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Less than a week ago I woke to discover an area of small blisters just on the fringe of my genital area, and possibly swollen lymph nodes on that side. Panicked, I called a friend who is a medical provider. Within hours I'd been tested and put on antivirals as a precaution. There are no signs or symptoms of anything internal and my cervix is clear. No other blisters developed. Two days later they called to tell me I had tested positive for HSV2.

I'd been married over a decade, separated a long time. In the midst of getting through that I haven't dated. I had a first new encounter sixteen days prior to developing the blisters, but there was limited exposure. I'd also had a bad cold a few days before the blisters and felt ill.

My medical provider says that while it is most likely a new exposure, I could have been a carrier previously. I was tested last year (out of fear, not symptoms) after I separated from my husband and was all clear - but it could have been a false negative since I'd never had an OB. The person I'd met recently said they are clear, but as it happened he had gone to be tested the day before I developed symptoms - I know I may never hear back with his results. My ex would lie about it if I approach him. My medical provider says there is really no way to know for sure where I contracted the virus and to move on.

So... I'm researching all I can. Trying to absorb and process all this new information. I'll stay on antivirals daily, and I'm looking for other ways to boost my immune system. I'm very glad to have found a community for knowledge and support.

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WilsoInAus

Hello @NewResearcher and welcome to the website, I feel sure you'll find at least some answers.

First, exactly what test did you have that has shown positive for HSV-2? Was it a swab test? Or a blood test for IgG or IgM antibodies? This will give quite a bit of information around timing of infection. Get prinouts of all the results as both the positives and negatives tell a story.

You mention a few people 'testing clear'. Please note that unless people explicitly ask for IgG antibody testing type specific for HSV-1 and HSV-2 then this test will most probably not be provided. It is not a standard part of an STD panel or when you ask 'test me for STDs'.

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@WilsoInAus The tests I had previously included IgG and IgM because I requested it (again out of fear rather than symptoms). The most recent until last week was October 2015, just after my break-up. My provider says there is a 5% chance it could have been a false negative. My most recent tests also included a swab. 

I did ask the most recent partner if he's been specifically tested for HSV recently, but really have no way of confirming. My ex will lie if I ask - it is of no use at all - plus we've been separated over a year. My provider said to focus on moving on. This could have been acquired three weeks ago, or it could have been years. That the IgG may not have picked it up since I hadn't ever had an outbreak. My provider feels   it was the most recent partner - but said to focus instead on my health. That's my plan.

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WilsoInAus

That's great information.

An important point to note is that IgG testing will identify an infection whether or not an outbreak has occurred (or known of). Your immune system reacts to the presence of the virus. Hence if the virus is present, so will your IgG antibodies. HSV-2 IgG testing is very accurate in detecting antibodies. HSV-1 testing is not as accurate but accurate enough for recent infections.

Hence it is appropriate to conclude that your negative blood tests mean you were not infected genitally until recently.

When you add this to a first known outbreak that was swabbed positive (this is right?) then this is conclusive enough that the most recent partner is the source.

Are you saying the swab results were back in 2 days? If this was a culture swab, then it was most probably not typed, that was to quick to be able to type a culture. Ring them back and check if the swab was correctly typed using a subsequent test and if it wasn't then can they use the sample to do so. If there was oral sex involved with this partner, then it could be a 50/50 call as to which type.

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@WilsoInAus If it was the most recent partner I may not hear back anyway. It is what it is. If it was him I'm guessing he did not know, and is as surprised by this news as I am. 

It's been five days and all is clear. No sign anything was ever there. It never spread beyond the one spot. I feel fine. Based on others' stories I feel I have little to complain about. I just want to learn as much as I can to avoid further outbreaks.

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