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    • alphaCero
      Well, that's unusual, but not impossible. I've had HSV1 since childhood, and my IgG results will vary based on whether I'm taking anti-virals, but always have come out positive. I've known someone though who definitely had a cold sore, but never tested positive, so it's rare, but happens. It's possible he just carries a low count and transmitted to you via saliva but without direct oral sex, or that he doesn't have it and you had been a carrier for a long time and randomly had an outbreak right after having sex (unlikely), or some other random scenario. There's a reason why such a large part of the population is HSV1 positive - there are a lot of ways to get it, it's often asymptomatic, and most adults already have it. It's frustrating that we just don't have the resources to look deeply into these questions today. It seems like he's been pretty open to getting tested and hopefully educating himself along the way - that's at least something.
    • alphaCero
      It is so easy to stress over all kinds of symptoms, but generally speaking I'd say to trust your GP. They have the training, and they were there, so it's reasonable to believe them regarding your oral symptoms. I'd follow their advice and try to take care of yourself to be comforted and heal. In terms of your concerns about having Ghsv, a type-specific test for you and your partner can at lest tell whether either of you have a type I or II infection *somewhere*. The symptoms for hsv can be pretty variable and sometimes so mild that you wouldn't even notice, which holds true for men and women. If you don't have it, you can be thankful! If you do, you can be thankful the symptoms are so mild the possibility never even occurred to you until now! Remember that even if you have a positive test result of some kind, it's not conclusive where/when/by whom you might have been exposed. Just use the information you get to make informed decisions going forward. You're not alone no matter what the outcome, and every outcome is manageable. Be well
    • WarriorKing
      normally for most people hsv is lips and genitals, not tongue. fear can make you afraid of every little thing that you did or did not ever notice before and now you have an excess of fear. tongue irritation can occur for many reasons, none of which i am qualified to discuss. i suggest not shaving genital areas, trim hairs, don't upset the skin.  
    • Just a human being
      A- typical symtoms are rarer. It is less usual I think for a pimple to scab like that. But I am no pimple expert. Some people say if there is pus it isn’t but I think things out of spectrum can crop up with herpes. The likelihood of picking up herpes with condom use is low. Most of the mucus membranes for men is on the shaft of the penis. If the condom is used correctly and it was used during oral sex it’s highly unlikely. It’s too late to swab from what I personally know. Also I do not think symtoms on the bottom is common for men. Women tend to present with symtoms around the anus. I don’t know about men. Your situation sits out in a whole lot of unlikely and less than typical so I think you should put your weight of probabilities in the very unlikely and just follow up in the case of rare circumstances without worrying or becoming hysterical. 
    • Megneedshelp1
      So this is going to be a long one but please stick it out. I’ll be extremely grateful. So after going to my doctors for a general check up due to me having Molluscum (had during childhood, but reappeared when I was 19) he mentioned having a routine STD check. I thought nothing of it and accepted. Everything came back negative, syphillis, chlamydia, ghonnerea and HIV.  What I didn’t realise is that herpes wasn’t a routine test and I started looking online about what herpes involved. I was scared and uncertain about my status now beings as the more I read. The more symptoms I believe I’ve had. starting in 2018 I had developed iritis which apparently can be a result of H. This however was during a stressful period of my life.  Since my first sexual partner my posterior fourchette has always been weak and I have little tears (not serious) ever since. They heal within a day.  However. Whilst itchiness, blisters, soreness is the typical symptoms for when people have it (and I have never had) I have noticed that I have had a very very thin, not deep, none sore (unless touched) cut on my inner labia a few weeks ago.  Then three days ago I had a tiny tiny cut which resembled more of very thin tear I guess it closer to a definition, since the one on my labia was more of a cut ( but I would also say like a scratch) on the upper part of my genitals just where the pubic area ended. It was quite sore when touched but didn’t bother me otherwise. I have had this cut before however typically when my pubic hair is growing back. In around about the same area which goes away within 2-3 days maximum. Does this seem like genital herpes? further more, I now have concerns about my mouth too. This is the first time this has ever happened to me. And had occurred two days after I started panicking about this, so I would say I was extremely stressed. My tongue turned Pale and patchy with red indents on my tongue. Ulcers (eventhough they didn’t hurt) appeared on the back of the sides of my tongue. The sores then travelled all along the sides of my tongue to the tip of my tongue. (A few yellow patches still being on the back of either side of my tongue) Being in one place, then moving to another. I must say that I had smaller sores and then I had food poisoning which resulted in vomiting which then made the sores triple in amount. Also there are light yellow patches/dots on the back of my throat.  I have been using salt water rinses and bonjella on the sores. It’s important to note that the sores don’t hurt or irritate me UNLESS I use the bonjela which causes them to burn a little.  I have never had anything like this in my mouth before and this has lasted two weeks,  And I guess I’m just extremely upset because I’ve only had two sexual partners. And have been with my current partner for two years. So for all of this to suddenly occur has created so much stress for me. I’ve already told him that there is a possibility since I wanted to be open from the very beginning, but since the COVID scares, anywhere I could get the cuts on my genital swabbed is closed and it’s already gone now. So I’m hoping I could eat some advice here ..  when seeing my GP about my mouth she said it didnt look like herpes and was quite certain. She said it just looked like ulcers and said it could be down to the immense stress I’ve put myself under due to panicking. So... Is this thrush/stress/herpes???  Here are the links to the Reddit page I made showing the problems with my mouth as I unfortunately have no pictures of my genital cut. https://www.reddit.com/user/MegneedsHelp/comments/fql64p/is_this_herpes/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf https://www.reddit.com/user/MegneedsHelp/comments/fql040/is_this_herpes/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf https://www.reddit.com/user/MegneedsHelp/comments/fqkzlh/is_this_herpes/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf   THANK YOU 
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Can we please stay on topic in CURE RESEARCH? 

Its been frustrating being fooled into thinking there may be a post related to cures, over the past few days its been all off topic. 

 

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10 hours ago, Voyager2 said:

I didn't know we could do that. Do you have an email address for that company?   

Do your research first, as there are a lot of expensive kit sellers taking advantage of panicked buyers by selling them fake kits.  Always try to find reliable websites that help explain whether a rapid test kit is approved, which will vary country to country.  Even approved ones have their limitations, for example:

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Some experts say that because the kit looks for antibodies produced by the white blood cells in response to the virus rather than the virus itself, there is a margin of error where it could return a false negative if used at the wrong time.

The standard laboratory test for coronavirus is known as reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), which detects the virus's genome rather than antibodies produced to fight it.

Reference: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/bangladesh-scientists-create-3-kit-detect-covid-19-200323035631025.html

In other words rapid test kits look for antibodies (aka infection fighters) that would be produced once someone's immune system gets wise to the infection.  Someone using a rapid test kit early on in an infection could get a false-negative, depending on how far into the infection they are.  This obviously poses a danger because the person may then believe "I tested myself and it isn't COVID-19, so I'll go about per normal" when in reality they could well have it and haven't developed sufficient quantities of antibodies for the test to detect.  Then they infect a bunch of people because they did not understand how the kit worked.

Laboratory tests remain the most effective and timely, but are limited with most governments only testing those with severe symptoms.

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-03-23/fda-warns-americans-to-beware-of-fake-covid-19-test-kits

Happy shopping.

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10 hours ago, Voyager2 said:

I didn't know we could do that. Do you have an email address for that company?   

The FDA starting issuing emergency use authorizations for covid-19 test kits recently since the US is drastically low in them so a lot of companies are developing them. If you get one I would definitely take a hard look at the company or quality of the kit.

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With millions of people around the world now ordered to "stay in place" in this deadly pandemic, there is a need for a way to quickly self test at home. This would avoid going to a doctor's office, ER or hospital and disrupting their operation.  We need to defeat this virus before it kills millions. Also, there is evidence it is more dangerous to younger people than previously thought.

A clever British team is already designing an amazing system that works with a smart phone app.

https://industryeurope.com/sectors/hygiene-medical-pharmaceuticals/scientists-call-on-manufacturers-for-rapid-roll-out-of-covid-19-self-test/ 

 

“Normally, anything like this would have to go through clinical trials,” said Professor  Balachandran. “But this is not a normal situation. According to the Imperial College model, this pandemic might last for 18 months. And cases will rise over the next few months. Everyone is crying out for these tests, and many will take a long time. We haven’t got a long time, so anything like this is going to help. Speed is essential. With local hospitals’ help we aim to do a limited amount of tests with available positive and negative samples.” 

The idea behind the kit is to try and make it cheaper than other tests so it can be used in homes across the world. Once the infection is identified, the system could track down people who have been in close contact with the patient in the last 14 days and alert them about the threat of the virus, as well as giving advice on whats to do next.

Professor Roberto La Ragione, Deputy Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the development of rapid diagnostic tools for Covid-19. With a rapid response from manufacturers, we could deliver a point-of-care test kit to support mass-scale testing within the NHS and globally." 

“The team strongly believes that with our combined expertise, we will be able to make this device and its associated system available for adoption within a few weeks and take a step closer to beating Covid-19,” said Molecular Virologist Dr Muhammad Munir at Lancaster University.

 

    

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Voyager2

A BRIGHT SPOT?

San Diego's MESA BIOTECH (see link) received FDA fast track status Tuesday March 24 and will begin shipping its covid-19 POINT-OF-CARE test systems to doctor's offices, urgent care facilities, nursing homes, (and, I imagine, drive-through facilities). These small devices appear to detect the virus DNA in nasal/throat specimens (as described above). Four other companies in the San Diego area have also received emergency approval to supply covid-19 detection devices. It seems private industry is leaping into action.

China and South Korea (15,000 tests/day) quickly ramped up testing and stopped community spread. Sadly, the Trump administration did nothing for months and now the number of cases is accelerating and New York City's hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, and they don't have enough ventilators. If the federal government orders/allows massive testing in the rest of the country right NOW, perhaps we can still stop the spread. We need to "see" who has the virus and who doesn't. Otherwise, 40% to 80% of the population will eventually become infected. That's not good because covid-19 is twenty times deadlier than the regular flu (H1N1, etc).

https://timesofsandiego.com/tech/2020/03/24/san-diego-company-gets-fast-track-approval-to-develop-covid-19-test/

 

For info on the epidemic, I recommend CNN, especially when Dr. Sanjay Gupta or Dr. Anthony Fauci is speaking.

NO I don't work for MESA BIOTECH.

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