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hsv1 genitally on my back?

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sunnysideup99

Long story, here goes.

So i began sleeping with partner X about 4 months ago and we had vaginal (no oral/anal) sex probably ten times during that month. It is my understanding that partner X has never been tested for herpes 1 or 2. A week after we stopped sleeping together i got back together with ex boyfriend (partner Y, lets call him) of 3 years and we began having vaginal and oral sex. About a month into this (and six weeks after stopping sex with partner X i began having vaginal/anal itching, tingling in the legs, flu symptoms (mild, no fever), pain in the vaginal area, and a few single red bumps with white heads which looked like pimples on my buttocks and lower back near my tailbone.

I was tested at this time (6 weeks post exposure to partner X as well as six weeks after beginning of suspected outbreak) and was negative for hsv 1 and hsv 2. I was told this was conclusive and i needed no further retesting, however further research made it clear to me that i should be retested. I was tested friday, about 3 months after any exposure to partner X and it came back : HSV1: 1.71 (positive) and HSV2<90 (negative).

both tests were Igg type specific.

I have many questions.

1.) If i understand correctly, arent most cases of sacral herpes (like mine on the back and tailbone) caused by hsv2? Or is it simply unusual for hsv1 to manifest there?

2.) Since it is a low positive should i assume that it could be false and since i am still negative for hsv2 could i actually just be hsv1 negative and hsv2 positive but not showing any detectable antibodies yet?

3.) it seems unlikely that i would contract hsv1 from oral to genital contact from partner Y, seeing as we engaged in alot of oral sex over the years we were together before and i never had symptoms genitally or orally.

4.) If i contracted hsv1 genitally from partner Y recently wouldnt i also have some kind of symptoms orally, because i dont?

5.) is it likely that i have had hsv1 my whole life and the first test simply did not detect it, as i know this is commonly missed (1/10 cases) which in turn would make it harder for the test to detect hsv2 (which i have also read is possible, those with previous hsv1 infections getting false negatives on herpeselect)

i plan to retest at 4 months (one month from now) and see what that gives me. Then probably again at 6 months. It is all just very confusing to me.

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dogdude

I wish I had better answers for you and wish you luck. Testing can be a real issue with HSV. I have had 3 blood tests and 2 swab tests within 6 months exposure and they all said positive for HSV1. But after seeing a new doctor today for something different he ordered a batch of tests and it came back negative for any HSV and this is 10 months since I believe I was exposed. So as far as the testing goes I feel like they are somewhat unreliable. Western Blot I hear is more accurate. Maybe that could help you. Best of luck.

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non stop guy

the sores need to be swabed with a pcr as soon as possible after they appear.the rest of the questions are hard to say.at least for me.in the end the pcr swab is your best bet.or the western blot.type1 doesnt always show up on the igg.type 1 below the waist normally has harsh o.b the first time.yours sounds mild. good luck

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