Does anyone know how accurate the blood tests for HSV were in 1987? My story: I was diagnosed in Oct. 1987 after having been with my 2nd sexual partner ever. My first contact was 5 months before with a guy I was friends with and we only had sex once. No symptoms until about a month after my 2nd partner and I had started having sex around September '87.
I had symptoms for about 3 weeks before going to the doctor. I was diagnosed after having a culture done. I thought I had a kidney infection until the doctor did a visual examination. During this time my 2nd partner and I were still having frequent sex until the day before I went to see the doc(too painful by then). My culture came back positive a few weeks later.
After my initial doctor visit, I was hysterical and called my boyfriend. We met and I broke the news. He told me that he thought it was very possible I might have contracted it from him. Told me that if he did have it, he was not aware of it but would not be surprised. Since he had no symptoms, he immediately went to his doctor and had a herpes blood test.
He was 24 y/o at the time & had just come out of the military. He had come back to college to finish his degree. I was 19 and a college freshman. He admitted to me after I told him that he had probably had sexual contact with at least 60 women, some of them prostitutes while he was in the military. He even had pictures that he showed me later with prostitutes sitting in his lap in South America. I was floored when he admitted this.
A few weeks later he called to tell me his blood test came back negative. When I went back to my Ob/Gyn, he asked me questions about who my boyfriend was. When I told him he rolled his eyes and said "Oh my God, I am not surprised!" Turns out my doctor was friends with his family & knew about his wild ways. My doctor contacted his doctor(they did not have the HIPPA laws we have today) because he had serious doubts his test would be negative. My doctor called me back later & confirmed it was indeed negative.
I have a few questions. Was it possible I may have contracted it from my 1st partner and the initial outbreak took months to show up? Is it possible the blood testing was not as accurate then? Okay, even if he was indeed negative, we were having frequent sex for weeks
while I was symptomatic even though I did not know what it was at the time. My initial lesion was at my vaginal opening and he was definitely coming in contact with it. Why would he not have been exposed then? How could he have had sex with at least 60 women AND prostitutes yet not be exposed to anything?!!! I was a late-bloomer as far as dating & did not have my 1st contact until college. Then I met him a few months later.
I guess I was and am still somewhat so angry that I could only have sex with 2 men and he could have sex with dozens of women & prostitutes and still be HSV negative. Seemed so unfair!!! We broke up later about other issues, trust being a major one. Any input?