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Technical question for initial outbreak

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Sunny15

I was recently diagnosed with HSV2. I have been with my bf for 2 years and he's never had symptoms and neither had I until Monday Jan 3rd after being intimate Saturday Jan 1st. I noticed two small bumps that were similar to razor burn and since I had just shaved that weekend it seemed to not be a big deal. Well it was and a week later it was painfully evident that there was something horribly wrong going on.

My question is this...is the timeline of 2 to 12 days for an initial outbreak after exposure accurate? The culture was positive but I had the blood test to see if I had antibodies already. If it's a new exposure the test will be negative, if I've had it it will be positive. Can you be positive without outbreak for years?

I've accepted the fact I have it, I'm getting used to the idea and trying to be positive. But I'm confused that so many people have it and don't know it and that's how they get it from someone else. If you're exposed and you get it in 2 to 12 days why doesn't everyone that has it have an outbreak.

Sorry to be rambling but I'm trying to make sense out of the technical aspect.

Much love....

Sunny

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nycgirl87

Hi- yes many do say that the first outbreak can occur within just a few days of the initial exposure. That isn't always necessarily true, since the virus can lie dormant for months or even years. So there is no exact way of pointing when you got it.

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midwest gal

I was just diagnosed last week. I've been in a committed relationship for 7 years and neither my husband nor I have had any past symptoms.

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Sunny15

Hi Midwest, did you do the blood test to see if you had anitbodies or not? Has your husband been tested? I'm just baffled at having it and never knowing. That's why I'm so interested to see if it shows a new exposure or something that's been there....

Stinking freaking H virus....:madd:

Life will go on though...no other option.

Thank you for the post!!!

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midwest gal
Hi Midwest, did you do the blood test to see if you had anitbodies or not? Has your husband been tested? I'm just baffled at having it and never knowing. That's why I'm so interested to see if it shows a new exposure or something that's been there....

Stinking freaking H virus....:madd:

Life will go on though...no other option.

Thank you for the post!!!

My doctor did not to the blood test, but I did have a culture and find out that I have GHSV-1. My husband has not been tested, but we have assumed that he has OHSV-1 and has not shown any symptoms. I only suspected H because I read that it can be dormant for many years. My husband did have an ex tell him they had H a year after they had been together, but he never suspected anything since he never had any symptoms. My gyn told me he has 60 and 70 year old women coming in with first outbreaks and in committed relationships.

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Betrayed2010

Mine happened EXACTLY two days after exposure. Had sex on Wednesday, December 1st, by Friday, December 3rd, the rash developed...and the it followed all the exact stages of the primary herpes virus. So yeah, it definitely can happen in 2 days. A week later, I also knew something wasnt right, planned an appt w/ the gyno. And she told me that it was a "full blown primary" outbreak because of a RECENT exposure. I do not doubt her diagnosis because I had been previously blood tested for herpes in September (I made sure to ask) and everything came back negative.

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Sunny15

Same thing as me Betrayed, I have no reason to believe it wasn't due to recent exposure. I hope you're coping well and know that it gets better. Mine was just a month after yours but I'm feeling much better about it all.

Take care Betrayed!!!

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