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Waitingu

It seems silly to be writing all this out, since I'm 99% sure the results will be HSV+, but I'm still waiting to hear back about my bloodwork. 

Three days ago I noticed a small whitehead on my labia. There were no traditional warning signs of an OB before this (to be fair, I did have a sore throat in the days before, but a lot of my friends were sick at the same time so I brushed that off), and I'm pretty on top of my business, so I know this thing just popped up overnight. Like an idiot, I squeezed it. Sebum came out, not liquid, not remotely close to liquid. No blood. Like, traditional pimple stuff. I thought little else of it and went along my way to work. At a certain point I went to the bathroom to pee, and apparently my labia had (via my normal mucosa or otherwise) gotten stuck to my underwear, so when I pulled them down it hurt! I'm worried that may have exacerbated the lesion. It's healing now (as normal skin, no crusting) and there has been no oozing, no pain. It's just the one spot.

Now, the thing that concerns me most is that this happened once before, around seven years ago. A single pimple on the labia, in almost the same place. No pain/irritation, no ooze or crusting. I got tested but was unaware that HSV was not on a normal STD panel, so I thought it was clear, and have been under the same impression for STD checks since. Sounds like a recurrence, though, so there are all these questions now. If I'm HSV+ and this is a recurrence of a virus I contracted at least seven years ago, what will my bloodwork show? It would have to be an accurate positive since this would be an active outbreak, right? It seems like I waited too long for a swab (48 hours is apparently best for accuracy), so I'm just wondering what information I'll even be able to parse out of the bloodwork if this has been in my body for so long.

Any help is appreciated!

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Lisajd

If you get an igg blood test and it comes up positive it means that you have had it longer than 3 months and this is a recurring outbreak.   Your best bet is to try and get a swab especially if you do have another outbreak but just hang in there until you get your blood work done and then come back to us but what you're saying is definitely possible

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2 hours ago, Waitingu said:

It seems silly to be writing all this out, since I'm 99% sure the results will be HSV+, but I'm still waiting to hear back about my bloodwork. 

Three days ago I noticed a small whitehead on my labia. There were no traditional warning signs of an OB before this (to be fair, I did have a sore throat in the days before, but a lot of my friends were sick at the same time so I brushed that off), and I'm pretty on top of my business, so I know this thing just popped up overnight. Like an idiot, I squeezed it. Sebum came out, not liquid, not remotely close to liquid. No blood. Like, traditional pimple stuff. I thought little else of it and went along my way to work. At a certain point I went to the bathroom to pee, and apparently my labia had (via my normal mucosa or otherwise) gotten stuck to my underwear, so when I pulled them down it hurt! I'm worried that may have exacerbated the lesion. It's healing now (as normal skin, no crusting) and there has been no oozing, no pain. It's just the one spot.

Now, the thing that concerns me most is that this happened once before, around seven years ago. A single pimple on the labia, in almost the same place. No pain/irritation, no ooze or crusting. I got tested but was unaware that HSV was not on a normal STD panel, so I thought it was clear, and have been under the same impression for STD checks since. Sounds like a recurrence, though, so there are all these questions now. If I'm HSV+ and this is a recurrence of a virus I contracted at least seven years ago, what will my bloodwork show? It would have to be an accurate positive since this would be an active outbreak, right? It seems like I waited too long for a swab (48 hours is apparently best for accuracy), so I'm just wondering what information I'll even be able to parse out of the bloodwork if this has been in my body for so long.

Any help is appreciated!

Very likely will show positive over 2.5

My HSV1 has shown a range, though 5-20!

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Disc0rdant
2 hours ago, Waitingu said:

It seems silly to be writing all this out, since I'm 99% sure the results will be HSV+, but I'm still waiting to hear back about my bloodwork. 

Three days ago I noticed a small whitehead on my labia. There were no traditional warning signs of an OB before this (to be fair, I did have a sore throat in the days before, but a lot of my friends were sick at the same time so I brushed that off), and I'm pretty on top of my business, so I know this thing just popped up overnight. Like an idiot, I squeezed it. Sebum came out, not liquid, not remotely close to liquid. No blood. Like, traditional pimple stuff. I thought little else of it and went along my way to work. At a certain point I went to the bathroom to pee, and apparently my labia had (via my normal mucosa or otherwise) gotten stuck to my underwear, so when I pulled them down it hurt! I'm worried that may have exacerbated the lesion. It's healing now (as normal skin, no crusting) and there has been no oozing, no pain. It's just the one spot.

Now, the thing that concerns me most is that this happened once before, around seven years ago. A single pimple on the labia, in almost the same place. No pain/irritation, no ooze or crusting. I got tested but was unaware that HSV was not on a normal STD panel, so I thought it was clear, and have been under the same impression for STD checks since. Sounds like a recurrence, though, so there are all these questions now. If I'm HSV+ and this is a recurrence of a virus I contracted at least seven years ago, what will my bloodwork show? It would have to be an accurate positive since this would be an active outbreak, right? It seems like I waited too long for a swab (48 hours is apparently best for accuracy), so I'm just wondering what information I'll even be able to parse out of the bloodwork if this has been in my body for so long.

Any help is appreciated!

Plz tell us your results either way.  I think you are negative

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Waitingu

Well, I got my results back just now and of course they're confusing, but I tested positive for HSV-1. 

IGG showed quite high, 35.3 - and the IGM showed 1.4. I know I shouldn't even bother trying to assess the results of the IGM, especially since I have Epstein Barr, which I hear can interact with that particular test. But I'd be curious to hear any interpretations or experience with similar labs.

This seems to have answered my most pressing question, which was that - if this is indeed an HSV OB, then it isn't primary, the sore throat I had was probably non-related, and I've had this for quite awhile, right? I just wanted to know if I could have contracted it from my most recent partner, or if it was likely from my last very long-term relationship or even before. 

Le sigh.

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WilsoInAus

The most likely explanation is that this is an oral infection from childhood and that your genital issues are unrelated to herpes.

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Disc0rdant
3 hours ago, Waitingu said:

Well, I got my results back just now and of course they're confusing, but I tested positive for HSV-1. 

IGG showed quite high, 35.3 - and the IGM showed 1.4. I know I shouldn't even bother trying to assess the results of the IGM, especially since I have Epstein Barr, which I hear can interact with that particular test. But I'd be curious to hear any interpretations or experience with similar labs.

This seems to have answered my most pressing question, which was that - if this is indeed an HSV OB, then it isn't primary, the sore throat I had was probably non-related, and I've had this for quite awhile, right? I just wanted to know if I could have contracted it from my most recent partner, or if it was likely from my last very long-term relationship or even before. 

Le sigh.

If you have not been with anyone the last 6 mos, you can bet you are only + for hsv1.  Now, could you have hsv1 downstairs?  Yes.  It would prob need to be swabbed to confirm.  The spot you popped could be hsv, bacterial, fungal/yeast or something else.  

Need swab to confirm that part.  My HSV1 igg number has been as high as 25.  

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Joe1976

I agree with wilso that hsv-1 is more than likely long time oral infection as you would probably noticed initial ghsv1 ob. Anyways this should not be any sort of problem where it is as you are not having symptoms of anything too often right? You could just disclose you carry coldsore virus like most of people and thats it if you are worried about that part. 

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I know way before I ever had any sort of sexual contact I randomly used to get a spot in the same place from shaving every now and again, exactly how you described it. If it was your outer labia, it could be a hair follicle that has caused the issue to arise more than once. You know your body best of course, but just thought I'd say what I was thinking reading your post (if it is possibly the case that you already got hsv1 in younger days but never had a coldsore ob as others have said). Just something to consider, I hope you find out somehow so you can put your mind at rest :)

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