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Hi Terry, ty for your response. Since I last posted my GF visited the walk-in again and saw another doc. He swabbed the deflated blister on her lip (which was healing at about the 5 or 6 day) and sent it for a test which he claimed was extremely sensitive and accurate and said it “would likely show results even though it was healing”. He said the previous bloodtest type she was given was “not great” but said he’d hold off on the WB test until the results came back on the swab (and other bloodtest).
Was i correct to understand you that even after just 2 single doses of valacyclovir this (I assume PCR) test would not detect a positive correctly on 5-6 day old healing cold sore? It was covered by a cold sore patch the entire time.
My main concern is that if I am thus far uninfected, that contracting HSV-1 orally or genitally (especially genitally) is very worrying to me. Especially after reading about asymptomatic viral shedding. As I said earlier, Im mainly concerned that this is a new infection (thus a new risk) as we have been together and sexually active for over 5 years without me showing any symptoms (meaning If shes had it all along, transmission risk to me is low, or has already occured).
Is this faulty logic? Can you offer your thoughts/perspective on this?
In a permanent relationship Id consider this a minor risk of oral and sexual contact. However our relationship has been very uncertain this past year, and id very much hate to separate and have contracted this when I had the foresight to avoid it.
That being said, i think the best route is to:
a) verify by WB that she has it,
b) see if I already do too (meaning im asymptomatic and worrying for nothing)
My plan is to currently go and get a WB test done myself.. And if her swab comes back negative to send her back to insist on receiving the same.
Is this a good plan of attack?
Also is there anyway to determine whether this is a recent infection, (in case hers is positive and mine negative)?