I just wanted to update my situation. My doctor said I had sores but they were not consistent with herpes. It turns out the lidocaine I had been prescribed was causing inflammation. Of course anxiety got the best of me, and I was still convinced I had HSV. I did the Western Blot at 13 weeks, and both HSV1 and HSV2 came back negative. I am thankful to God for this outcome, not because it would have been a horrible diagnosis but because it would have ruined other parts of my life. I can put this worry finally to rest, correct?
It’s quite crazy what our brains can do and I encourage anyone else reading this to spend the money and get the WB for peace of mind. I have learned quite a bit on this forum and thank you for that. It’s unfortunate HSV has such the stigma it does.
Yes, my doctor said the IGG is unreliable. I had an exam yesterday and this doctor said he thinks it’s vulvovahinitis but that first outbreaks can be atypical. He did a swab test which came back negative. He believed there was still enough going on that it would have shown up. So my questions:
1. Is 14 days after onset of symptoms too late for a reliable swab test?
2. What are the chances of transmission from a one time unprotected encounter?
3. Is 12 weeks long enough to wait for a reliable WB blood test?
4. How likely is an equivocal IGG result to change to a positive inbetween 8 and 12 weeks?
5. Can you explain why my symptoms make infection seem unlikely when they pain was nearly unbearable?