July 16, 2021 at 8:21 pm #74265
I have been with 2 people in 2 years. Last encounter was with an ex in October 2020. One night, no protection. Before him that night, I was in a relationship for 4 months. Asked the questions, got the “I’m clean” answer. We slept together many times over the course of 3 of the 4 months – all unprotected. I have never had a cold sore. On June 27 I found a blister on my labia – it literally popped up that day. No pain. I didn’t even realize it was there until I changed undress and brushed it and it itched for half a second. I thought it was an ingrown hair. Next day, I went to the clinic and the clinician said that “it looks like herpes but isn’t acting like it”. She swabbed it and it came back positive. I have been spiraling downward since. I then took a blood test, HSV Type Specific Immunoblot – all it says is – positive for both HSV1/2. There are no values to show antibody levels so I can’t tell how recent this infection is. I literally have zero symptoms apart from the ONE blister that went away almost the day it was swabbed. I realize now my dating life is over and I will never trust a man again. I will be alone for the rest of my life and I’m now ready to just leave the world but I would at least like to know if I was infected very recently and what test I should take now to get that information. Thank you.
July 20, 2021 at 11:21 am #74272
I just received my second blood test and this time I was given a value:
From what I understand, this indicates a new infection but why is the HSV-1 so much higher? Also, my last possible exposure was October 5, 2020 and prior to that, August – September 2020. There was a solid year of zero sexual contact prior to August 2020.
Does this mean a 100% positive for both infections??
July 22, 2021 at 2:55 pm #74294Terri WarrenKeymaster
You cannot know when you were infected, based on these numbers. It could have been a year ago, it could have been five years ago, we just cannot know with these numbers. But if your last sexual contact was in 2020, clearly this is not a new infection.
In my experience, the HSV 1 index value is always higher than the HSV 2 index value but I couldn’t tell you why, it’s something about the test, I’m sure.
Do you know if the genital lesion tested positive for HSV 1 or HSV 2?
your index value for HSV 2 is just over the cutoff for a low positive need confirmation to know if this is a real positive. But since you’ve had a genital lesion, it is likely a real positive. But your swab test should have been typed – was it?
Of those who test positive for HSV 2 by blood antibody test, 85% are unaware of their infection so you might want to not be too quick to condemn all men. Many people live full and happy lives with HSV 2 infection, and have active sex lives. I suggest you visit herpesopportunity.com to learn more.
July 22, 2021 at 4:43 pm #74312
But if your last sexual contact was in 2020, clearly this is not a new infection. – why do you say this? What about these numbers tell you this is an old infection?
I have an outstanding immune system and am never sick. If this is an old infection, does that mean shedding is dramatically reduced? And does it also mean that the soldiers of my immune system are so strong that that’s why the numbers are so low?
The typing for the swab is HSV2 – I am in complete denial about all of this and will take this secret to my grave but is there ANY chance the swab could be wrong? I’ve never had a single symptom of this and the one blister that popped up for 2 days is the ONLY occurrence of this. Do I need to be put on medication?
July 23, 2021 at 4:51 am #74321Terri WarrenKeymaster
If the swab test is positive for HSV 2, combined with your index value, you have HSV 2 infection. If you have not had sex since 2020, then this is a recurrence, and your first recognized outbreak, but it could not be a new infection. Or am I missing something in your post?
The numbers on the index value are not important unless they are below 3.5, but even then, if you’ve had a positive swab test, they really aren’t important and have no meaning in terms of your immune system response.
I know this is clearly a shock to you, but you’ve had this since at least 2020 and this is your first outbreak that you’ve recognized, so physically, this is likely not to be a big issue for you. Emotionally it will be more challenging but this too can improve greatly. I would suggest you visit a website called Herpes Opportunity and see what you think.
This is not, however, death. I have patients who have died terrible deaths of breast cancer and ovarian cancer and cervical cancer. This is a viral infection that can be recurrent and transmitted to others. It is clearly NOT death. It is upsetting to me to see this title and this interpretation of a herpes infection.
- This reply was modified 1 week ago by Terri Warren.
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