March 13, 2021 at 3:31 pm #73067limpingplanetParticipant
I’ll try to make this as concise as possible.
I’ve never had intercourse with anyone (anal or vaginal). I have however had 2 encounters where oral sex was involved (Male-to-Male) with no protection/condom. I had no active sores nor did I notice sores on them at the time. I haven’t talked to the first person but the second one said he hasn’t had an HSV test down before but he has never had sores on the penis or anywhere else aside from the mouth as a kid. I never had any symptoms on the following days (except the one I mention down below). Aside from these encounters, I haven’t had any sexual interaction with anyone.
1st Encounter: 12/2019
2nd Encounter: 9/2020
I went to my GP for the annual checkup and he asked me if I wanted an STD exam, I said sure (I had never had one done before).
To my surprise, HSV-1 and HSV-2 came back positive. I never knew I had HSV-1 but knowing this I remembered having cold sores as a kid quite often so guess that’s been there for a while. The HSV-2 was a surprise though
10/04/2020 – With GP
HSV-1: 32.00 H
HSV-2: 1.64 H
10/17/2020 – Quest
HSV-2: 1.79 – Inhibition Test: Positive
HSV-1: 29.50 H
HSV-2: 1.59 H – Supplemental Test: Positive
I did develop balanitis (no sores of any kind anywhere) about 1.5 months after the last encounter. I still have it in fact (it’s been permanent for the last 4 months), just on the head of the penis. No symptoms though. No itchiness, no pain, nothing. It’s just red. Could this be a symptom of HSV-2?
I know both supplemental test positives don’t look good, but since the index value never went up even after 6 months from last exposure and in fact went down a little on the last exam, I wonder if this could be a false positive.
I will get the Western Blot from you, I’m just waiting a little longer since this year and the previous were a little rough financially.
What are the odds of this being a false positive?
Is it common to get HSV-2 from oral sex?
March 18, 2021 at 1:58 pm #73102Terri WarrenKeymaster
No, it is almost unheard of to get HSV 2 from oral sex. And your positive is definitely a low positive. I have ZERO confidence in the LabCorp or Quest confirmatory tests. Get the blot. You’ve waited long enough!
March 18, 2021 at 2:21 pm #73108limpingplanetParticipant
– So you think the odds of this being a false positive are high?
– Also, do you think the balanitis might be related to HSV or could it be something else?
“balanitis (no sores of any kind anywhere) about 1.5 months after the last encounter. I still have it in fact (it’s been permanent for the last 4/5 months), just on the head/gland of the penis (no shaft or anywhere else). No usual HSV symptoms though. No itchiness, no pain, no sores, nothing, it’s just ‘red’. I tried cortisone & fungal cream but it’s still the exact same ”
– About the WB,
I need to ask for the kit from UW, have a video consultation with you, get my blood taken at some local place, and ship it in the kit, right?
March 27, 2021 at 10:14 am #73134Terri WarrenKeymaster
Yes, I think the odds of this being a false positive are very high indeed.
I think the balanitis is likely due to something else, like a fungal condition
You are correct about how to do the western blot.
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