There is lots of info on the web about how HSV2 can be transmitted. There's so much, but it isn't all very specific so it's been very hard to determine with my particular case. I was diagnosed 7 years ago. Had it, took meds, was gone in a few days. My doc even told me I wouldn't have to worry about it again. And I haven't, totally in the back of my mind. Then a few months ago, my immune system was compromised due to a kidney infection and I started seeing something downstairs that I didn't recognize. Here it was again!!!! Seven years later!!! I had honestly forgotten about it. I'm here because I wanted to know if anyone has any info/experience with breakouts as infrequent as mine have been (so far, at least). I'm Female, and had to disclose this to a Male partner. He did not take it well. We have never been intimate anywhere near the time of either my outbreaks (last time was Feb, and I didn't know him my initial OB). And we had unprotected sex once last Fall. I disclosed to him this week because we were going to become sexual again and with my OB this April, I wanted him to know. Lots of info says there is a 4% chance of it being spread F to M with barrier and no meds, but I just don't know how much that relates to someone who has had two outbreaks in 7 years. Please help with any advice or links!!!!
Some background before I explain- I have not been formally diagnosed with herpes but I do get cold sores. It's been at least 2 years since my last one and since my life is very fast paced it's always the last thing on my mind. So when I got into my current relationship I had totally forgotten that I actually get them. My current issue is that I didn't realize I was getting a cold sore because I recently changed acne treatments and disregarded the tingling sensation as a reaction. I gave my boyfriend oral sex and that night after work saw what has now become a sore. I was up till midnight looking up all the research I could and type 1 can effect genitalia. So long story short I probably gave it to him and I feel like crap to the point where I think he should breakup with me. And he thought it was curable(he grew up in a bubble) which makes me feel even worse. I know it's not the worst STD out there which is putting my mind at rest a tiny bit but I still feel like a terrible person and a walking plague sack.
Here is some very valuable information by Dr. Halford in the past about people that are asymptomatic vs those with symptoms I saw. Thanks to someone else’s post elsewhere:
“ The difference between an asymptomatic HSV-2 infection versus a disease-causing HSV-2 infection largely reduces to the duration of HSV-2 replication and/or spread following a primary infection. Asymptomatic HSV-2 infections may be thought of as lasting for 2 – 4 days, and may lead to seeding of <100 peripheral nerve fibers with 1 to 50 copies of HSV-2 DNA per latently infected neuron. While this is still a “life-long, latent HSV-2 infection,” in quantitative terms this might represent less than 1% of the latent HSV-2 DNA load that exists in persons who experience disease-causing, primary HSV-2 infections that progress to recurrent genital herpes. By contrast, a disease-causing, primary HSV-2 infection might last 7 – 21 days, thus allowing far greater HSV-2 viral amplification and seeding of the peripheral nervous system. Such a latent HSV-2 infection might seed 1000s of peripheral nerve fibers (coming off the lower backbone) with 100s of copies of HSV-2 DNA per latently infected neuron. This >100-fold increase in the size of the reservoir of latent HSV-2 DNA is what places who people who experience symptomatic, primary HSV-2 infections at a >100-fold higher risk for a lifetime of recurrences of genital herpes relative to people whose first encounter with HSV-2 causes only an asymptomatic infection.
(3) The idea of a preventative HSV-2 vaccine is simple. In an unvaccinated population, 80% of people infected with wild-type HSV-2 will have no symptoms, whereas 5% of HSV-2 infected persons will fail to initially control the primary infection, and thus will be placed at risk for a lifetime of episodic recurrences of HSV-2 genital herpes. In contrast, in a population of individuals vaccinated with an effective HSV-2 vaccine (vaccinated before onset of sexual activity), essentially 100% of people would experience only asymptomatic infections, which last for 2 – 4 days, if exposed to wild-type HSV-2 later in life; this would be insufficient to produce the symptoms of genital herpes. Importantly, the load of latent, wild-type HSV-2 DNA in such persons would be too low to support recurrent genital herpes. Thus, an effective HSV-2 vaccine would prevent both primary and recurrent genital herpes caused by HSV-2, and would likewise prevent the downstream consequences of neonatal herpes and enhanced risk of HIV infection.”
I have a few questions on suppressive therapy. I have GHSV2 and have one OB which was the first one and perfectly fine since and it’s been about 6 months. I had a couple questions about ST
I know that suppressive therapy is often given to those who have OBS. I don’t have OBs, but was wondering if there’s any reasons to taking suppressive therapy (aside from helping me get back into the dating scene ha) early on after diagnosis even if I don’t have OBs? Im scared that if I start taking it daily even though I don’t have oBs that my body will then have lost some immunity and I start getting OBs that I may never have had
2. How long do you need to take daily ST for it to be in hour system...is it five days?
Here's my "newly diagnosed" story:
began dating and fell in love with a woman in 2016. She told me she was HSV 2 positive upfront, which didn't bother me much...and we proceeded to use condoms during sex. As our relationship became more serious, using condoms became less of a priority. Our sex was AMAZING too! Anyways, she broke up with me eventually, which was very sad. In April 2017 I asked my doctor to order the IGG blood test for herpes. My results were negative HSV 1, but low positive for HSV2 with an index value of 2.25.
I though the IGG test was a false positive because I have NEVER, EVER had any symptoms whatsoever. I pursued the western blot test through University of Washington virology lab...and $325 later found out that I am in fact positive for HSV2.
What a bizarre condition this herpes 2 is! Some people have terrible symptoms and some, like me, have none!
So now I'm trying to move on with my personal dating life and not excited about the "conversation" with whomever I date next. There's been a lot of emotional ups and downs, going from being in love to heartbreak, and expecting false positive to verified positive. Despite some of the encouraging things I've read off this website in the short time I've been perusing it, such as "acceptance" and the Adam Ruins Everything video, the fact remains that the majority of our culture views genital herpes negatively. I still hope to meet the right woman, settle down and have a family but this situation will probably slow me down more than graduate school did!
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