April 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm #6295anxiousfoolParticipant
Here is my situation:
I am married for the last two and a half years. Incredibly foolishly I received unprotected oral sex from another woman 20 days ago. It was a huge mistake, but I won’t go into the why’s and how’s. I lived a fairly wild youth, and had numerous sexual partners. Around 12 years ago I settled down. I have had two partners in that whole time. Both of whom I am fairly certain were faithful.
12 days after the unprotected oral encounter (I was the recipient), I went and got a full panel STD test. I wanted to move on from my mistake and do so with a clean bill of health, and not run the risk of passing something on to my wife. I had not had any symptoms to prompt this, and since the encounter my wife and I have not had any sexual contact due to her health condition (I won’t go into details but it is not STD related).
My result came back negative for HSV1 but with a count of 1.94 for HSV2. I immediately informed my wife (about the result not the indiscretion) and we had her tested. Her results came back negative for both.
I have done hours of research online and am no closer to having peace of mind. The last 20 days have turned me into a complete nervous wreck. Some might say i deserve it, but I am trying to forgive myself and move on without losing my relationship. We have a child.
The test I got was a herpeselect igg test through Quest. I should also mention that I have been taking growth hormone precursors (peptides and ghrelin antagonists) for anti-aging and sports recovery purposes. it is hard to find and specific information about these affecting results.
In your professional estimation what is the likelihood that this is an infection acquired from receiving unprotected oral 12 days prior to the test? I am now 20 days out from the encounter and am yet to experience any symptoms. I plan to redo the test in two and a half months to see where my antibody count is and see if I can get a more definitive result. I have had multiple sensations of itching and tingling in the genital region, and just today some dry skin and slight discomfort around the crease line of my leg/crotch. I understand that these are probably more psychosomatic than anything, especially as my anxiety has reach about 95/100.
Thank you for your time.
April 23, 2015 at 3:09 am #6296Terri WarrenKeymaster
There is a good chance (probably a 55% chance) that this is a false positive. Or it is possible that you are newly infected. Or it is possible that you have had this for a long time. My recommendation is that you retest using the screening test that you did this time, in about 3 months from now. If the value that you receive is below 3.5 then I think you need a western blot to confirm what your real status is. Our clinic can help you order that.
I suspect that you will have many genital sensations as you await the result. But if you get any blistering or sores, please so immediately and have them swab tested for herpes.
It is extremely unlikely that you would acquire HSV 2 from receiving oral sex, by the way, if that is all there was. My money would be on false positive or old infection.
April 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm #6304anxiousfoolParticipant
I appreciate your response. Yes, receptive oral sex is all that occurred during the encounter. Is the absence of symptoms at 20 days post encounter a good sign? I heard this is the outside window for primary infection symptoms, although in rare cases it can occur later. Is this correct?
April 24, 2015 at 10:30 pm #6318Terri WarrenKeymaster
It is a good sign, but no definitive because not everyone gets symptoms when they get infected.
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