June 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm #7336BeachesParticipant
My first relationship after my 20 year marriage was with a gentleman that had herpes 1 orally and I think gave it to me on my clitoris.
I had a few perhaps 4 tiny bumps there that never broke open and never crusted, just there one day and gone within a few days. Never had these again since this first sight of them in January 2012.
I spoke to him about this and the only thing we could come up with was that he had a cold soar on his mouth, which he claims that he got from his grandson; whom apparently got from his mother.
I decided to get herpes testing then and I was positive for 1 but not 2… I do not have my report with me at this moment to reference the levels.
We continued our relationship for another couple of years, we had a very active sex life both oral and intercourse, he never got soars on his penis… Why is that?
My next boyfriend also had Herpes 1 orally and claims he got this from his mother and has always had this since he was a child. We too had a very active sex life both orally and intercourse, he has never had soars on his penis either.
Is this because they both had Herpes 1 prior to me and now they can not be exposed to it in different places except orally?
I am no longer with either one of these gentlemen and recently decided to have a Peace of Mind testing completed which has indicated I have both Herpes 1 and 2.
My Herpes 2 level is 1.86… And I have spoken to both of these men since these results came in and they both claim never have had soars on their penis.
I would like to number one know why they never got the Herpes 1 on genitals and also confirm both my herpes 1 and 2 through Weatern Blot.
I have never had another outbreak on my clitoris since my first in early 2012, could this mean I do not have Herpes 1?
Thank you for you help with these questions.
June 15, 2015 at 9:09 pm #7341Terri WarrenKeymaster
I think it is likely that you do have HSV 1, though the western blot would confirm it, but we don’t know for certain exactly where it is since you did not have the clitoris swab tested, I am assuming, at the time you had the bumps.
Your previous partners likely do not have lesions on their penis because they have HSV orally. Once you have an infection in one location it is extremely unlikely you will get the same infection at a new place.
HSV 1 genital infection recurs infrequently and this is likely why you have not had a recurrence if indeed what you got in 2012 was actually genital infection. If a person who has this infection genitally does not have a recurrence within the first year after new infection, there is an 88% chance that they never will have a recurrence.
The positive antibody test or HSV-2 is an entirely different matter. Without knowing the index value of your HSV-2 test, I cannot help you with how likely it is that this is a false positive. However, if neither of your partners have HSV-2 then I think it is important that you consider a Western blot to confirm or deny the HSV-2 infection. The clinic can order this test for you to be drawn at a laboratory near where you live. Please let us know if you would like help with that.
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