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hello all, hope all are well!!!

on 5/10/04 I had the last of encounters with a woman and the last time it was unprotected. Three weeks later, and unfortunately sleeping on my dirty futon without covers and naked (long story), i awoke to some bites on my ankles, but I also had two different 'bites" on my head pf penis and to just outside my pubic hair to left. These two were like mosqiuto bites, just one bump and had crusted like a scratched mosquito bite would. Yet, i immediately was thinking STD. So the next day i went in to a std clinic and the "doctor" wasn't sure about the one on the side, but when she saw the same style on my penis she was pretty sure it was Herpes. Neverhteless, I took a blood test (6/2/04) and the results were negative for both IgM and IgG for both HSV1 and 2. I was aware that the IgG levels wouldn't show if it was a primary infection, but that the Igm should show since i was in the midst of the "an outbreak". it was very low for both.

the info about when to take a test is so rampantly different. The CDC says 2 to 12 weeks, and some say 6 months, and others a YEAR! I had sex protected with someone else 5 weeks after possible exposure, and the next day i had one of those bumps off to the side of my pubic hair. Just one and no where else...same type scenario...anyhow, i decided to take the test again at week 11, actually 11.5 weeks. and the tests were again negative for everything. The IgM levels were nearly the same, and the IgG levels were this time almost nonexistant as that portion decreased from like .50 to .00 and .14 to .09 for HSV 2 and 1 respectively.

yet, i still find out i could be positive and the best thing barring an outbreak and culture test is to wait a year to test again.

any thoughts?

In the mean time i have devoured all info about natural ways to supress it..lysine, increased oxygen, ect...In the end it isnt really a big deal if you educate yourself as genital herpes seems more an embarrising social stigma, but i'd just rather know than not. In the meantime, the doctor just told me to relax and practice safe sex, condoms always...


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    • EssenceL25
      I’m going to force him to get tested ! Thanks for your help ! 
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 there really isn't a question mark around the source, it's your latest partner. The median time from infection to an outbreak of lesions upon initial infection is 4 days.  The only thing that isn't certain is the type I suggest.
    • EssenceL25
      I asked if it was hsv 1 or 2 and the doctor said it was Hsv2. I’m not sure i just asked him when he was tested last he said this year I said I think we should go test together and he agreed . I’m going to bring it up again cause I really need to know if he gave this to me I wasn’t sure since it was so close to my previous relationship.
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 then it is all beyond reasonable doubt that the current partner is the source. A 'perfect' fit in terms of timing, symptoms and swab. It may be though that the type is not technically known. Culture swabs are very often not typed and just assumed to be HSV-2 if taken from a genital location. If you received oral sex in the days leading into 7 March then it is 50/50 as to whether this is HSV-1 or HSV-2. You could contact your doctor and confirm if the swab was actually typed (which is a second test where fluorescent antibodies for HSV-1 and HSV-2 are added and see which one 'glows').  If that test wasn't done then you do not know type. If you have oral HSV-1 yourself (cold sores) then this will be HSV-2. Does your partner have oral HSV-1? It is somewhat strange for him not to rush and test - many people have a 'reaction' if they truly do not know their status and have concerns that you infected them etc. (not initially rational of course). This indicates he may know his status - or maybe he just isn't simply the sharpest tool in the shed!?
    • EssenceL25
      I had flu like symptoms and ulcers on my vagina . They did a culture and I tested positive for hsv2. I asked my partner to get tested he agreed but I’m not sure if he will cause he hasn’t said anything else about it. 
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