I just received the results of the swab, and it is positive. Also, the numerical values are:
HSV-1 = 4.40
HSV-2 = 14.10
I’m going to pick up the results today; these were shared via phone.
What does the index value mean – degree of certainty or degree of severity?
And could those numbers change if I tested again after a certain period of time?
I’m researching to try to understand this better but also wanted to ask you.
I am feeling less distressed about this as I am learning more about it. I had a startling revelation, though — well, more like a remembrance: I think I’ve already had an outbreak but at the time had absolutely no idea that may have been a herpes outbreak. My partner and I would have sex frequently, at least twice a day whenever we were together. After being sexually active for approximately 4-6 weeks, my vagina was extremely sore and I developed what appeared to be tears or fissures, and as I think more about it, there were some sores, but it never noticed the appearance of bumps. But where I am now with this current outbreak, the look and experience is very similar, just not as severe as it was that first time. It was painful, along with burning (I don’t remember if itching was a part of that.) I talked with him about it but neither of us knew to be concerned or worried. Although painful and lasting for many days at its worst pain and discomfort, I never sought medical treatment. In retrospect I should have//could have been much more proactive.
Is it possible that was a first outbreak? I’d had frequent sex before in past relationships but had never experienced anything like that before.