May 30, 2021 at 6:17 pm #73752
Last year, I had 3 outbreaks, all seeming like HSV2 outbreaks. First one was after I had a new partner.
I went to my primary care doc. She said it was fungal.
After the 3rd, I got HSV testing at quest diagnostics.
HSV 2 came back positive at like 1.2, during an outbreak. They recommended retesting.
I got prescribed valtrex. I took for a while, then stopped. But no outbreak on or off them.
Last month at my annual exam, I asked for the HSV test, came back equivocal at 1.02.
Doc said it was likely I was exposed in the past, but unsure. Said I could keep or stop meds.
I have a constant feeling of skin crawling, whether I’m on the meds or not.
I don’t feel like my doc wants to discuss the options.
Any thoughts? I’m not sure if I should proceed with regular testing or…?
Thanks in advance.
May 31, 2021 at 2:26 pm #73772
It’s really difficult to say what is going on here since you’ve had symptoms that you seem to think pretty clearly are due to herpes. But your tests don’t really fit well with that. If you decide to do further testing, how long have you been taking the antiviral medicine and when did you start in relationship to your last sexual partner?
May 31, 2021 at 2:52 pm #73779
Hi – thanks for the response.
I first had intercourse with him last March. We are no longer together. First symptoms were in late March. I was tested the first time in September. That’s when I started the Valtrex. I have taken a few breaks from taking it. Second test was in April.
May 31, 2021 at 3:10 pm #73780
Oh, I may have read your first sentence wrong. I’m not convinced or sure. Just not sure what else it could be. I did have the fungal/yeast infection diagnosis by my primary care doc – but of course I’m concerned because it recurred.
June 1, 2021 at 9:57 am #73787
So you had between March and September to mount an immune response to HSV that would likely have resulted in a positive antibody test. But the test isn’t perfect and misses some infections.
Yeast infections can certainly recur and often do. The fact that it recurred does not mean it is necessarily herpes.
June 1, 2021 at 1:08 pm #73798
Do you think that the second one, which was this April (one year later) should have had the positive response, and not lower than the first one (September)?
June 2, 2021 at 7:30 am #73806
The fact that the index value was lower supports the idea that this could be a false positive result, definitely.
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