May 30, 2021 at 11:05 pm #73753
Hi Terri, I was recently diagnosed with HSV2 by a pcr test.
I noticed two raises in my skin on the shaft of my penis about a week after having unprotected sex with my girlfriend for the first time, which had a clear head. I then popped them and they disappeared and a few small pimple looking things came up, which was suspected to be herpes. These blisters burst and my skin went back to normal. No sores, no ulcers, no pain.
She has never showed any symptoms of herpes, but has said she has felt pain and itching in her vagina before.
We both decided to get a igg blood test which came up as negative for both of us, HSV1 and HSV2 which was extremely confusing.
My swab test results also stated that it was an acute infection, and one of the doctors said it has to be from her as my blood test was negative and my swab was positive, but she also showed negative on the blood test, and we havent had any other sexual partners within the last 6 months.
We would like to start having sex again but I am worried that I will pass it onto her if I didnt actually contract it from her.
So my question is, did I contract herpes from her? Because if I did then we are both okay to have sex again. Thank you.
May 31, 2021 at 2:30 pm #73773
When you say that you were diagnosed via a PCR test, I am assuming this was a swab test of the abnormal area on your penis? And the blood test was IgG, not IgM?
The IgG test misses 30% of HSV 1 infections and 8% of HSV 2 infections, compared to the gold standard western blot.
Your positive PCR results don’t tell you acute infection from recurrent infection – they can only tell you that there is virus present on the skin at the time they took the swab test.
A false positive PCR is unusual but not impossible. If neither of you have had sex in the past six months with anyone else, then it is most likely that they IgG test missed an infection in her and you may have tested too soon after a new infection to have it show up on the antibody test yet. How long between the lesion developing and the IgG test?
May 31, 2021 at 2:50 pm #73775
Yes the pcr was a swab on a lesion. About a week after the lesions I got the igg test. Tested negative and was determined as an acute infection. But just unsure as she’s never had sores and didn’t know if it could be passed on even if the igg test doesn’t detect antibodies in her blood.
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 1 day ago by bigtrain32.
June 1, 2021 at 9:53 am #73785
So no typing was done of the swab test? Type 1 or 2? how recently was this done? If very recent you could ask for typing to be done now and see if they can do it. It makes a big difference if this is HSV 1 or 2. The only answer may be to wait about 6 weeks and you do an IgG test again to see which one you are positive for.
I think by acute infection you mean new infection.
If your IgG is still negative at 6 weeks out, this may not be a new infection.
It is possible for her to transmit virus to you without her being positive on the antibody test, correct. Has she ever had a cold sore on her lip?
June 1, 2021 at 2:02 pm #73801
Swab test was done about 5 weeks ago and was positive for hsv2. I haven’t really had an outbreak since the initial one but I still get tingles in the area, almost like bugs crawling under my skin.
And no she hasn’t had a cold sore on her lip, her ex boyfriend did have cold sores though.
She’s mentioned itching and soreness not long prior before we had sex, but no sores or anything like that.
June 2, 2021 at 7:36 am #73808
OK, that’s clearer. So you have HSV 2. So either she has HSV 2 and the IgG test missed it (was it an IgG?) or this is a recurrence for you and the test missed it. Or one of you had sex with someone else too close to the timing of the IgG test. Since you know this is HSV 2, you could retest in a week or so and see what happens.
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