I will have results back from the IGG test and the swab next week and I guess that should help clarify things. Until then it’s just a waiting game?
Should I go on Valtrex?
What’s suggested topically to place on redness/breakout/discomfort areas of the skin?
There is no suggested topical medicine in your situation because we have no idea what it is so don’t know what to apply
Should I go to an urgent care every time something pops up? or wait to schedule with health clinic or PCP?
Do you think you might be a little bit too reactive about any redness or abnormality on your skin? The things that you suggest really don’t sound like herpes to me.
Can I send pictures to you?
Also the right side of my penis hurts like internally maybe and I do often get the feeling as if something is happening or a possible outbreak may happen so it doesn’t help with trying to not think about it for awhile.
I wonder if you are paying a bit more attention than you need to for any sensations in your penis area? If you didn’t know she had herpes, would these sensations worry you?
1.) If I do have HSV2 how do I know if I’m potentially at higher risk due to lingering symptoms of an outbreak or not. Just for the future I would want to be as safe as possible with a partner to not transmit it to them.
I think you should redo the IgG test 6 weeks out and if negative, repeat in 12 weeks out from the encounter with the woman who told you that she has genital herpes.
2.) I went to labcorp for my first blood test and for the second one with the swab from my PCP it looks like they’re using quest diagnostics. Are these the same? Is a .91 considered negative or equivocal? What’s the gold standard for all testing considered to be equivocal because I feel like it changes often with different test.
<.091 is negative. 0.91 exactly is equivocal. both labs use that same standard 3.) Why is it suggested that so many folks take the western blot with equivocal IGG if only one has ever come back positive in your years of practice. I noticed you mentioned this on another persons thread. Sorry I been frantically doing research all month and scanning through other peoples post. People with equivocal results do the western blot just to be certain - they are uncomfortable with a test that isn't a clear negative or positive. The chances of you getting genital herpes from a single unprotected intercourse are really very low. You have no idea if she has HSV 1 or HSV 2, apparently, and since it is has been a long time since she's had an outbreak, it may well be HSV 1 which you already have. And if it is HSV 2, she is likely not shedding terribly often either since her outbreaks are very far apart. I certainly hope you aren't still with this person as your worries and fears would be hard for her. Some people can handle a relationship with someone who has herpes, others just can't. It's not a judgement - just a fact. Terri