January 1, 2021 at 1:11 pm #72198confused222Participant
I appreciate ur forum & apologize 4 long description. My ex boyfriend has ghsv1,we were always careful having sex until the last time we slept together 3 months ago,he took the condom off in the middle of sex,I wonder if he did it on purpose bc we were breaking up.5 weeks later I got a UTI,no pain or burning,just frequent low-volume urination.I was put on antibiotics for 5 days, on the 3rd or 4th day I noticed 2 red splotches on my vaginal opening,nothing ever blistered or ulcered.This was just before my period. I told my gyno what was going on and my blood test came back hsv1+ & hsv2-. No swab was taken because my sores were gone. She said there was no way to tell if I had the virus orally or genitally. She told me to stop stressing & didn’t recommend suppressive therapy but gave me a prescription in case anything else showed up. Fast forward to my next period, when I experienced the same UTI symptoms, noticed a few changes in my vagina and this time & a small white blister appeared I took one 500 mg valacyclovir, an hour later it was gone. Fast forward to my next period, same UTI symptom but milder. I got nervous and took another pill, this time no visible discrepancies in the skin. If it is ghsv1, my symptoms were so mild I’m not really worried about it, my only concern is the fact that I have a new partner. We use condoms because I’m not sure what’s really going on with my body right now. I see a future in this relationship so I’m starting to think I may need to tell him before we have unprotected sex. My questions for you are,
1. Should I assume my hsv1 is genital?
2. Could my UTI be a prodome symptom? Or am I giving myself anxiety for no reason
3. I do not want to pass any type of hsv1 to my new partner, should I take suppressive therapy?
I am willing to do but but I would rather avoid taking antivirals, do you have any knowledge of the alkaline diet? and how can I communicate this to my partner without scaring him
January 7, 2021 at 11:06 am #72235Terri WarrenKeymaster
First of all, genital HSV 1 is rarely shed, and a single episode of unprotected sex is extremely unlikely to cause you to be infected. Really really unlikely.
You should check the blood test and see if it is an IgG test and tell me what the number is (the index value). You could have been infected as a child and never had a cold sore (have you ever had a cold sore?). I definitely don’t think you should assume that you have a genital HSV 1 infection.
Since you are getting UTI symptoms pretty often before your period, I think it is really unlikely that this is HSV 1 but the best way to know is to get any abnormal skin presentations swab tested immediately when you see them.
Has your current partner had an HSV antibody test done? Since half the population has HSV 1, there is a good chance he too is infected with HSV 1. I don’t know why you don’t want to take antiviral medicine, but no alkaline diet is going to do anything about herpes, that I do know.
I think you could tell your current partner that you have the cold sore virus, but that you have never had a cold sore or anything genitally.
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