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I have been struggling with bad pressure headaches in the back of my head since september, and in january found out I had Lymes, was put on antibiotics, got a little better and headaches came back. Got tested for lymes again and my neurologist said I probably don’t have it anymore so he tested me for West Nile and Herpes 1 & 2. West Nile was negative and my herpes 1&2 blood test came back positive which was taken on February 28th. And the blood test showed I recently contracted it. Now I have never had sex, or have been given or received oral before. But the first weekend in february I was with my ex and he did finger me for a few minutes. Now this is the only type of sexual activity I’ve ever done besides kissing. This kind of scares me and I thought HSV 2 was genital and was transmitted through intercourse and oral, but that never happened. I am on an antibiotic for it now. Still experiencing my bad headaches daily like before and a week ago I was sick with a sore throat and cough and was starting to feel better, but my sore throat is back and I notice some bumps on the back of my throat and some small white patches on my tonsils, could this be herpes or just my sore throat. My sister is a nurse and afternoon spring break I am going to get retested for Lymes and Herpes, because she said blood tests often give false positives and that it’s weird since I never performed in intercourse or oral.  I’m very concerned on if I have herpes and paranoid  now especially since I see these bumps on the back of my throat. Is it possible to have both HSV1&2 when all I’ve done is kiss my ex and did that one thing? 

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cracked

You could have HSV-1 orally from kissing or since you were a child, but definitely not HSV-1 genitally or HSV-2 orally. How was the doctor able to tell if you had contracted it recently? Do you know if it was an IGG test?

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thunder

Yes the IGG was positive thus showing the recent infection and exposure. Just freaked out on if I actually have both types or if they are false positives, or if i could just have one type. After I’m done with my antibiotics, i’m waiting a week and going back to get retested. And definitely confused on how I could have type 2. 

EDITED: The IGM was positive meaning recent exposure 

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WilsoInAus

What you’re saying isn’t quite aligned. IgG tests confirm long term infections. IgM are theoretically suggestive of a recent infection only if the IgG is negative.

Do you have a full printout of these tests?

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thunder

Okay my mistake, whichever one is for recent exposure. So it was the IGM that was positive. 

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WilsoInAus

That’s an important clarification!

Many IgM tests are also combined, did you just get a single result for HSV 1/2?

Was your IgG negative for both HSV-1 and HSV-2?

Your IgM testing does not confirm a herpes infection. As you have not received vaginal sex, genital HSV-2 is virtually an impossibility.

Your positive IgM can be caused for a number of reasons. You may have a childhood oral HSV-1 infection. Have you ever had oral cold sores? Further there are many false positives. 

I’d also suggest that herpes is extremely unlikely to be involved as a cause of your headaches.

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thunder

I included a picture of my lab results.  I don’t believe I have ever had a cold sore as a child but I have had canker sore‘s a bunch when I was little, if that’s the same thing I’m not sure. 

I also believe herpes is not causing this bad of a headache since I’ve had one for so long. 

Did wake up this morning still with a sore throat still and a 99.9 low grade fever and a little bit of drainage but not much. Not sure still if the red bumps on the back of my throat and small white patches on my tonsils are a sign of strep or the bumps are herpes. 

Just doesn’t make sense how I could have herpes though. 

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Fgirl1222

It’s kinda hard to say because both your IGGs are negative and an IGM is unreliable because it can’t differentiate the types 

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WilsoInAus

The IgG results are the important ones. This confirm you do not have herpes.

IgM in theory can suggest a recent infection. But without an outbreak this is more likely a false positive. 

Follow up with your doctor for your symptoms. 

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thunder

Thank you so much for your information! Not sure if the spots on the back of my throat is an outbreak or just allergies/strep/sore throat. Hoping that’s what it is 

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On 3/10/2018 at 3:00 PM, thunder said:

Thank you so much for your information! Not sure if the spots on the back of my throat is an outbreak or just allergies/strep/sore throat. Hoping that’s what it is 

Did it end up being strep or hsv?

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