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I have genital HSV1, swabbed positive. I've also never had a positive blood test, even after trying in vain for a year.
For almost two years I've had a low-level irritation, probably like you describe as tingling. The only time it goes away is when my skin gets sensitive and has a rash, which is when I was lucky enough to get swabbed.
My "theory" and it's only that, is that my atypical symptoms are caused by an immune response from a similar herpes family virus. The immune response is adequate to crush the virus, but not completely clean it up.
When the tingling you describe is present, I don't think the virus is active. I believe it's a histamine response to the incomplete, but adequate antibody response. I've commented before that Benadryl can sometimes, but not always tame the irritation. Everyone blows it off as not herpes then, strangely that's what I have.
I have had only atypical symptoms, I've never seen a blister. I've been tested for everything under the sun, had a biopsy, taken yeast medication, everything. The only thing ever found was HSV1 on my area of sensitive skin.
- HSV1 by culture @11 months
after initial outbreak
- 13 negative IgG tests up to
- 1 negative Western Blot
- Antivirals for the first
at 11.5 months