January 15, 2016 at 5:49 pm #11453
I was diagnosed 3 months ago hsv2 via swab. I am with my current 2nd husband 14 years, 3 affairs. I also have 3 grown children over 20(natural birth). Wanting to blame someone recent, but also remembered an emergency encounter 30 years ago, got a copy of chart. I remembered because it was so painful, hard to walk, burn with urinating. I was tested and cultured back then for everything including syphyllis but NOT herpes. I presented with red blotches, several reddened areas with pus in center of them noted, also in inner thighs(by nurse). The doctor wrote Ulcers, smear from vaginal ulcer. Final diagnosis, perianal ulcers. Does not state the medication I was put on nor do I remember much after that. I have never had an outbreak. My current diagnosis was found 2 months after a normal pap, I had burn with urination, when examined he saw one lesion on the inside of me crusting and one lesion starting. Other than my current diagnosis, I have never had a symptom or outbreak.
Question 1. Do you think my 30 year ago encounter was my initial outbreak for HSV2?
Im puzzled and confused by everything, never mind on an emotional roller coaster.
January 15, 2016 at 10:20 pm #11457
I’m only guessing, right? Yes, I think the situation years ago sounds like your first herpes infection. Pretty clearly.
What kinds of issues is this raising for you at this point?
January 16, 2016 at 7:16 am #11464
From a clinical standpoint I think none, from an emotional standpoint, many. I’ve yet to fully disclose to my husband nor my past affair. I now think of the people I could of unknowingly infected. I’m full of shame and disgust.
I was recently diagnosed with folliculitis, without another swab, by view. I had it for weeks. So I suppose I need to understand the difference between that and herpes. Herpes can be red with pus in the center I’ve googled(my doctor told me to stay away from Google).The doctor that viewed me years ago used the word ulcers many times in my chart, but red spots were noted on my thighs too. I’m really having trouble grasping I’ve had it all these years without another incident, or so subtle I was unaware. To be honest I still wouldn’t know if I didn’t ask to be examined recently.
I’ve also asked for the blood test to confirm 2. I was denied by 3 different doctors stating the swab was all I needed for hsv2.
Your feedback would be appreciated
January 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm #11482
I would agree that you do not need an antibody blood test now that you have an HSV 2 positive swab test.
Ulcers have been charted in your chart? That suggests herpes. Sometimes it is hard to separate folliculitis from herpes, but if there no hair coming out of the center of a lesion, it likely is not folliculitis.
aaaaah I thought you meant your husband had three affairs. Now I can see why you are agonizing if you have not disclosed this information.
Rereading your first post, I would bet lots and lots of money that the thing 30 years ago was herpes.
January 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm #11505
Thank you for your rapid responses, very much appreciated..I have a different scenario for you I’d like to ask your opinion on please.
3 different outbreaks swabbed, 3 negative results. The third outbreak(always same area)was very fresh, less than 24 hours old when swabbed.
Based on observation only, Doctor ruled herpes despite all negative swabs. No bloodwork.(1989 Army)
Fast forward years later,(2014 and married a person who was upfront about their hsv2 positive status prior to their relationship start) requested lab work, no outbreak,had an IgG that confirmed HSV 2 with 5.00 result.
Was told after swabs 30 percent of cases will not test positive.
But 3 different negatives?
Your feedback as always appreciated.
I also wanted to comment I wanted to add my pic for you to view of my last outbreak of what the doctor viewed as folliculitis for your expert opinion, and couldn’t figure out how
January 19, 2016 at 6:53 am #11511
I’m really confused now because I thought you told me the swab test was positive? Are we talking about the same person or a different person?
If the person is HSV 2 positive at >5.0, then they are infected, regardless of swab test results. And yes, cultures can miss well over 30% of infections by swab test compared to the very sensitive PCR swab test.
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