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Thanks! Next worry 🙂
I take daily steroids for asthma and allergic rhinitis: 25mcg salmeterol and 50 mcg beclometasone diproprionate. Could these have affected igg test results?
Just checked my test result e-mail: it was about 27 weeks after the contact. The igg figures were 0.114 for HSV1, <0.5 for HSV2. I won’t waste my money on repeating it!
Given that I’m now entirely comfortable that I haven’t got HSV2 and pretty sure I haven’t got HSV1 either, I wondered if you had any advice about how I should best deal with the recurring thrush symptoms, other than the canesten cream and extra care re hygiene. Might I also/instead have some kind of allergic problem going on? The internet seems full of miracle cures for fungal problems that seem rather like snake oil to me! And I have to say that I’ve not had much confidence in GPs’ advice with the thrush-type problems – they seem less informed about it than I am now!
Thanks once again for your clear and sensible advice. I feel like my experience at the STI clinic was very poor as far as the doctor was concerned – she had no interest in my history and just seemed to run the equation ‘escort contact + genital sores + herpes’ taking no account of the nature of the contact or whether other factors might explain it. (The nurses were much more helpful and sympathetic btw!) Your attention to the particulars of my case is most reassuring!
I had oral from the escort, but entirely protected by condom throughout. I’d be very sure there was no contact with areas of the penis not covered by the condom.
My big worry was HSV2 because of the danger of passing it to my wife, so HSV1 is less concern as I think I’m right in saying she shouldn’t be able to contract it genitally as she’s had cold sores since childhood.
Do I take it that you’d not advise me to pay for another igg test?