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Thank you once again Terri for your insightful responses.
With my last response, I wanted to ask a few more follow up questions to help with this situation or any near-future ones..
1) In regards to my previous lesion swab test I mentioned in my original post the moment I noticed the open wound I booked an appointment to get it swabbed but however, I took a shower before going to the clinic. Would showering have affected the results from the culture swab test? Since swab tests are the most reliable for confirming I wanted to see how much I can trust that test result if that variable could have affected the outcome.
2) Regarding the previous bump it eventually disappeared.. no lesion or anything I even went to get it swabbed and it appeared negative.. I did however notice a few more small bumps (nonpainful) but they don’t look too concerning.. I understand that there is a list of things that “bumps” could be so my question would be are herpes bumps always painful or tender?
3) What is the best way to differentiate a herpes bump from another bump minus a swab test?
4) In regards to males obtaining GHSV1.. from the research I’ve done and from your experience with HSV1 transmission I understand that genital to genital transmission is very rare.. specifically in the case from F to M, you even indicated that over the years you have not seen a case of transmission this way.. as M obtaining GHSV1 is it usually from oral sex?
5) Since transmission is usually skin-to-skin contact.. would showering or applying sanitizer to the pubic and genitals help reduce transmission after every sexual encounter?lookingforanswers_122333Spectator
Thank you for the reply Terri and especially all that you do for the community.
1) I do not take any biotin supplements but I do in fact take fish oils daily and have been prescribed to take 1 dosage of 50,000 IU vitamin D a week.. not sure if this would have an effect on the results either.
Follow Up Questions:
1) In addition to the blood test I took on 5/18 I took an IGM blood test as well.. I just got the results back for it and stated I was positive with an index score of 1.24.. I read the negative feedback in regards to this test but was wondering if this is something I should still be concerned about in regards to a past or recent transmission?
2) With GHSV1 being transmitted skin to skin.. Would having sex with my GHSV1 + partner while I wore my boxer shorts with the penis through the center hole, condom, and her on the antivirals help significantly reduce the chance for transmission?
3) With negative swabs and equivocal blood results I have not had any signs of a primary outbreak that I know of 3 weeks since the last contact.. at this point would the Western Blot test the only way to confirm status? If so, by your judgment of this situation and the results I received would you say that this sounds like there was a good chance transmission of the virus did occur?