So my first question is this:
With having GHSV1 for close to 17 years and being mostly asymptomatic (to my knowledge unless I had outbreaks so minor they weren’t noticeable to me) I would assume my transmission rate would be extremely low? I know after two years the likelihood of transmission is extremely decreased with time. I’m just wondering if I’m even transmissible genitally anymore? I know genital to genital transmission is extremely rare for GHSV1 to begin with. I just want to have an idea of how much I might be sheddding.
It’s difficult to know for sure if you are shedding or not but if you are it would be rare. You probably had two outbreaks due to the steroids that suppress your immune system, which you need to keep outbreaks and shedding under control
I also am positive for HSV2 through blood test. I don’t know if it’s cross-reactivity or if type 2 is a true positive. I plan to get the western blot this coming year to confirm. I haven’t ever had an outbreak of hsv2. I originally tested positive for GHSV 2 with a level of close to 7. However, a month later I tested again and my level dipped to 2.46. I had a quest inhibition assay and it was positive. You and I have spoken before and I will let you know what the results are when I get the blot. Money has been tight this year and I haven’t been able to afford it. How long would I have to wait to test through the western blot after taking acyclovir?
That answer to how long to wait after dosing with acyclovir depends upon when you last had a possible new infection. The concern is if you take meds immediately after a new infection for an extended period of time.
I am allergic to Valtrex (my whole body gets itchy), but I am not having issues with acyclovir so far. If I am not getting outbreaks, is it worth it to go on long-term suppression? I worry about the long-term kidney damage and my outbreaks are always very minor
That’s highly unusual as Valtrex is a prodrug of acyclovir. If you aren’t having outbreaks and are not concerned about infecting someone else, I don’t know that you need suppressive therapy. Also, we are not worried about long-term use of antiviral and kidney damage. However, if someone has a kidney issue prior to starting antivirals, the dose may need to be reduced.