[Question #2368] Herpies results new or old infection?

44 months ago
I recently had a culture for herpies (possitive) my igm was 1.10, my igg was 8.66. I've been married for 17 years never cheated. Is this an old or new infection
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
Please ignore the IgM test, it is not relevant here.  I am assuming you are talking about HSV 2, is that correct?  If your swab test is positive for HSV 2 and your IgG is positive at 8.66, this is a well established infection, not a new one.  You could have been infected for two months or 20 years, there is just no way to know.  But it is not a brand new infection.  Do you have other questions for me?

Terri
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43 months ago
Can it lay Dormant for 20 years I went through two pregnancies and deliveries and even last year July 2016 had gastric bypass and now this herpies show up out of the blue ? I really need to know if my husband has been cheating on me please. I'm afraid  if he is cheating he will end up giving me something worse
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
So yes, it can lay dormant for 20 years or you could have missed it - you might have confused it with a yeast infection or a UTI or lesions could have appeared on the buttocks or thigh or anus and you confused it with something else.  Or your husband could have had another partner a while ago and infected you.  Or he could have had it for years and just infected you - yes, even though you've gone through a long marriage and pregnancies. 

What is your feeling about whether he is cheating on you?  Did you have these concerns BEFORE you were diagnosed with herpes?  Most married women (and probably men) have some intuition or concern that their spouse is having other partners.  Did you?

Terri
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43 months ago
Yes I did think he was having an affair prior to this. He was very secretive with his phone, distant, and got into the habit of not answering my phone calls. However he is a Christian man and gets on his knees and swears on God that he has never cheated. I never had a previous out break trust me I would have known. What I  am trying to find is the truth. If my husband cheated and he would confess and I would see any regret in him then I could see myself forgiving him. But if he is swearing on God and lieING trying to make everyone think I'm crazy then he's a monster and I want to know before he ends up giving me aids. I have children I need to be here for
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
you could very easily get an HIV test.
Have you had sex with other people in your lifetime?  If yes, you could have had this for many many years.  If you are saying that you have never in your life had sex with anyone else, then it has to be from him.  Has he been tested?  Is he resisting testing? 
Either way, you got it from someone else years ago or from him a while ago.  If he tests negative, you will know that you didn't get it from him.  If he tests positive by IgG, then either you gave it to him (if you have had other partners in your lifetime) or he gave it to you. If he tests positive, you will never know when he acquired infection.

Terri
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