July 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm #8248
Hello, I have just recently been diagnosed with HSV2.
Last Saturday on July 11th I felt a sort of bug bite feeling on my inner thigh area/before my buttock, which then turned into 4 small blisters.
On Monday morning, July 13th I went into my GYN and she cultured me for several things, Herpes, Shingles and Staph, I also started medications on this day with an antibiotic and also an anti viral.
Today, July 20th I was told my culture came back positive for HSV2, negative HSV1; she never showed me results for VZV.
This is my first occurrence of a breakout, what can I expect in terms of future outbreaks?
My new partner had recently had IGg blood work completed in early June for HSV1 and 2, his ranges were under the threshold of being considered positive. At this time, I do not know his last sexual encounter prior to me.
My new partner has a few questions:
1- Does he need to be treated? He does not have a breakout.
2- Is my whole body infectious or just where the breakout is?
3- Is there a way to determine who I contracted this from? Prior to my new partner, my last sexual partner ended in February 2014, my new partner and I became intimate June 23rd.
4- Is there a topical ointment treatment that is available for me? If so can my Herpes be suppressed and not contagious?
Am I contagious all the time?
5-How can I protect him if he is not infected?
Thank you for your help.
July 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm #8249
If you had an outbreak on your thigh, it is more likely to be a recurrence than a new infection, particularly if your partner tests negative for HSV 2. Did you have an antibody test done as well? If not, and you want to know if it is new or old infection, you might want to do that.
Your partner does not need to be treated, but it might be worth testing him again – IgG only.
Your genital area is infectious – the areas including vagina, labia, perineum and anus. You can have recurrences anywhere from waist to mid thigh, but those thick skin areas are not contagious unless you have an actual outbreak. But the thinner skin and mucous membrane of the vagina can be contagious at times when there are no lesions to see.
If your antibody test is positive and it is less than 2 weeks since this outbreak (please tell me when this showed up), then you were infected a while ago and you cannot know from whom.
If you use condoms and you take daily suppressive therapy, you can keep his risk low of acquiring herpes.
July 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm #8253
His last sexual encounter before me was March 2015.
My breakout is close to the outside of my labia but not on the labia, so between the labia and buttock. close to genitals but not right on there.
Is my genital area always infectious now for oral and intercourse or only when I am having a breakout like I am having now?
I did not get a blood test, are you suggesting that by doing so this week, it will tell me if this is a new occurrence or a reoccuance? I am currently within a 2 week time period of this breakout since the bug bite feeling was on July 11th.
If he uses condoms and I am on a daily suppressant, what are his chances of getting this?
Thank you for your help with these questions.
July 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm #8255
Well, he should be tested for sure. It is possible that when he took the test it was too soon after becoming infected for it to show up in his blood test or he could be truly negative.
If it is on the labia, then it is more likely to be first infection.
YES, if you want to know if this is new or old infection, get an IgG antibody test now. If you wait, it may well be inaccurate. You have little time with that testing. You can order your own test online at many different websites and the testing in accurate. This does not require a doctor’s order.
You could be infectious at times other than when you have an outbreak, yes, but you cannot know when those times might be.
If you are taking daily medicine, he uses condoms, you avoid sex during outbreaks, and have sex an average of twice per week, there is a 1-2% chance of him acquiring your infection, if he is not yet infected. More sex, more risk.
July 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm #8260
Can we continue to have oral sex without him getting infected there?
As time/years pass, am I less infectious if I am not having frequent breakouts?
Can having herpes breakout affect my periods if I breakout during a period? I ask this because my period this month was very strange and off par.
I always bleed heavy for the first few days of my period, and this one I only bled 2 heavy days and now on my third day and I feel like my period is done.
This is so off for me, I always have a full 6 to 7 day period.
July 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm #8262
Oral sex – you giving or him giving?
Yes, as time passes, on average, people have fewer recurrences and less shedding of virus.
No, I don’t think herpes would cause a change in your period. Any chance you are pregnant? might be worth testing.
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