June 30, 2021 at 8:08 pm #74096
(Female) About 3 years ago I had ulcers which the gyno visually said they were 99% sure it was GHSV.
They swabbed the ulcers and the swab came back negative for HSV1 and HSV2.
Now, 3 years later, I took an IgM and an IgG blood test and both came back negative.
I have not had a second “outbreak” since that one 3 years ago.
Doctors are now saying since the blood tests came back negative, that I don’t have GHSV and to move on.
Thoughts on whether I should be disclosing this to potential partners?
Have you heard of someone having ulcers 1X that mimicked GHSV (flu-like symptoms before and then vaginal ulcers) but swabs and blood tests come back negative?
July 8, 2021 at 4:08 pm #74138
Yes, I have heard of that and sometimes that is genital HSV 1 which rarely recurs. The IgG test misses 30% of HSV 1 infections compared to the gold standard western blot.
Or this could definitely be a missed diagnosis. Staph and strep also can cause genital ulcerations.
July 11, 2021 at 6:12 am #74184
Thank you for the response!
In your experience, have you heard of many cases of female GHSV1 being transmitted to a negative male partner via unprotected intercourse?
I am assuming condoms add more protection?
July 15, 2021 at 5:19 am #74213
I am not aware of any cases in my practice of HSV 1 genital infection being transmitted via intercourse but that has been documented in the professional literature. Condoms definitely add more protection as does daily antiviral medicine.
If you were my patient, I would advise the western blot for you
July 16, 2021 at 5:53 am #74251
Thank you for your time!
For my last post:
I am doing the WB (thank you for your help).
I have had almost daily nerve pain and painful orgasms since the week after my first outbreak 2 years ago.
I have had CT scans and been tested for other STIs multiple times and everything comes back negative.
Have you heard of frequent nerve pain or painful orgasms since someone’s diagnosis?
Also, when I did take Valtrex for the first few weeks after my outbreak, it caused my skin on my face to turn red and peel…is this common and are there any other alternatives?
Thank you so much for what you do. Every doctor I talk to brushes me off. I appreciate your dedication and time.
July 16, 2021 at 6:28 am #74258
I have never heard of painful orgasms due to herpes, no, never. I have heard people say they have nerve pain with genital herpes, yes. I’ve also not heard of the side effect of skin getting red and peeling with Valtrex.
It’s wise that you are getting the blot, I think
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