[Question #1214] Herpes igg test after 10 weeks

48 months ago
Hi,

I am back. You are the only people I can really talk to at this point, so thanks so much for being here to answer my questions. Thus far, it has made me feel a whole lot better, coupled with the test results thus far. As you may recall, I had reciprocal unprotected oral sex over 10 weeks ago with a unknown status female partner. 

I just got back my latest test results at 10 weeks post incident, which were <0.01 for HSV1 and 0.07 for HSV 2. 

Past result on these test were: 2 weeks post potential exposure 0.12 for HSV1, 0.07 HSV2, five weeks were at 0.01 HSV1 and 0.08 HSV2 and seven weeks were <0.01 HSV1 and 0.08 HSV2. 

Do the consistency of the numbers mean this is looking good after 10 weeks? I plan on getting two more tests, at 13 weeks and again at 16 weeks to confirm. If these numbers remain steady, do you think I can move on past this herpes paranoia? I regret what I did due to my marital situation, and just want to be absolutely sure. I can never feel good about any STI tests owing to my dalliance, but I would feel a lot worse if I contracted HSV2. No symptoms, in fact the symptoms I thought were symptoms a la the inner thigh rash/burn and back pain seems to have subsided. Perhaps that is from relief from my latest low value IGG test. i am hoping the value numbers don't jump up wildly for the last two tests, obviously! Dr. Handsfield has stated after seven weeks I would remain negative at 12 weeks, and I believe that. The only thing negative is my thinking it seems! Thanks so much. Just need to communicate this, as if there is more reassurance, I certainly need it. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
48 months ago
Hi Larry,
I saw that you posted again about HPV. I know you are worried, but please accept the reassurance of Drs.. Hook and Handsfield about the HPV. I know it must be confusing because your own doctor suggested that it was HPV and indeed treated  you for it, but if it didn't respond to treatment, it is less likely to be a wart and if it is a wart, I think it is extremely unlikely that you acquired it form this encounter.  If it's any help at all, in 33 years of practice, I have never seen anyone acquire HPV from oral sex at least that I am aware of. 

I honestly don't think you need to test again you're good now with those index values, no trending upward at all.  And if you had become infected, I would expect to see those numbers dramatically increasing.  As Dr. Handsfield told you, we don't answer questions mostly based on repeated anxiety.  I'm happy to reassure you once more over these test results, but let's have that be it, OK?

Terri
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48 months ago
Thanks you Terri and the other doctors for all the input you have given me towards my situation and resultant anxiety, especially in regards to the reassurance on the non-existent herpes. I am still confused as heck about the HPV, and take what you say in the highest regard with all of your experience, never seeing it transmitted with purely oral sex. I will pray this abrasion on my penis tip is from another cause. I am going to urologist to have it checked out. But adding to my anxiety is lots of medical websites say oral acquisition of HPV definitely can be gotten through oral sex, even skin to skin non-sexual means is possible. Just has me Baffled in Brooklyn! And then I think about Michael Douglas. Sorry for pushing the meter up. Thanks again to you all and best of luck.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
47 months ago
Larry, it is possible probably to acquire HPV through oral contact but what is likely and what is possible are two separate things.  Try to keep that in mind, OK?
I'm going to close down this thread now, all the best,

Terri
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