December 19, 2021 at 1:50 pm #75897
I received a + HSV 1 diagnoses via igG blood test this past Thursday. My results were: <62.5 for HSV 1, <0.91 for HSV 2.
After submitting my blood test, I felt nervous before results that I’d get a positive HSV diagnosis, not because I had ever thought I had symptoms, but because I know it’s very common to have HSV and I’ve had a couple of partners who have had several partners (but don’t know if they have HSV or not because they’ve never been tested for HSV). But three days before results, I started feeling tingling around my mouth, though no blisters/bumped formed. So I considered it psychosomatic and hoped for the best.
Then I received a positive HSV 1 diagnosis and noticed a cluster of pin-sized, clear, firm bumps on my cheek that day, persistent tingling around my lips, and two pin-sized, white-head resembling bumps almost immediately after feeling itching/tingling in those spots, one near my lip and the other near my chin. I’m also PMS-ing. I took Valtrex on Friday, the day after being diagnosed, to stave off a potential outbreak, and the bumps I noticed look exactly the same, no increase in size, any pain, or blister-appearance.
Then, today, four days after the diagnoses, I felt the lymph nodes on my arm near armpit feel painful, a pimple-sized bump on armpit near painful lymph nodes, itching around genitals that subsided with a topical steroid cream for chronic inflammation in that area that’s always been present on/off since I started menstruating as a pre-teen. The topical cream always helps with the itch. But is it possible I received a false negative for HSV 2 test? It has been about 13 weeks since most likely exposure to HSV 2, and my test is also right at the borderline for a negative (<0.91). Could it be GSHV 1? Prior to today, I’ve had what I thought were cysts 1-2 times on my vulva a few years back. Did not have any other GHSV-symptoms.
December 20, 2021 at 9:06 am #75902
I’ll add that for the past few days since I started taking Valtrex (initially 500mg twice a day for three days and then 2mg twice a day for one day), I’ve been noticing tiny, pin-head sized bumps crop up all over my body – I notice an itch and then the bump immediately appears, like on my wrists, arms, thigh where I recently shaved, but especially all over my face. They are white and/or flesh-colored and do not scar or bleed when I rub them off with a napkin. Does this sound like a Valtrex-related rash or more HSV sores or something else entirely? I don’t know why I’m seeing more and more despite using Valtrex.
December 27, 2021 at 8:03 am #75959
Your mind is messing with you. Nothing you have described sounds like herpes lesions to me but clearly, you have HSV 1 infection and are negative for HSV 2. If you waited 12 weeks after any concern sexual encounters for a final test, there is an 8% chance that the test missed an HSV 2 infection.
If you continue to have these bumps on your skin, I would suggest that you see a dermatologist for an evaluation.
December 29, 2021 at 11:42 am #76012
In the event of HSV 1 genital transmission, how often does an uninfected partner obtain HSV 1 genital via unprotected sex when the infected partner is shedding asymptomatically? I want to know if the 10% asymptomatic rate of transmission for HSV1 genital via unprotected sex is 10% of the time when the infected partner is shedding asymptomatically or just the odds overall.
January 3, 2022 at 5:21 pm #76052
I don’t know where you got a 10% transmission rate for HSV 1. That is not a statistic that I have ever heard. We have no statistics that I am aware of relating to HSV 1 transmission.
Most HSV 1 genital infections are acquired through receiving oral sex, not intercourse.
January 5, 2022 at 3:38 pm #76067
https://stdcenterny.com/odds-of-getting-herpes.html this site says HSV 1 genital sheds 11% of the time, which is somewhat different from what I was saying about asymptomatic transmission, I think I saw that in a research study that I’m having trouble finding now.
So I just started experiencing pain around my groin and abdominal cramping. Don’t really feel lymph nodes but certain spots are tender. Still no lesions, but some itching still. Some back pain and aches in my legs. I’ve been feeling this itching on and off for several weeks and had flu-like symptoms 10 days ago, which came and went for five days (symptoms one day, fine for two, back again for two days for a final time). Is there a chance this sounds like a first outbreak for HSV 2? I really only could have been exposed to it about 12 weeks before I tested negative for it, so I know the odds are about 8% like you said that it was a false negative at that point. But I’m so confused by these symptoms because the flu like symptoms happened almost 2 weeks ago and then I was fine for a while and now I’m feeling this ache and cramping down there. I tested negative for COVID. I know blisters can come back a week or two after the initial round in a first outbreak but can you get other HSV symptoms like that too? Does it make sense to have groin aches and cramping and leg and back pain but no blisters?
January 7, 2022 at 8:56 am #76101
When people are first infected with HSV 1 genitally, they shed around 12% of days, but after having HSV 1 genitally for about 4 months, that drops to 7% of the time and by two years, they are shedding only 1.3% of days which is about 4 days out of the year. This is data from Dr. Christine Johnston at the University of Washington.
Nothing you have described for me here sounds like new genital HSV 2 and I believe that you waited long enough to test accurately (as accurate as the IgG test gets) for HSV 2.
Your HSV 1 infection is long standing with an index value that high. You cannot know for certain if your HSV 1 infection is oral or genital but statistically more likely to be oral.
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