January 14, 2023 at 12:38 pm #80089hc123Participant
I understand it is difficult to pin point timing of when an infection occurred but I was curious what your opinion is.
I looked back through all of my STD testing and have never been tested for HSV to my surprise. I do not recall ever getting cold sores as a child.
Recent history both include oral sex:
March 2022: guy 1
July 2022: guy 2
Nov-Dec 2022: guy 2
Guy 2 and I both had Covid around 12/23 although I was already recovered at that point. I started feeling like I had a vaginal cut around 12/29. On 12/31 I noticed an ulcer/bump that progressively got worse a couple of days later. A swab taken on 1/4 tested positive for HSV1. I had blood drawn on 1/10 with HSV1 iGg results at 1.08.
Guy 2 says he hasn’t had a cold sore in 30 years.
Is it possible that guy 1 gave this to me 9 months prior but my result was still only 1.08 or do you think the 1.08 result makes more sense from 3 weeks prior?
None of this changes anything and I don’t want to point the finger but I’m just curious. Guy 2 claims he has never tested positive but I honestly don’t think his STD screening ever included it just like mine hadn’t as that doesn’t make sense if he remembers getting cold sores as a child.
January 19, 2023 at 4:10 pm #80146Terri WarrenKeymaster
No, I don’t think you’d had it for nine months – I suspect it was a new infection. The timing and symptoms definitely suggest guy 2. Once a person has ever had a cold sore in their lifetime, they can shed virus for the rest of their life. It will happen less often without cold sores, but it happens. Thankfully, HSV 1 genital infection is usually quite benign, rarely recurs and rarely sheds, after the first year of having the infection.
January 19, 2023 at 6:25 pm #80154hc123Participant
I’ve been trying to understand all of this because it’s so upsetting. After guy 1, I had all over joint pain for a week or two but nothing else. I had just adjusted my HRT dosage down and then back up a couple of days earlier so I assumed maybe it was that as mild joint pain was a menopause symptom for me. But I then also had some sciatic issues I went to the chiropractor for over immediately after for the next couple of months. This now seems suspicious to me.
I guess I’ll never know who, even though it was no one’s fault but I’m struggling with it.
Are you thinking because the 1.08 number is so low? I was told by my dr that number is equivocal so not technically positive. Even though I know I have it due to positive swab.
Also, can it cause severe cold symptoms like bad sinus headache, stinging eyes, a lot of congestion and bad cough? I had that a few days before I felt the cut feeling. It was the strangest “cold” I ever had with severe congestion.
It’s just all very bizarre and I’m so upset I was never tested by my obgyn to even have a baseline.
January 19, 2023 at 7:32 pm #80166Terri WarrenKeymaster
Yes, I think that because of the equivocal IgG result. If you retest in 6 weeks, I’ll bet the index value will be greater than 5 but I could be wrong, of course.
It does not cause sinus headache, stinging eyes or congestion or cough.
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