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Thank you so much for responding so quickly! I still haven’t heard back from my doctor despite leaving a voicemail and 2 emails.
I will try and book an online appointment with you this week, because I clearly can’t count on my doctor helping me determine whether or not I’m truly positive for HSV2.
How long does it usually take to obtain results after the blood is sent? I read that you deliver the test results via email. Is that correct? And then any subsequent communication would be via email. Would I then be able to discuss with you (via email) how to best move forward if I do test positive?
Is 54 considered especially high for HSV1? (I don’t currently have a cold sore nor have I recently had one.) I have read that sometimes a positive HSV1 result can lead to a false positive for HSV2. Is that true?
Also – do you find it odd that this same lab provided me with a negative HSV1 test result last year despite the fact that it’s always been positive due to having cold sores since I was a child?
And if I am truly positive, do I only have to worry about spreading the virus via towels or things of that nature (i.e., non-sexual activity) when I have a break-out? I know that I can spread it sexually at any point and that I don’t necessarily have to have a break-out to transmit it sexually (i.e., via vaginal or oral sex). My concern is spreading it during non-sexual activity, because I don’t want to accidentally give it to family members. In essence, how is HSV2 able to be transmitted if I am not sexually active and don’t have a breakout? Can it be spread via saliva (i.e., could my niece catch HSV2 if they drank from my cup)? And can HSV1 also be spread without having a break-out/cold sore?
Sorry for asking so many questions, but my doctor is clearly if no help and this is something that is very upsetting and scary to navigate through alone.