Thanks for your response. It is greatly appreciated. I wanted to add that my boyfriend has had what he thought to be ‘outbreaks’…maybe 3-4 in the past 5 or 6 years. However, perhaps they weren’t truly outbreaks afterall given the situation. Maybe it was an irritation of some sort, but thinking that he had herpes, he just assumed it was an outbreak. This mild pattern is not typical of hsv-2 from what I understand, as such, if he does have herpes, it makes sense that it is most likely type 1 (as you mentioned).
When he was given the diagnosis, no values or information were given to him. As such, we don’t know if they came to this diagnosis via the results of the swab or the results of the blood test (which was maybe IgM tests). Therefore, the fact that a swab test may be of no importance in this situation. However, given this clarification, do you still think that the IgG test could be a true negative?
All we know for sure is at this point is that the recent IgG test showed that apparently he does not have herpes. I have had the IgG testing and I am negative for both types.
The reason why it is important for us to know if he has herpes or not (as well as the type) is because I would rather get oral herpes than genital herpes in order to prevent any complications during pregnancy. As such, our plan was for me to ‘purposely’ get the virus on my lip thus preventing me from getting it genitally and avoiding complications down the line.
Given the additional information on the situation, would you suggest retesting to see if the test will show a positive result for hsv-1 and if so, should he stop valtrex before retesting just in case?
Also, please let me know if I have used up my questions…I think I had 2 left from my previous subscription.