June 18, 2021 at 10:25 am #73941HelloParticipant
Hello! Some backstory.
My boyfriend and I were in a monogamous relationship for a few years before we broke up last summer. I had unprotected sex with 2 different individuals during this time. After the summer my boyfriend and I got back together, had sex once and then remained celibate for awhile. I decided in December of 2020 to get screened for all stds (about 3 months after my exposure to these two strangers) everything came back negative so I figured I was in the clear. My boyfriend and I had sex for the first time in 7 months the last week of April, and once during the first week of May. The beginning of June he had some sores on his penis and went to get blood drawn. A week later (06.09) he tested positive for herpes 1 and 2. I thought for sure I had it, so to be safe I went and got tested myself that same day. Yesterday my lab work came back and I’m negative for everything!
Basically what I’m asking is, I got 2 negative results. Is there anyway I could be a silent carrier of herpes, with no antibodies in my blood but still have a “viral load” making me infectious? I know for certain he didn’t sleep with anyone during this last year. Could the herpes virus also have been dormant in him for a long time?
It just seems suspicious that we weren’t sexual for over 8 months, and 4 weeks later he is experiencing herpes symptoms and is confirmed positive. I feel like I gave it to him but it’s hard to know when my results are negative.
Please let me know any possibilities you think this could be.
June 21, 2021 at 9:55 am #73967Terri WarrenKeymaster
So you gave a number (6.09) but I don’t know what that number represents. Could you have had a combined HSV 1 and 2 antibody test? That’s bad if you did, it can’t sort out if you have HSV 1 or HSV 2, if you had a combined test. Have you ever in your life had a cold sore on your lip? Have you given him oral sex? Has he ever had cold sores on his lip?
If you had indeed been infected back in 2020, I think you would be positive now.
Did he have any swab testing done from the sores on his penis? That’s what should have been done.
July 1, 2021 at 7:26 am #74101HelloParticipant
06.09 was the date he got tested. June 9th. No I’ve never had any outbreak on my mouth or genital area. I was tested once via blood test in December for both hsv1 and hsv2 (my igg levels were .09 for both, a low negative) and I tested again in June after I found out he tested positive because he had sores. My results again came back negative again for both hsv1 and hsv2. I don’t think they combined the test because my hsv2 test took longer to get the results from. This was also a blood test. This makes me think that I didn’t infect him, because even a dormant virus is still infectious with the viral load (if I’m understanding how this works correctly) and if you have a viral load you will test positive.
Is it likely I have 2 false negative tests and I have it with no symptoms ?
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July 8, 2021 at 4:14 pm #74142Terri WarrenKeymaster
I think it is more likely that you are not infected. However, the IgG test misses 30% of HSV 1 and 8% of HSV 2 compared to the western blot so we can’t be 100% certain about this.
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