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Stellar1777

Now that I've calmed down a bit...

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Stellar1777

I have a few questions. I'd appreciate any insight/feedback on these!

1.) I tested positive for antibodies to HSV-2 and negative for antibodies to HSV-1. But this means I could have HSV-2 orally, correct? I do not have genital symptoms that could easily be diagnosed as herpes.

2.) I've read that transmission can occur through shedding at any point, but that this usually decreases the longer you have the virus. I've also read that studies have shown a low transmission rate amongst couples who avoid sex during outbreaks. A friend of mine who is in her residency told me that it is really unlikely that the virus will be transmitted without outbreaks. When I mentioned the asymptomatic shedding stuff I had read, she said that she doesn't trust a lot of the info. out there on the web and that while it was probably possible, that doesn't make it likely. Is it less likely for a woman to transmit herpes to a man than vice versa?

3.) I am a female--can I use an antiviral cream to help prevent transmission to an uninfected male?

4.) If you don't have outbreaks, how infectious are you?

Because I lack symptoms I am mostly concerned with my risk of infecting others. Since I am not in a relationship and am not currently sexually active, this isn't a big deal right now. But I'm 28 and certainly hadn't planned staying this way forever...

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RealisticGal

My first questions --- why did you decide to get tested, and what tests were done?

It is possible your test could have been a false positive, since you are asymptomatic. The accuracy of blood tests is not 100%.

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Stellar1777

I decided to be tested because I had something strange occur towards the end of my menstrual cycle--some irritation/swelling/tenderness in one small section of the labia. I also have a different infection that I'm currently on antibiotics for, so that could be the cause of it. The doctor said it didn't look like herpes, but she couldn't be positive (it was a couple of weeks past the worst of it).

After doing the preliminary testing, I had the confirmatory HSV-2 Ab IGg test that came back positive for the antibodies. The IgG test for type one was negative.

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I decided to be tested because I had something strange occur towards the end of my menstrual cycle--some irritation/swelling/tenderness in one small section of the labia. I also have a different infection that I'm currently on antibiotics for, so that could be the cause of it. The doctor said it didn't look like herpes, but she couldn't be positive (it was a couple of weeks past the worst of it).

After doing the preliminary testing, I had the confirmatory HSV-2 Ab IGg test that came back positive for the antibodies. The IgG test for type one was negative.

Oh, okay then. I forget --- did you have a number associated with your HSV2 antibodies?

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oceanwaves

If the IGG test comes back with a number higher than 3.5, then it is assumed an old infection.

If you have not had any symptoms, you may not have genital herpes. You can have oral HSV-2, which would cause a blood test to come back positive.

The only way to know if you have genital HSV-2 is if you have a bump or leision and you get it cultured, and it comes back positive.

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regret

its hard to say but swelling of the labia may be a sign of a mild outbreak if you do have herpes,,and its very common to get frequent yeast infections and bacterial vaginitus with that the first year anyway that your exposed...i would get tested again

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