November 5, 2020 at 4:49 pm #71662
Hi, 35 yr old female. In an 8yr relationship had some time we were split. Have a 16yr on and off relationship. Last 2 years we have been inmate twice no condom. I was shocked to Get back a positive hsv2.
IGG hsv1 50.90 and HSV2 4.93. One week later the numbers increased to hsv1 55.50 and hsv2 6.12. I have done western blot and am waiting for my results. My question is why did my number increase with no symptoms in one week? I was honestly Hoping for a lower number.
My next question, should I continue sex as normal with my current partner whom I have told about this situation. Continue as in no condoms and oral? Also should I take meds even if I am not sure I’ve ever had symptoms?
Lastly should I not share drinks with my children or kiss them. Obviously when I have an active cold sore I wouldn’t. But any other time ?
November 6, 2020 at 7:00 am #71673Terri WarrenKeymaster
It is normal for the index values to vary like this. This is nothing to worry about at all. The western blot will not give you a number, it will only be positive, negative, or indeterminate.
Have you had a cold sore on your lip in the past? If yes, that’s where your HSV 1 positive value is coming from.
Has your current partner been tested to know their status? If they know your status, and they don’t want to use condoms, I guess that’s their choice. They should know you could transmit virus to them even if you don’t have any symptoms. If your partner turns out to be negative, taking daily antiviral medicine would reduce the risk of transmission to them.
We don’t feel that transmission happens through sharing drinks, especially when no symptoms happen
November 10, 2020 at 2:27 pm #71730
Thank you for your response and all you do!
Another question, I know without a photo or swab it’s hard to say but.. a few weeks ago when I got my results I had a feeling of sensitivity and almost a Raw feeling on my gums. When looking in the mirror I noticed below my tooth that was inflamed it had maybe 4-5 little white almost circle spots on it. I just figured it was from the hsv1. And just waited for it to heal. I often get what I thought was cold sores in my mouth nothing that looked like what I was Experiencing. But after my diagnosis i started reading about the virus.
And is it true that you do not get cold sores inside your mouth from hsv1?
Also any idea what was going on with the white spots..?
Lastly what’s the percentage of transmission from hsv1 positive giving a male oral ?
November 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm #71741
Hi again just thought of something else, I believe I have one last post left ? My Dr prescribed me Valtrex once a day for seven days. I am uncertain why only seven days. I thought this was something you take daily ? Can you help me understand I have looked through all the questiones and everybody seems to take it differently. Thank you
November 11, 2020 at 7:09 am #71751Terri WarrenKeymaster
What happens in the mouth, most often, are canker sores, not cold sores. Very different creatures.
We don’t have statistics on the transmission of HSV 1 from the mouth to the genital or another person, sorry. We know it happens
If you want to reduce the risk of infecting your partner (if you know that they are negative), you should consider daily therapy, every day. The CDC recommends this treatment to reduce transmission and reduce the frequency of outbreaks. Daily therapy (500 mg of Valtrex once daily or 400 mg of acyclovir twice a day) reduces the risk of transmission by 48%. Before you venture into this, it might be helpful for your partner to be tested to see if you actually need to take daily medication.
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