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Hey Everyone, I’m recently diagnosed HSV2. I’ve yet to have an outbreak and only found out that I have this through blood work. I started taking Valtrex and my labia minora is swollen. No visible lesions. Can’t find any literature that would indicate that this is a side effect of the Valtrex. Does anyone have any experience with this?? 

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Recently left a long term relationship and was thinking about getting out there again so wanted to get tested for STDs just to know-did not have any concerns or symptoms. It was an IGG test my results were 1.49 when anything above 1.09 indicates positive. 

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And this was for HSV-2 IgG?

Assuming that it was, this is a low positive and about 75% of the time at this level it does not indicate an infection. An infection for you is not confirmed.

In these circumstances it can be useful to seek out a Westernblot that will be definitive for you, or retest in a couple of months.

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I don't see why they gave you valtrex if you havent had an outbreak and it does not stop shedding. Wouldn't you want to know if you even break out?

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I will definitely look into further testing! Thanks for the recommendation. 

I’m so new to this it didn’t occur to me to ask a question about why I would start the meds before having an outbreak. I kind of wish I didn’t start the meds because I don’t know if the symptoms I’m experiencing are medication side effects, psychosomatic symptoms, or the actual virus. 


Again, anyone have any experience with labia swelling with no sores/ lesions? 

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      Hey @Fernie hope you are going well. The doctor is spot on here. Many people with HSV-1 end up with slightly elevated results for HSV-2 that does not indicate infection with HSV-2. This persists from test to test for some people. The Westernblot would be useful to you, but will just confirm what is being said to you. Most people actually with HSV-2 test above 3.5 on those sorts of tests. 
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