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May 8, 2021 at 6:27 pm in reply to: Several tests after “exposure” with last one being 12-weeks post–am I clear? #73529BuzyheadSpectator
Thank you for your reassuring reply, Terri. Re the PEP protocol: I described the encounters (the “fooling around”, oral semen exposure, the kiss on the forehead and nose, and neck rub) to my the emergency STD clinic (NYC) as I did here. They advised against thr PEP protocol,saying my HIV risk was practically zero. I was hysterical and insisted they give it to me.
So to confirm: deep, prolonged tongue/mouth kissing, vaginal “fingering”, or exposure of semen to your mouth will *not* transmit genital herpes, even from a HSV 2 positive person? (I am not sure of his *oral* herpes status but my oral HSV 1 tests came back negative 12-weeks post exposure).
If so, can you please explain to me exactly what is meant by “skin-to-skin” contact versus “sexual contact”? For example, can you hold hands or cuddle in a bed naked (while wearing underwear) safely with someone who is HSV 2 positive? Can you kiss, touch, or lick their (non-genital) skin (or vice versa) safely, with or without visible sores (not “on” the sores, obviously). Is “asymptomatic shedding” a concern in such scenarios? I’m very confused as to what this terminology means.
And, yes, I’d like to know about the risk of sharing wet towels, sharing bedding, or touching shared objects, etc. There is a lot of conflicting information out there, as you know, even about inanimate objects.
Again, I appreciate what an invaluable expert source you are to so many about herpes.May 5, 2021 at 5:40 am in reply to: Several tests after “exposure” with last one being 12-weeks post–am I clear? #73433BuzyheadSpectator
Addendum (if this counts as a “second question”that is ok): one thing I was/am very worried about is whether the 30-day PEP protocol (Truvada and Isentress) I took immediately after the encounter/exposure would interfere with the accuracy of my HSV IGG tests, ie, somehow suppress any potentially forming HSV antibodies and give me a ‘false negative’ on HSV IGG test results).
I was repeatedly assured by several docs and healthcare professionals (including at least two who regularly treat and test people with STDs as a large part of their practice) that the drugs used in the PEP protocol (again, in my case Truvada and Isentress) do not/would not have any impact on my HSV IGG blood test results, that those drugs *only* target the HIV virus and not the HSV virus. Although I did come across a study which said that Truvada (in a gel form inserted vaginally) might have shown “some” protective effect against the HSV virus, but not in pill form. Still, it concerns me a little that perhaps the PEP drug combo interfered with my HSV results, so I wanted to hear what THE expert (you) had to say. Thanks.