I want to enjoy but all I do is get anxiety and do research.
My biggest concern is that I often get sensations in my face (including by my mouth) my back, legs, head, scalp, etc of random burning or prickles and I always assume (when it’s by my mouth it’s HSV1 arriving then I panic about giving oral sex) but could this be due to anxiety? I’ve had this for many years. I don’t know what a herpes tingle feels like and I don’t know if I’ve experienced it. I feel we’ve done everything right, full testing and everything but I can’t let this go. I cannot afford or access the WB where i am in Canada.
Please help me I am begging for reassurance I can’t let this go.
Thank you again for what you do.
I can also post a photo of my lab results if you need (negative 3/3)
November 25, 2020 at 11:55 am #71879Terri WarrenKeymaster
If your IgG is negative for HSV 1 and 2, you can count on the HSV 2 result with a high degree of certainty. The HSV 1 is less certain but since about half the population has this, it may be less important to you. I’m not sure how to reassure you, really. You’ve had no lesions that sound like herpes lesions, right? I can only tell you the statistics and let you come to an understanding on your own. How many lifetime sex partners have you had and how many were unprotected vs. protected? Do you know the herpes status of any of them?
I can arrange for the blot for you in Canada if you just can’t let this go.
November 25, 2020 at 9:20 pm #71896
Thank you so much for your reply I appreciate it.
I have been with four men my whole life. My last was my partner of six years, I recently began with someone new we’ve been in a committed relationship for a few months. We started protected then I had my HSV blood work and he did as well (both negative) but I have this constant anxiety which is putting a damper on my relationship. No, I have not had any typical herpes symptoms ever. I just notice every little feeling I get anywhere whether it’s my face, arms, legs. Any itch I panick. Yes, I would absolutely love to have the WB brought to Canada I will pay whatever I have to. Is it possible to have both my partner and I take the WB? He is consenting.
Thank you again for what you do. How do we proceed?
November 28, 2020 at 3:46 pm #71908
Hi again Teri.
I need to explain some symptoms regardless of all the negative testing on my part as well as new partner.
The last three months
Random bouts of pain inside or on vagina (I was diagnosed with cervical ectropian) I doubt this has anything to do with what I was feeling.
Random itch that comes and goes
(Sometimes inside vagina or around where hair grows) the last couple days I felt the itch on the inside again, I felt dull pain (I have read this is not consistent with HSV) again it’s been going on three or more months I have NOT been tested for mycoplasma/fungal/bacteria/ureoplasma I took a monistat and nothing really changed I investigated my vagina (opened minor labia) to see redness inside – no blisters or lesions just red and feels a bit itchy but very dry to touch, it doesn’t sting or hurt to urinate what so ever. If this was an initial OB wouldn’t I have other symptoms?
Also, this has been going on for MONTHS the random sensations. At this point I really need the WB I am not really upset just frustrated as to what could be causing this.
My partner and I DO not use condoms anymore due to the negative IGG but now I am wondering about the false negatives especially for type 1.
What are your thoughts on this? I am a little stressed out because again, we did everything right. Practiced safe sex, proceeded full panels and continued on.
I am going tomorrow to get the area swabbed but it’s really just a reddened area. I’ve had redness on the inside before because I examine a lot but this time I can’t let it go. What are your thoughts? Should I be prepared for the worst? For a full blown initial OB?
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