When you mentioned that hsv1 screening misses 1 in 4 infections were you referring to IgG or IgM screening? My IgM was negative for all hsv. Finally would it be unusual to have been infected with both hsv1 and 2 simulatneously? That oral lesion that appeared after I performed oral sex coupled with unprotected intercourse is the first cold sore I ever had. If it was indeed hsv1 then I either was infected with hsv2 from the same partner or a later partner. Thanks for the information and the invaluable website
My test results are: HSV1 ab IgG res = .19 HSV2 ab IgG res = 7.12. Prior to that first legion on my lip I never had a cold sore.
Yes we had unprotected intercourse prior to the legion but because I had shaved so closely and my skin so sensitive I had assumed it was an easy conduit for infection from my having performed oral sex. To the best of my memory, the sore appeared within a few weeks after that. The doctor did not perform a swab test. It was 1985 and at that time the dermatologist assumed is was hsv1 without further testing. I will have to wait for another outbreak which could be a while for clarification on the hsv type. My question is twofold. If I do indeed present the hsv2 orally does that mean I can still transmit it genitally if there is no outbreak. I understand the virus can shed without an outbreak present. Regarding transmission rates, I know that oral presentation of hsv2 is rare, so I was wondering if there is any documented rates of transmission from a person with oral hsv2 to a non infected individual.