Just an update for others as the status is clearer.
The Western Blot at 17 weeks post high risk exposure (4 months 1 week) was the same as the IGG test.
HSV1 Positive (However have had cold sores for 30 plus years)
In and of itself this is great news.
I still have symptoms – tingling or actual pain on legs about 5 out of 7 days for a part of the day and occasional redness and bumps (but not “sores” or ‘open watery blisters’). When I get these bumps the penis and scrotum gets very warm and slightly burns.
Never had anything close to these symptoms prior to the high risk encounter.
When I get a PCR swab type specific test for the “bumps” it is negative for HSV1/HSV2/Shingles (they test for that via PCR).
So I would say I am happy that at 17 weeks I am HSV2 negative and have yet to have a “classic” outbreak.
I trust the Western Blot but am I one of the <1% who take longer then 4 months to show HSV2 antibodies (in those 17 weeks had antivirals for only about 12 of those days and not until 2 months post exposure); do not get sick and Blood work does not show I am at all immunocompromised ? Am I one of the rarer individuals to be infected with HSV1 genitally from a different person when I already had it orally for years and my immune system controlled it pretty well?
I will keep this open to let you know of any future test plans given those last 2 contingencies and the presence of bumps and a rash. I do appreciate Terri’s assistance with the WB and this forum. There is still such a gap in the HSV knowledge among doctors even in the Infectious Disease Department- all you have to say is “80% of HSV2 don’t know they have it” and that tunes out the medical community as a whole compared to HIV.