January 14, 2022 at 3:56 pm #76208anon9318Participant
Sorry in advance to anyone on the forum if my questions or comments sound ignorant. This is new to me and I am trying to learn and also overcome the stigma. I’ve only just started doing research, but I’m glad I found this forum with personal help from an expert. Things online are contradictory and unreliable.
Let me explain my scenario a bit more.
I just found out I was HSV2 positive. I’ve been with my fiance almost three years now neither of us have ever had – or at least noticed – an outbreak. He didn’t know he had it, that’s beside the point but I am 100% he gave it to me because I still have the negative test result from the month we started dating (and I hadn’t had any sexual partners in over 3 months at that point).
I have now taken two tests that both came back with my HSV2 at 3.34. From my research, that’s still considered a “low positive.” He just went and got tested again and his results for HSV2 were at an 8. He swears he was negative when he was last tested but it must have been too soon after exposure or whatever (Who knows, I won’t press him on that issue). The fact is we are both considered positive but I am a “low” positive.
What is the applicable correlation of me being low+ and him being high, as in, should I protect myself from further “exposure” to his virus? Is my iGg low enough to still be a false positive? Does the fact that he’s higher mean it’s worse?
He says he’s never had an outbreak, I’ve never noticed any suspicious sores on him either, but neither of us were looking for that sort of thing. Can his IGg be that high and he still be asymptomatic? I read something about shedding that seems like even if we don’t see sores there could be exposure.
From what I’ve read, you can’t reinfect yourself, and a seroconcordant couple cannot reinfect each other. Can I trust that we are seroconcordant since I know I got it from him? and is it worth it for either or both of go on antiviral
January 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm #76250Terri WarrenKeymaster
If I were you, I would consider doing a confirmatory test, unless you’ve had symptoms of genital herpes. We like to confirm anyone who tests with an index value below 3.5
If one is infected, one can shed virus during an outbreak and between outbreaks.
If you are going to be together for the long run, you may choose not to do a confirmatory test like the herpes western blot, however.
If you are both indeed infected, then I see no reason to change your sexual practices or be more careful about anything here.
Since neither of you has symptoms, I don’t see a reason to use antiviral therapy at this point. If you do decide to confirm your status with a western blot and you are negative, he could take antiviral therapy to reduce the risk of infection to you.
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