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Salam!

I recently got diagnosed with HSV 1 & 2 via blood test. I have never had symptoms of either, so this news was pretty devastating to me. I have been celibate for quite some time now and I have reached a point in my life where I was looking for a lifelong partner, so I figured I would get tested for everything as any responsible adult would. My doctor advised me not to order the test because of the high prevalence of the disease and the psychological impacts of receiving positive results while being asymptomatic. I decided to proceed with the test anyway because I didn't like the idea of spreading the illness to my unsuspecting husband if I indeed did have it. I didn't feel like choosing to be ignorant was a good enough reason for ruining someone else's life. Although I knew what I was getting myself into and was aware of the risks associated with it, I will say that the results still hit me hard.

I am still coping, but I am pushing myself to stay optimistic. I will admit, it has been difficult. However, I am convinced that this is part of God's plan for me. I refuse to believe that will spend the rest of my life alone and ashamed because I have sinned in the past. I remain interested in marriage and I am hopeful that I can find a man who is in the same boat, so no innocent people get harmed in the process. Despite the fact that I am asymptomatic, I know the disease can still be transmitted and I would not be able to live with myself if I infected someone else. I would like to continue my journey with a good man who has also been dealt a less-than-ideal set of cards.

If you are also dealing with the same, or similar circumstances, and are interested in getting to know each other, please message me at letskeepitsimple34@gmail.com. Thank you and I wish everyone here finds happiness and peace. Don't lose hope!

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WilsoInAus

Hey @letskeepitsimple it is pretty rare to suddenly find yourself with a test in your hands that reads positive for 1 and 2 and not have an inkling.

Did you get values with your test. Was it IgG or IgM?

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letskeepitsimple

Hi @WilsoInAus that's reassuring! I've looked up the usual symptoms and I can't recall a time that I've experienced any herpes symptoms (outside of experiencing flu-like symptoms while actually having the flu). I'm not certain of the specifics of the test, as I was in shock and didn't think to ask questions when I got the results, but I plan on following up with my doctor soon. I do know, however, that my scores were in the low positive range. And, since it's been several months since I've been intimate with anyone, I'm going to get some confirmatory tests done after a bit of time passes. I think the test used was IgG, but I can't be certain until I speak with my doctor. 

I've read that false positives can happen with blood tests. Do you think that is likely?

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WilsoInAus

Hey @letskeepitsimple I think best not to speculate until you do a good examination of results with the doctor and see the test type and the numeric results.

Yes false positives happen and they are usually in the range of 1.1 to 3.5.

Having an oral HSV-1 infection can also raise the level of HSV-2 into the low range. Also sometimes testing is combined would you believe! In this case it could mean one OR the other of the herpes types.

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