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Avatarashi
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Oct-25-16, 11:45 PM (CST)
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"Bump down there"
 
   I contracted oral cold sores from a guy I have been seeing for 4 months last Saturday. It has been a tough week. I have been on valtrex since last Wednesday when I noticed a cold sore. He performed oral sex on me too. I just noticed a bump down there but the skin doesn't hurt. Is this the start of an outbreak down there. I haven't noticed anything so far until I felt this bump. Am I doomed to have an outbreak down there in addition to outbreak in my mouth I am freaking out!


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Oct-26-16, 02:24 PM (CST)
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1. "RE: Bump down there"
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   I am really feeling desperate and helpless. I filed for divorce in May and started dating then after 13 years and am new to dating etc. I have had 2 partners since then. During my first relationship, after couple of months I got std testing done in August and my IGG hsv2 came back positive which surprised me. I didn't notice any symptoms other than mild flu symptoms that I thought I got from my partner and I never had breakouts. My doctor said this means you have been exposed to the virus but do not have the disease. So I didn't think much of it. I asked my partner to get tested he said he would but never did so I broke it off with him as I couldn't trust his std status. In my second relationship I had known the guy for 4 months and asked him to get tested before sex. He did and showed me a note that his doctor said he was negative. But I realized later that did not include HSV testing. On October 15, I had sex with this guy and I got a cold sore in my mouth. He also performed oral sex. I have been on valtrex for a week now and suspect I may have genital outbreak coming up. I noticed s bump down there though the skin is not raw and looks normal. I have also had a wierd brown discharge. I have had two swabs done but they came back negative vaginally. My blood test is negative for HSV1 right now and may take some time to turn positive. Should I wait at least 2 weeks before getting a swab done again vaginally. Should I get this bump tested ? Does this mean I may now have both hsv1 (mouth sores) and hsv2 (positive IGG). Has anybody have this happen to them. I am feeling really helpless and don't know how to manage this.


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Oct-26-16, 09:37 PM (CST)
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2. "The doctor is wrong..."
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If you have a positive IgG for HSV2, you have the virus. The exposed thing is total BS. The questions are, how long have you had the virus? You may have had it for many years. Most people with the virus have no symptoms. Did the doctor give you the numerical results of your IgG test? The remaining question is what area is infected?

The standard STD panel does not include HSV testing. You have to specifically ask for it.

Herpes outbreaks generally start with itching and progress to a raw feeling and then blisters with clear fluid.

While HSV1 is usually associated with the mouth area and HSV2 is thought of as genital, either type can be either place, although oral HSV2 is fairly uncommon, but not impossible.

"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Paraphrased from Mark Twain


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Nov-11-16, 08:35 AM (CST)
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3. "RE: The doctor is wrong..."
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   Thanks for your response Rajah! The IGG hsv2 results came in between 5-7 the three times I got it tested. Does the numerical result matter. After mouth sore, my igm was at 0.97 slightly elevated. I am going to wait 8 weeks before testing again for hsv1. Is that a reasonable timeframe?

All my vaginal and oral swabs came back negative. But safe to assume hsv2 is vaginal as I noticed stinging pain down there in week 3 after exposure. No blisters or outbreaks though. I have started daily suppressive valtrex 1 gm.

I read recently that a herpes vaccine was tested successfully on mice and human trials about to start. Can we hope for a cute in our lifetimes?


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Rajahadmin
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Nov-11-16, 09:57 AM (CST)
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4. "That is pretty conclusive."
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Trust the IgG HSV2 test. If it's over 3, that's all you need to know. Don't bother with an IgM test. In an adult it is meaningless. See and explanation here: https://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/igm-blood-test-for-herpes-just-say-no/

Regarding swab tests: You can definitely trust a positive result, but not a negative. The reason is that there are many factors that interfere with detection of the virus from a swab, even if there is an infection.

I am glad you are starting suppressive antivirals. It's a safe thing to do.

Here is a recent article about a herpes vaccine curently being developed by a researcher who is a personal friend: http://www.sj-r.com/news/20161022/scientist-with-ties-to-siu-reports-positive-results-for-genital-herpes-vaccine


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