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So approximately 26 weeks ago I was exposed to gential herpes. 2 days later i started feeling like i would with a yeast infection. I went doctor n he confirmed just that. However unlike many treatments in the past it did not work. And so the search for answers begun. I've been to several doctors all said the see nothing to indicate that I have hsv2.

My first igg and igm blood test was at 5 weeks post exposure and it was negative for hsv2 but positive for hsv1 with an index of 3.5. My second test at 8 weeks same result only slightly hsv1 index of 4.2. Test at 10, 13 and 18 weeks same results.

But i have back leg aches and an area that is sensitive slight touch at the back of my left thigh. I have slight off and on vagina itchiness and burning sensations. I'm also having a clear mucus discharge no smell. It feels like a lot but whenever I go doc they say its normal quantity. I get tingling all over my body including the groin.

This has been ongoing ever since November 2017. I've done a battery of other test. The tech at the lab bascially told me not to come back because all are negative. I did not have oral down there so i don't believe ghsv1. Plus my doc said he believe my hsv1 is an old infection as my index could not be so high in 5 weeks when I did my first test. 

If this is not hsv2 what else can it be? So confused. What are the chances of me turning positive after 18 weeks? Can my positive hsv1 affect my results? What causes slow antibodies production?


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To start with, how do you know you were exposed to genital herpes? What was the exposure and what protection was used, were they on antivirals?

Your HSV-1 infection is almost certainly from your childhood. This happens to about 50% of the population. This is hence not related to your current issue. It also means you have strong immunity from a genital HSV-1 infection.

Testing for HSV-2 is very accurate by 18 weeks. Having HSV-1 has not been conclusively shown to extend the seroconversion time for HSV-2 but it has been noticed that of people (very few) who seroconvert in weeks 12-16, there is an overweight proportion of those with HSV-1.

If you cannot accept the negative IgG test, then you may consider pursuing a Westernblot which you can take as definitive.

The symptoms you describe can be present at the time of an outbreak of lesions, but extremely rarely are they caused by herpes absent lesions that you could have swabbed.

As to what is going on? I think you are piecing a few separate things together, each with their own cause. Maybe you have a back issue that is causing the leg aches but who knows. You may need to seek a doctor's advice on this being clear in your mind that this is not related to herpes.

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Hi Wilson

The exposure was unprotected sex with someone of unknown status. Who said he got bumps on the head of his penis 2 weeks after. But it was only after I began asking questions did and he went to the doctor and came back with cipro tablets and antifungus cream, did he say that he got some bumps on his penis and the doc said it's a yeast infection. But based on all I'm going through, I doubt it's a yeast infection. He seem to be avoiding doing a blood test which would make me feel 100% about my results. He never said anything about antivirals

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