Terri thank you in advance again. You have a ministry and I as well as many others are very grateful! I pray blessings and favor over you and yours! Please have some mercy and patience with me 🙂
Terri so we did the WB at 18 weeks and 1 day post oral encounter and both HSV1 and 2 came out negative. So thus far i’ve had 2 HSV1 equivocals at both 3 and 4 weeks, an HSV1 negative at 15.5 weeks ( I took a week of acyclovir the week before the test and stopped 5 days before the bloodwork).
I have since the encounter been on (2) 7 day cycles of Acyclovir (The 2nd time to the NP he saw my equivocal and said we can try this as it may be herpes 1) which I think may have prolonged my conversion of antibodies.
1)Any thoughts on that?
BTW the last OB i thought I was having i took it day 1 for 7 days and my symptoms/OB went for another 2 weeks plus????….is this common with HSV1?
The WB results gave me relief from my anxiety for about one day however my symptoms still remain in full force. I still have a red area on the R side crown of my penis that feels raw/irritated/sensitive in that one focal spot. It is constantly there and has been as long as i can remember and at times (when rawness the most, looks slightly inflamed/swollen). The intensity varies however it is almost constantly there and has been on and off 90% over the last month+. I honestly believe it is a cold sore/herpes that for some reason is not strong enough to crack the skin/ulcerate. I’ve seen 2 dermatologists who both did not know exactly what it was (they did see some yeast/fungal on my inner thighs that they put me on fluconozale for…i sweat alot and am running around at work constantly) but nothing definitive on my spot/area but they both agreed they can see it.
2)Is is possible to have such a weak/small amount of the virus that the symptoms will do this…not ulcerate just irritate the surface of the skin? W
Terri I don’t know what to do. I strongly feel I have HSV1 received through oral sex. For whatever reason my body is not making antibodies and this thing is running rampant. I’m in excellent shape and am a health care provider myself. I eat right take supplements and am very optimistic by nature.
Is there a chance I will never seroconvert? Is there a chance my body will not recognize this virus and make antibodies? I’ve heard 10-15% percent of folks never test positive on an IgG HSV1 test.
3)Everyone says ow GHSV1 is so mild…that is not the case with me if this is what this is. I’ve had constant symptoms or rather I would imagine outbreak over the last month. When it let up then I had anal itching, then just today Ive had a sharp pain in my R testicle.
What else could this be Terri? Have you seen any other viruses cause these symptoms (red bump that feels raw and stays constant) after an oral sex encounter? Whatever it is my body is not fighting very well.
4)What is the reliability of the Western Blot at 18+ weeks? I’m assuming for whatever reason that my body isn’t recognizing this virus and isn’t making antibodies (despite all these lovely symptoms that persist). What’s the latest you’ve seen somebody test positive on the WB after a high risk situation? Should I do the IgG’s again?
5)Should I get the Western Blot done again at the 6+ month mark? If so from which date? From the encounter or from when I first had symptoms (which the raw/irritated red area started or I at least noticed it first 6+ weeks after the encounter for about 10-15 days then was gone).
6)The one urologist I saw said she has seen herpes cases that are “subclinical” go on or present like this. How in the world is my body not recognizing this bug.
Terri I am having a very hard time.
Just hard as all this stuff started after I made the BIGGEST mistake in my life. It’s hard to forgive and move on when you are constantly reminded at least symptomatically of what you did wrong. I’ve always held myself to a high standard morally and have never done anything of this sort and it’s having a severe impact on my mind and life right now. I know this anxiety and regret/guilt doesn’t help but it cannot explain my constant symptoms which seem to never get better nor go away. Thank the Lord my wife is still with me and has forgiven me. She is with me regardless but I am dying here with no definitive diagnosis.
Not sure on my next step. I will probably have to get those PCR swabs from you asap.
I’m 99% positive I have HSV1. I almost wish I would break out in a horrible case, get it over with, have my body recognize it and try to go on. This atypical presentation and/or subclinical manifestation is becoming old very quick.