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Hi guys, I am new to this forum and this virus. It was a bout six weeks ago when I had a positive typed culture and negative antibody test and I am still struggling to deal with the diagnosis. This was passed on to me from my partner who I have been with for over two and a half years who didn't know he was a carrier.

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I would also like to add that I have a communication/marketing degree, and although no experience, I am more than willing to help with any attempts to raise funding or write letters and so forth to try and get this emotionally challenging virus eradicated once and for all. Please let me know if I can help!

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Statistics

In the United States of America alone, 25-27% of society carries HSV-2. For the record, that’s over 50 million people and counting. As far as HSV-1 goes, we’re looking at a whopping 68-70%—well over half of the population! Considering these numbers, it’s actually uncommon to not have HSV, rather than the other way around. If you’ve kissed 2 or more people, you’ve already kissed someone with HSV, whether you knew it or not. If you’ve had sex with 4 or more people, you’ve already had sex with someone with HSV, whether you knew it or not.

The United Kingdom has similar percentages, except their HSV-1 rate is higher by 10% or so. In Italy, it’s estimated that around 90% of the population carries HSV-1. In total, about 2/3 or 67% (upwards of 80%) of the entire world carries it. HSV is everywhere.

If it’s so common, you may be wondering why it can seem so rare at times. This is because many people who are HSV+ are asymptomatic—they do not have symptoms, and therefore have absolutely no idea that they carry the virus. Other times, they have symptoms so mild that they’re unnoticeable or mistaken for something else, including but not limited to allergic reaction, skin irritation, jock itch, etc. Of course, it also doesn’t help that HSV testing is not included in the standard STI (sexually transmitted infection) checkup. People that are responsible enough to get tested may have HSV and still not know about it because of this. So, a week or two later when they come out negative, they think they’re good and continue to spread the virus unknowingly via asymptomatic shedding.

Let’s not get started on individuals who don’t get tested and continue to have sex with multiple partners. The head-in-the-sand approach seems to be a popular choice among people these days. After all, ignorance is bliss, right? (Wrong.) Try telling yourself that after you have full-blown AIDS, when you could have caught HIV in time and actually saved your life. Or, tell yourself that ignorance is bliss when investing your savings and retirement fund in the stock market without doing any research first. Yeah… that should turn out well…

So, please, get tested, and also request the HSV-specific blood test called the “IgG” while you’re at it. This ensures that you get all the information regarding your sexual health, for the sake of both yourself and your partner(s).

In essence, most people carry the virus, but only a few people realize it. So, the next time you hear someone say they are HSV+, just know that they aren’t different because they have HSV—they’re different because they’re aware that they have HSV. Nothing more, nothing less.

http://www.hsvblog.org/herpes-simplex-virus-hsv-101/

Read the entire page, you will find hope and hopefully some peace for adjusting to living w/ the virus. You will like the portion about the Transmission as well as the rest.

Also, right now more than anytime in the past they are very close to curing the virus. You will see a vaccination within the next few years and between now and then you can learn to control your life which in return will control outbreaks, etc. We are all so consumed with everyday crap in our lives that we lose base of what is really important to us... family, friends, being happy. These are things that should be gifts and we take them for granted and put them behind work, money, the idea of success which inadvertently causes unneeded stress.

You are not your HSV1 infection, you are beautiful inside and out and are a child of God, and that is all that really matters.

Best of luck!

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Hi guys, I am new to this forum and this virus. It was a bout six weeks ago when I had a positive typed culture and negative antibody test and I am still struggling to deal with the diagnosis. This was passed on to me from my partner who I have been with for over two and a half years who didn't know he was a carrier.

I have a few personal questions that I'd like your opinion on. My culture came back positive for genital hsv1, my partner came back positive for the antibody test but never knowingly experienced an outbreak. I am pretty certain his is also genital hsv1 - I wont go into details why - and research has suggested that only 20% of the genital hsv1 is actually contagious to another person and that the other 80% is not due to the fact the hsv1 does not like to live in the genital area. My symptoms where also not as bad as the first outbreak is usually claimed to be and my doctor also has suggested this is odd considering I had an outbreak but have not yet developed antibody's. The day before my culture I had a very quick shave and the next day when I had a culture done I had sex between 45 -60 mins before hand. My question is, would it be possible that the culture picked up part of the non-contagious virus that would have been passed on to me from my partner but did not infect me. I don't think I've worded that very well but any ways please let me know your thoughts.

This could not have come at a worse time. I had the positive culture a bit less than 2 weeks before my 21st birthday and just a few days before I submitted my final assignment for my uni degree. Sorry about the long post, but if anyone could shed some light for me that would be great. And perhaps how you guys dealt with your initial diagnosis? My doctor has referred me to a psychologist but unless she can provide me with a cure I just don't see how it will help. Thanks for reading guys!

Hey our future, welcome. If you are asking could your culture have picked up traces of his semen left after sex with him an hour before you tested, highly unlikely. H doesn't live on the skin or airborne for any length of time. You say he is genital h1, has he previously tested with an Igg h specific blood test? If you came back positive for genital h 1, you most likely got your genital h1 from him. Although if you have ever had any sexy times or oral sexy times, you could have gotten it from a previous partner, and or given it to this now partner. My ghsv2 stayed dormant for 23 years, just had second outbreak about a year ago.

There is a section on herpes research and cures , we have a donations spot on here as well to help keep our site free to members, donations are not required. Take care, Ace :)

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Yea, sorry about the question :/ i deleted it a moved it to the appropriate space. I asked the doctor and she seems to be unsure but everything i've read says a culture is 98% accurate but she seems to think 'false positives' happen quite often. I did not have this before him, I am a bit of a freak when it comes to STD's, one of my biggest nightmares i always went for frequent check ups before him even when i was not engaging in sex and he is the first person i've had unprotected sex with. I sent him to get a check up before we did that as well HOWEVER (and this really makes me mad!!!) the doctor did not test him for herpes so this whole time we both thought we had nothing he had something!! I just wish I could go back in time :(

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Thank you for your encouragement :) I pray and hope every day that a cure really does come out sometime in the very near future but so many seem to have negative opinions on this, I am trying not to get my hopes up to high. Thank you for the helpful article as well and good luck in your battle against hsv :)

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Yea, sorry about the question :/ i deleted it a moved it to the appropriate space. I asked the doctor and she seems to be unsure but everything i've read says a culture is 98% accurate but she seems to think 'false positives' happen quite often. I did not have this before him, I am a bit of a freak when it comes to STD's, one of my biggest nightmares i always went for frequent check ups before him even when i was not engaging in sex and he is the first person i've had unprotected sex with. I sent him to get a check up before we did that as well HOWEVER (and this really makes me mad!!!) the doctor did not test him for herpes so this whole time we both thought we had nothing he had something!! I just wish I could go back in time :(

Hey our future what I'm saying is if he wasn't properly tested for h, how do you know you were? Did you request an Igg blood test, most clinics and Dr's don't do them. Even if you have always had "protected" sexy times, condoms do not cover the whole area, therefore they only offer about 30% protection against herpes.

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Yea I was tested for everything, I'm very conscious about that sort of stuff I always check the cut of bit of paper they give you after you get tested. Even so my latest bloods came back negative so if I've got it my antibody's have not yet built up - unless i'm part of the rare few who take two years to develop the antibody's, i should have developed them by now.

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Our future, did these blood test have numerical values? Check that piece of paper and just look for the Igg numbers. Yes, you can test at the 3 to 4 months mark and they should these numbers I'm telling you about. Most Dr do Igm blood and these are very unreliable. If you have ever had chicken pox or mono you should show some slight numbers. Both of those are a member of the herpes virus called herpes zosters.

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Is that really possible? Ok i'll be getting me and my partner tested for it again once the three months is up and i will post my numbers up here! I sure do hope its just from chicken pox!! thanks!

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