May 22, 2015 at 2:00 am #6824DazedandconfusedParticipant
Hello. I was diagnosed with HSV2 on 5-15-15 at an urgent care center after I developed 2 small lesions on my Labia. They were swabbed after the doc said it looked like herpes. I had suffered with the lesions for about 4 days before they started to heal & I went to the doc because I had no idea what it was.
2 months ago I became intimate with the guy I have been dating. We used protection most times, but not always. We had oral sex also. I noticed after each encounter I would get increasingly dry & itchy down there. Definitely not normal for me. The last encounter I was so dry & there was a lot of friction. So, I stopped all sex 3 weeks prior to diagnosis.
Rewind to 3-20-15 I had complete physical/pap. All std tests were negative except HSV1 which I was told not to worry b/c it causes cold sores, which I’ve never had. I was told my vaginal tissues look normal. I did, however, receive an antibiotic for BV. I assumed the vaginal dryness/itchiness was a yeast infection caused by the antibiotic or my BC pills.
Question 1: Since I had a negative blood test for HSV2 on 3/20 which was about a week after my partner & I became intimate & my swab tested positive on 5/15 could this virus be new & passed on to me by him? I get tested annually & have never tested positive for anything!
Question 2: Since I was completely unaware that I was experiencing a herpes OB could I have possibly passed it to my 3 year old son via, touching, towels, soap etc? He has eczema pretty bad and I noticed 2 bumps “down there” on him the day I was diagnosed now I’m terrified.
Sorry this is so long I’m just overwhelmed & ashamed. I feel dirty because of the stigma attached to herpes. I’m too afraid to tell my partner & have avoided being intimate with him in any way.
May 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm #6834Terri WarrenKeymaster
Yes, this could and likely is new infection. However, I don’t know anything about your partner just prior to March 20th. How long before that had you had another partner?
No, I do not think you passed this to your 3 year old son. This is a sexually transmitted infection, not transmitted in households to family members.
I think your partner needs to know that he may have this and may have transmitted it to you. You don’t need to be accusatory, just informative. If you had not had another partner within 4 months of the March testing it is very likely that you acquired this from the partner we are discussing here.
I know that you feel badly about this right now but if you read a lot and work hard on your own feelings, I believe that you can overcome this and get back to leading a happy and productive life. But it takes time and it takes works to remind yourself that this is not an evaluation of you as a person but rather a virus that just looks for vulnerable skin, nothing more at all.
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