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- This topic has 6 replies, 2 voices, and was last updated 5 days, 9 hours ago by Terri Warren.
March 15, 2023 at 11:39 am #80737
Hi, Terri –
From 2017 to May 2022, I’ve tested negative for HSV-2.
I had unprotected sex one night in November & the morning after. Two days later, a guy fingered me & accidentally ended up ramming his fingers into the side of my inner vulva. It hurt. The following morning, I had a stinging pain when I used the bathroom. I looked into a mirror and saw I had a small area of redness near my urethra. I noticed bumps and herpes came to mind. It healed up after a week & when I checked on it again, I noticed the bumps were just part of my anatomy. Fast forward 13 weeks after my encounter, I got tested & HSV-2 came back positive. After extensive research, a symptom of HSV-2 was redness and pain from urine touching open sores. At first I thought I had vulvar irritation from the guy who fingered me, but now I’m wondering if I was wrong and was experiencing a symptom. I never noticed any blisters or cuts though.
I’m aware this low index is either a recent infection or a false positive (85% chance?). I’m annoyed there was no confirmatory test done. I haven’t felt sick nor any flu-like symptoms. The only thing I’ve had between my past two tests is an MRSA infection. I retested yesterday (16 weeks) and am awaiting those results to see if there’s much of a change. I’m getting a Western Blot after if they’re positive again. My partner is also getting tested & said he’s experienced no symptoms.
I know it’s not a big deal if I’m positive & have accepted it at this point. MY QUESTION:
Does my description of the red patch in my vulva sound like a herpes symptom? It was only red at the top left corner near my urethra. Never saw any blisters/cuts. Didn’t feel itchy. It was only ever painful when my urine went over the area. Healed in a week or so. Haven’t noticed anything else down there since. I’m thinking it was either friction burn/just mild trauma from the fingering or herpes.
March 15, 2023 at 9:16 pm #80738
Please disregard my question. I think it’s a safe assumption that I possibly had a small fissure from the rough stimulation and I just couldn’t see it. I got blood drawn on the same day for both Quest Diagnostics (+ inhibition assay) and Labcorp (+ supplemental) to compare. I’m not very hopeful about being negative, but I’ll post my results when I receive them in case they help anyone with a similar index value.
March 16, 2023 at 12:59 pm #80780Terri WarrenKeymaster
Well? Was the result please?
March 17, 2023 at 12:12 pm #80795
I haven’t received my Quest Diagnostics results, but Labcorp came in as have my partner’s results.
My partner’s ~
HSV-2: Negative < .91
So I went from 1.29 at 13 weeks to 1.1 at 16 weeks. I think it’s safe to assume my Quest Diagnostics results will also be a low positive. I don’t feel the need to get a Western Blot anymore, but if I do decide to, I will come back to post those results here. Once my Quest results come in, I’ll return to post those too.
March 18, 2023 at 10:23 pm #80808
I guess my dr didn’t order the inhibition assay. I’m going to be getting a western blot after all and asking one other person I was with last year to get tested as well.
March 18, 2023 at 10:34 pm #80809
I didn’t even consider him possibly being the one to infect me since we got together over 6 months ago and I assumed if it was him, my index value would be over 3.5 by now. I’m not really sure how index values work though, so who knows. I’ll come to update when I can.
March 23, 2023 at 8:55 am #80841Terri WarrenKeymaster
Index values can remain low, even with an established infection. However, I have now 117 people who have positive IgG test and positive supplementals from LabCorp who are negative by western blot. I would strongly encourage you to do the blot.
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