March 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm #5558ctgus2012Participant
I just got diagnosed positive for Herpes 1 & 2… I never had tested for Herpes before, so I don’t know if is something new or old… I did get tested now because I was dating a guy that had something in his penis and he didn’t tell me, he thought that was something normal, nothing serious and we had sex, most part with condoms but had without condoms too… The sexual encounter was Feb 8, one week later he called me and said that the bumps on his penis get worse and we should get tested… I get tested first for all STD’s but not for Herpes, and came everything negative… 3 weeks after the sexual encounter I get tested for Herpes and all other STD’s again…
Syphilis, HIV, Chlamydia, Hepatite = Negative/Non-Reactive
Herpes HSV 1 IgG Specific = Positive > 5.0
Herpes HSV 2 IgG Specific = Positive > 5.0
The guy that I had sex, his results was negative to Herpes (he got tested using IgM, and I told him to get re-tested using IgG) and positive to Syphilis… I never had any outbreaks or Herpes symptoms… The only thing that I had having for couple years, that happens somethings and then go away is a burn sensation on the back of my leg (just one leg), on my calves, top of my feet and sometimes on my butt… It happens for a few days, sometimes couple weeks and then disappear… I don’t take any medication! The day after he told me about the thing on his penis, I got symptoms related to Herpes, red dots on my tongue (like strawberry tongue), sore throat and some white spots on my throat on the right side (nothing outside of my mouth or lips)… No other symptoms, or bums anywhere…
Questions: Do I really have Herpes? Do you know if this can be a false positive? Should I do culture test on my throat?
Do you think that maybe I always had Herpes and now I’m getting a outbreak because he has syphilis?
Thanks in advance!
March 13, 2015 at 2:20 pm #5568Terri WarrenKeymaster
I think you really do have herpes. The index values that you list are beyond the number needed for confirmation. I do not believe it is a false positive. It’s difficult to know if what’s in your throat is herpes but if it is, it is not new. It appears that you have had herpes for quite a while, given those high scores.
I am concerned about the syphilis diagnosis of your partner. Are you being treated for syphilis?
March 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm #5574ctgus2012Participant
Understand… I never had a outbreak, this is why I was confusing because my partner was negative for herpes but he did the IgM test…
So, this thing on my throat can be a strep throat or something else right? I’ll go to a doctor to do a culture sample test… I’m sending a picture of my throat!
I’m not being treated for syphilis, all my tests was negative, I did it twice 2 weeks after exposure (last sex encounter) and then 1 week later…
And I had been tested before for syphilis and was negative too…
I did it twice because after my first test was negative and his was positive I wanted to confirm, and my was negative…
I asked him to do the IgG herpes test… He got first a swab test on his penis, where were the bumps, and came back negative and then he did the IgM that was negative too…
March 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm #5576Terri WarrenKeymaster
The IgM test is not useful to diagnose herpes. He needs the IgG test, type specific.
The syphilis test can become positive anywhere from 9 to 90 days after exposure. I’m quite surprised that the county you live in is not asking you to be treated as a contact to syphilis, even if your tests are negative. As you can see, it can take quite a while for a test to become positive. I’m hoping that they are encouraging you to return for more testing if they are choosing not to treat you at this time.
You could certainly go have throat culture but for me, this does not look like herpes but the quality of the picture isn’t great. An in-person examination will likely be more useful.
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