February 23, 2016 at 9:56 am #12154
The first time I got tested for HSV was about 6 months to 1 year after an unprotected sexual relationship with a long term partner ended in 2012. He was my first sex partner. The test was IGG and the results came back hsv 1 negative, hsv 2 equivocal/indeterminate. I don’t remember the exact value. I think it was either 1.1 or 1.9. My doc asked me if I had any symptoms, I told her no and she said not to worry about it. I only noticed extreme itching but no blisters or bumps only once during the entire 1 year relationship. Since she told me not to worry about it I never got tested again or did anything about it. I never noticed nay symptoms after that test.
In June 2015 I began a new relationship. My partner said he tested clean for everything and only has hsv type 1 or cold sores. After we had unprotected, slightly rough sex the first time (including oral sex) and a lot of genital rubbing about a few days to a week later I noticed intense itching all over my vagina, cracks in vagina, my discharge had tiny white clumps, and I had 2 bumps that REALLY itched close to my vaginal opening on the left side. The bumps eventually went away on their own. They didn’t turn into blisters, there was no pus or no scab, they were not fluid filled, no pain, they just went away and the itching stopped. My period also started at the same time. I also noticed a small cut on my lower back just above my butt crack.
Those two persons are the only sex partners I’ve ever had.
After having sex only once we had a disagreement and did not reunite until December 2015. We started having unprotected sex again. I had laser hair removal on my entire vagina about a week after we started having unprotected sex again. The day after the laser hair removal I noticed the same type of bumps came up again. This type they were on the opposite side (my right side) close to my vaginal opening. They itched intensely but no pus, no pain, no crusting, no fluid. They only itched. CONTINUED…
February 23, 2016 at 9:58 am #12155
They went away on their own but 2 more new ones came up again in the same area with the same symptoms but they took a longer time to go away and the itching was worse. When they were healing the bumps would go down leaving a pink patch like raw skin that was slightly tender when touched and then the pink patch would get smaller and heal and go away. I also had a small cut on my lower back again in the same spot as the first time.
I went to my gynaecologist, she looked at them and said it looked like hsv. She also said the colour of my discharge was off. I got test done for everything and she gave me antibiotics for yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis.
After taking the antibiotics I got a yeast infection and she gave me Canesten. I also had a cut in between my butt crack with itching in my butt but no bumps. I don’t know if this could be another herpes outbreak or due to the yeast infection.
I got back my test results and tested positive for BV and ureaplasma. My herpes test results were IGM positive (I think the value was in the 5 range, not sure). HSV type 1 negative and HSV type 2 positive (the value was 2.5). All other stds were negative. She told me I had herpes.
I would like to know:
If it is possible that my first partner gave me hsv but the igg test did not pick it up even though I got tested long after the relationship ended and I did not have any symptoms?
Could the equivocal result/ low value of the first test be a false positive?
If I could have had the herpes from my first sex partner and then the rough sex the first time with my second partner caused trauma and reactivated the herpes?
Or if my second partner could be the one who gave herpes to me and is lying about being negative?
Does getting the bumps a day after laser removal mean I definitely have herpes? because the laser reactivates the virus.
Could the cut in my butt crack and cut above my butt crack be as a result of herpes?
February 23, 2016 at 9:58 am #12156
Does the positive IGM and positive hsv2 (2.5 value ) results at the same time mean I definitely have herpes?
Could the hsv2 2.5 value be a false positive and I don’t have herpes regardless of the other symptoms and even though the igm is positive?
Could the igm results be positive because of another infection I had such as the yeast infection, BV, ureaplasma or anything else?
Should i get tested doing the western blot test and how do I arrange a phone interview with you to be apart of the research study?
February 24, 2016 at 8:11 am #12166
The HSV IgM test should be disregarded completely – it doesn’t represent the truth about anything. Are you saying that your HSV 2 at 2.5 is an IgG test? If yes, then you have a low positive index value (1.1 to 3.5) and need confirmation by western blot. And yes, you can be part of the study (look under “herpes” on our webpage for the information about the study). Given your symptoms, however, it is concerning for herpes symptoms. and given everything you’ve said, it isn’t going to be possible to know who infected you if you are positive. If you can’t believe the second person then you just can’t sort this out, I fear. The abnormal skin around the buttocks could also be herpes IF you are infected. and Yes, laser treatments can trigger outbreaks of herpes.
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July 8, 2016 at 9:54 pm #14241
I just had a proper look at my test results and the results I gave you before are wrong. The test was done 7 months after first time unprotected sex with symptoms after or 3 weeks after 2nd “outbreak”.
These are the correct test results:
herpes type 2 igm- positive- 2.50
herpes type 1 igg- negative- 0.48
herpes type 2 igg- negative- 0.10
The lab doctor also made a note on the test results that said:
“Review requested- a positive hsv2 igm result and a negative hsv2 igg result support a diagnosis.
Of primary hsv2 infection. Cross reactivity to hsv1 may occur. Clinical correlation is advised. Suggest repeat testing for hsv2 igg in 3 weeks.”
The same relationship/sexual history and symptoms that I previously told you applies.
I know that the Igm test is unreliable but I am still worried because of the symptoms I had that you said were herpetic. My doctor also said it was herpes. My 1st “outbreak” was in June 2015 and the 2nd one was in January 2016. I haven’t had any symptoms from then and it is now July 2016.
Does the negative egg test mean i don’t have hsv2 even with the symptoms I had?
Is there a possibility that the hsv2 IGG is a false positive since before you told me I had herpetic symptoms?
Do you think I should get another igg test to confirm?
Do you think I should still get the Western blot?
What could the outbreak be if not herpes?
- This reply was modified 7 years, 7 months ago by saywhatuwant.
July 13, 2016 at 7:37 am #14287
From these test results it looks like you do NOT have HSV 2, but I am completely confused about the timing of your testing in relationship to outbreaks. If you had it done 2-3 weeks after the first outbreak, then yes, it was done too soon and may not be accurate. It doesn’t matter how long after the first sexual encounter you do the test, the timing in your situation should be from when you had the first lesion OR from your last sexual encounter with this person.
July 13, 2016 at 8:18 am #14300
To clarify the timing, I had the test done 7 months after the first lesion. I got the first lesion after the first time I had unprotected sex with this person. If I do not have hsv2 then how comes I have herpetic symptoms? Could it be a false negative? Should i get another igg or would i get the same results?
July 17, 2016 at 1:57 pm #14334
If the test was done 7 months after the lesion first appeared, then with 95% certainty, you don’t have HSV 2 infection. I suspect another IgG would give you the same result, yes. But I would say that if you get the symptoms again, you should have them swab tested right away using PCR for the most accurate result.
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