June 14, 2019 at 6:42 am #38270
I am one of many who received false positives on my IGG tests. My tests ran by labcorp come back negative and my tests ran by quest diagnostics come back positive for HSV2. Never had an outbreak.
I took the Western Blot per your recommendation and it came back negative.
That was in 2016.
Well approx 3 weeks ago, I had unprotected oral and vaginal sex with someone who agreed to use condoms, & started out using them but he took it off without my knowledge so here I am.
I should note , I was late on my birth control (approx 2 weeks) so I took a plan B the next day. I’ve done this before and I experienced cramps and spotting for a little over a weeks afterwards (nothing that seemed out of the norm considering I was late and my body wanted to start its period after the huge hormonal dosage) . Since my tests come back different, I’ve stopped the IGG tests and don’t trust them.
Now its week three, the spotting just stopped and I had a tiny, VERY tiny itch. I simply assumed this was normal because of the extra discharge from my spotting. The itch went away but I have been experiencing an odd tingling or burning sensation around my vulva area. I have a little pain when I urinate as well (similar to a UTI not a cut ). There are no lesions, blisters, or cuts that I can see or feel and no “physical” pain from such; just this annoying neurological burning/tingling sensation. I almost think I feel it in my thigh but I’m not confident in that. This has been going on for five days now (today being the 5th day).I got tested for the basic STD panel, everything came back negative. I did an at home test for a UTI which was negative. NOW the anxiety sets in. I do not know the person’s status but he assured me not to worry (…yea…right).
Does this sound like prodrome symptoms to you for HSV2 ? Should I have had an outbreak by now or is this in my head? Should I abstain from protected sex right now?
June 14, 2019 at 8:17 am #38272
I also want to add that the sensation is more toward the clitóris area & the inner surrounding labia. It also doesn’t burn every time I urinate , just occasionally. I do get chronic BV and I got it after intercourse the days that followed (approx 2-4 days). I treated it with metrodizanole but did not finish the full 7 days treatment.
June 16, 2019 at 6:55 pm #38348
I still have no visible, lesions,cuts,abrasions etc. Small itch, no abnormal dishcharge /smell that I can tell. I’m now experiencing pelvic pain near my ovaries. The burning sensation remains but it’s not localized like I thought. I started yeast infection treatment but it seems like it’s not working but it’s only day one. I felt my crevix and while it’s probably useless to do so, it didn’t hurt or feel like there were lesions present. I have a pap scheduled in three days. Does this sound like herpetic cervicitis ?
June 18, 2019 at 3:41 am #38369
I stated that I had pain near my ovaries, but I’m unsure if it’s the groin or my lymph nodes. Also , I purchased more posts/questions:
So to put my questions in list form:
Does this sound like prodrome symptoms?
And with it being now 8-9 days of feeling this sensation , should I have experienced an outbreak by now?
Should I currently abstain from protected sex ?
Being that I have not had any lesions, does this sound like symptoms of herpetic cervicitis?
Since my Labcorp IGG tests have come back negative in the past , do you find it at all beneficial to test specifically through Labcorp to see if I get a positive result?
I have started to feel tingling in my fingers , and my thigh . Mind you I have checked myself over and over again.
In your opinion, do any of my symptoms indicate HSV 2?
Thanks in advance
June 18, 2019 at 11:19 am #38482
Forgive me, my tests by Labcorp are positive & my tests by Quest are negative. So please edit my question as “ do you think it’s beneficial to test specifically through Quest…”
June 20, 2019 at 7:49 am #38692
This sounds nothing at all like herpes to me. And it sounds like your contact was very limited. I see no reason to abstain from intercourse at this time. And remember, if you test again with IgG it is possible that you will have another low positive that is a false positive. I’m not clear that at this point you should do any further testing with these very minor symptoms but your call. I obviously cannot promise you there is nothing going on here – it just doesn’t sound like it to me
June 20, 2019 at 2:43 pm #38714
Okay. Thank you.
To update you, my OBGYN only found yeast and is treating me for that with 1 dose of Flucanazole every 3 days for 6 days (2 doses) . We both think my vagina is swollen and rubbing against my labia causing me to feel something that’s not there. She said my cervix was red and inflammed but my pap wasn’t painful and there were no lesions etc. The pelvic pain isn’t as prevalent anymore but we’ll see how I feel at the end of treatment. I may or may not have additional questions regarding my symptoms later.
My next and current question is moreso seeking life advice. For whatever reason, I have been obsessed with the idea of contracting herpes since before I even started having sex. I don’t know where this almost phobia has started. After becoming someone with false positive results and realizing that IGG tests will never be reliable for me. I question my thoughts moving forward.
Since my western blot , I typically ask people to get tested if we plan to have unprotected sex but I have always felt awkward telling them to specifically ask for herpes IGG tests so I don’t. Then I tell myself that if they come back positive, they could very well be false positives like mine and I don’t want to ruin someone’s else’s peace if they’ve never had any worries or symptoms. I guess where I’m getting at is, should I just live my life (and by that I mean have protected sex, continue to get mutual standard panel STD tests for unprotected sex) and just leave the idea of herpes alone until I or my sex partner possibly have a visual outbreak.
I ask this because I can’t just get western blots every year and I can’t ask others too either. I also know you’re retired and you won’t always run this amazing forum for my peace of mind.
I’m really trying to find peace in just leaving this idea of contracting herpes alone because despite knowing that it’s not the end of the world, I act like it’s the end of the world.
June 24, 2019 at 9:38 am #38971
So if I was single (and I have HSV 1 orally) and was worried about contracting HSV as you are, I would ask people specifically to get an IgG test for HSV 2. It picks up 92% of HSV 2 infections and is pretty darn good. It’s your vagina and your life and I think you can ask whatever you want to ask for your own peace of mind. And they have the right to say no and if they do, move on. I don’t think you should feel badly for asking for this to happen. And the rest of the STI’s as well. I would NEVER have sex with someone who had not undergone testing, honestly. Condoms are terrific for reducing STI risk but they break sometimes or come off and that’s just me. I thankfully don’t have to worry about that any more but when I did, many years ago, I did ask people to be tested.
I’ll be around for a long time so no worries about seeking my advice. I can do this on the road as we travel around so it’s a perfect situation for me.
The other alternative here would be to work on your fear of herpes so the IgG would be adequate for you – sort of a combination of things? What do you think?
July 10, 2019 at 5:49 pm #42559
So since my previous symptoms, I realized I also changed detergents around the same time everything was occurring. Once I stopped using the detergent and wore cotton underwear my tingly & burning disappeared along with the pelvic pain. Shortly after that ended, I got a “bug bite” on my lip. I refer to it as a bug bite because I never had any tingling or burning prior, I went to get prof. pics done outdoors for an hour & came home with a mosquito- like bump on my lip. I’ve never had any breakouts on my lips so I thought it might be my first cold sore. I purposely did nothing to prevent it getting bigger cuz I wanted to see what it would do. It went down that same day and was gone by the next. A few days later I also got one large boil on my labia majora that I and a nurse at urgent care suspected was an infected hair follicle. It was tender when touched but no burning or itching accompanied it. The only pain was when I would sit or walk. It did start out small like an ingrown hair and I didn’t do any favors plucking at it. It has bursted, I’m on antibiotics and it was the only area affected. Safe to say my suspicions about this large boil are correct and this isn’t HSV correct ? The “bug bite” on my lip ?
When saying that I should work on my fear so that HSV 2 IGG is adequate for me, you’re referring to the results of other people, correct?
When asking someone to get IGG tested for HSV, how do you think I should approach it if they ask me to do the same? Since I get false positives, I’d have to give the whole talk educating them about it.
I try to stay away from the IGG tests for my mental health because I dont want my test results to cause me to overthink again. I’ve thought about getting another IGG test at Quest since they’ve always came back negative ( my Labcorp tests are always positive) but as you indicated in your above responses, I might get a low positive there now as well which scares me as well. My HSV1 tests are always neg.
July 11, 2019 at 7:40 am #43439
I am referring to your own positive IgG and negative western blot. There is nothing wrong with having a 5 minute talk with someone about your situation with the IgG and that you went the extra miles to obtain a western blot. Without very clear symptoms of herpes, I would also encourage you to avoid the IgG testing. Or you could do it and try to believe that anything below 3.5 is almost certainly a false positive. And try to spend your energy on topics other than herpes.
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