November 9, 2022 at 9:03 am #79357
I am 40/yo women who was tested positive more than 15 years ago for herpes. I was never told what type it was. I very rarely ever had outbreaks. The last outbreak was over 3 years ago. Upon researching images, what I had never looked like the herpes photos I saw. My outbreaks consisted of just red and itchy in one spot. I do not recall what type of test was done back then. I recently started talking to someone. I have not had herpes on my mind in over 3 years and do not take medication. We had intercourse this pass week (only once without a condom). Herpes was not on my mind at all and I forgot about it after 3 years of not having anything. This is the first person I have dated in a very long time. The next morning, I woke up replaying in my mind the night before when I realized I did not mention having herpes, I immediately called him to inform him. I would feel horrible if I gave someone this. It is not in my nature to hide anything. Yesterday, I went and had the IgG blood test done and currently waiting results. I have lost sleep over this and so has he. He is very concerned (as he has every right to be) of contracting this STD. While we wait, is there any reassurance you can give us regarding the possiblity of him not getting this? He also wants to get tested, when would a good time frame be for that if you have no symptoms? I read another forum response that you mentioned the antibodies results detect from 4 months prior to taking the test. Is this correct?
Thank you so much. I am really glad I found your webpage.
November 9, 2022 at 11:06 am #79358
I just received my test results and I do not understand how to read them. It says:
HSV 1: 4.5 positive
HSV 2: >8.000 positive
How do I have both? I am losing my mind. Please tell me what these 2 numbers mean and if I should get the Western Blot test. I am going to plan a video call with you as well.
November 15, 2022 at 8:09 am #79411
How are you? Just following up as I haven’t heard anything back from original post on 11/9. Wasn’t sure if my questions got lost in the mix, lol. Hope to hear from you soon! Thank you.
November 25, 2022 at 6:29 pm #79495Terri WarrenKeymaster
You likely have both HSV 1 and HSV 2. I don’t believe that you need a western blot but we can certainly do one if you would like.
A single contact with this partner is highly unlikely to result in infection. However, if you plan on continuing this, and he is open to that, it would be good if you took daily antiviral medication (reduces transmission by 48%) and he used condoms (reduces transmission by 65%) for greatest protection.
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