January 27, 2015 at 11:06 pm #3319LovemydogParticipant
First of all, I want to say thanks! I have talked to several GPs and my gyn with little to no answers to my questions.
First I will explain my sexual encounters. Broke up with my 5+ year boyfriend in 2011, neither of us ever had any problems. Then no sexual encounters until August 2013, vaginal intercourse with one guy for about a year. Often protected, a few times not. Although I am allergic to latex, so they were non latex condoms. Then the last week of September 2014, I made out with a guy in our underwear and he took out his penis and rubbed it against my vagina for a few seconds. Once I realized and asked him to stop, he did it again at which point I got up and left. Both of those men, at my request, had type specific igg blood tests for hsv 1&2 about a week ago and were both negative.
I have been tested 3 times for HSV 1&2 type specific igg antibody tests through labcorp. My results were negative for HSV 2 <.91 all three times, but my antibodies for HSV 1 increased significantly between the last two tests.
First test August 2014, second test October 2014, third test January 2015.
2 weeks, 12 weeks, and six months after my last sexual intercourse.
HSV 1 in August was 26.0
HSV 1 in October was 28.2
HSV 1 in January was 41.4
The whole reason I feared the possibility of herpes was because I had a few boil like bumps on my vulva, began to google, which led to constant worry. One bump on my lower left labia, two on my right labia, both which came to a head. They didn’t hurt or itch, but were a little tender while exercising which is what sparked me to get down there with a mirror. They have reoccured once(last week) in similar places. I have had 3 different GPs examine them and tell me they were basically pimples/boils, drained out the sebum, and they heal up in a day or two. I have been on minocycline for about 4 years to control my acne and stopped taking it cold turkey in the middle of December 2014 because it wasn’t working and I know long term antibiotics aren’t very good for you if they aren’t necessary. I had also stopped taking it in July about two/three weeks before the first bumps appeared. So I am satisfied with the GPs opinions that they are in fact pimples/boils. I asked each GP for a viral culture and they said no that it was not necessary if anything they would check for staph and I should put the worry about herpes to rest.
What concerns me is why are my antibody levels to HSV 1 so high, and why did they nearly double between October and January?
Although I don’t suffer from oral cold sores, or remember having them as a child, my mom says she’s sure I had one or two as a kid.
Do you have any opinion or reassurance as to why my HSV 1 antibodies are so high and increased the way they did?
Thanks for your time!!!
January 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm #3327Terri WarrenKeymaster
By the way, I love my dog(s) as well as you!
If your mom was quite sure that you had one or two cold sores as a child, then you will always have antibody to HSV 1. Why the levels are varying this much is unclear, but I have definitely see that before and in people who had cold sores as a child it has absolutely no meaning at all. I think index values (which is what these are) vary over time in the positive range depending on several things, like your general health at the time you are drawn, what the control value is, etc. The level of the index value also has no meaning, only that you are firmly positive for HSV 1. I would try to avoid reading anything else into this.
It is likely that the doctors that have viewed these lesions know that they are talking about and it is also very unlikely that you would acquire HSV 1 genitally since you have had it orally since childhood.
It is good that you talked to your previous partners as that also adds to the idea that you were infected already when you had sex with them.
Feel free to ask two more questions.
January 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm #3333LovemydogParticipant
My pitbull is my pride and joy! First thing that came to my mind for a username ;p
Ok well thank you for answering my questions!!!
It is absolutely crazy to me how little is known about HSV, the stigmas, the utterly wrong information people have about it, and the lack of knowledge by doctors on the matter. I do understand it is a tricky and confusing virus, even for professionals! I’m glad for what I have learned from this whole situation. Big eye opener about the importance of sexual health and awareness!
Thanks for everything you do for all of the people who are seeking guidance and answers! That is good medicince 🙂
January 30, 2015 at 1:49 am #3345Terri WarrenKeymaster
You are most welcome.
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