March 31, 2023 at 11:17 pm #80993Johnson23Participant
Hi Terri, thank you so much for this platform. I appreciate all of your hard work.
I am a 26 year old male.
On Dec 28th, 2022 I spent a night with a female who is positive for genital HSV2 (at the time it was about a year since she tested positive). She informed me that she had one outbreak a year ago and has never had one since. I decided not to have sex with her.
Although we did not have sex we did kiss a couple times and I also fingered her, she did not have any active lesions that I could see or that she was aware of near her vagina or mouth.
On Dec 29th, 2022 I began to feel tingling and burning around my lips, this was constant for nearly 30 days before it stopped and then started again about a week later for aprox. another 10-15 days.
During the entire duration of tingling, I did not receive any cold sores, bumps, or anything of that nature.
On Feb 3, 2023 I received an IGG test which came back positive for HSV2 and negative for HSV1. Unfortunately in Canada they do not provide an index value.
On March 24, 2023 I took another IGG test which also came back positive for HSV2 and negative for HSV1.
For the last month or so, I haven’t had much tingling/burning around the lips. And if I do it is very brief (no more than an hour) And then it goes away. It has now been a little over 3 months and I still have not had any cold sores/bumps or any other symptoms besides the brief tingling.
Ultimately, my main struggle has been trying to understand how it was possible for me to contract this especially knowing how rare OHSV2 is and if maybe the IGG test were false positives. I am located in Canada, and was hoping there was a way to complete the western blot test.
As well as maybe if you had any insight on the situation at all that might explain how it could have happened, I’d love to hear what you think.
Thank you so much for taking the time to help me with this.
April 4, 2023 at 7:54 am #81024Terri WarrenKeymaster
If the HSV 2 is accurate, I don’t believe that you contracted it from this encounter – there wasn’t the right kind of contact for transmission. We do the western blot for many people in Canada, but you will need to identify a lab that would draw your blood for the test and you will need to purchase a shipping label that you would send to UW to get them to ship you the kit that you need for the test. You can call them at 206-685-6066 for further details.
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