[Question #3195] Exposed to HSV 2

37 months ago
Hello. I was exposed to HSV 2  almost 2 years ago.  He’s on meds - has had hsv2 for over 15 years and rarely suffers from obs. Married never gave it to her. Had some flu like symptoms for a week after exposure that I attributed to travel -  zero sleep. I then later had a burning sensation / dry irritatition  with milk like discharge no blood in discharge  .no lesions. I was looking intensely and constantly.  Went to my obgyn and she swabbed said might be yeast but she saw more bacteria in culture. Said skin and cervix looked healthy and that it looked like just irritation. Gave me antibiotics. Cleared completely. I still looked constantly for lesions. I’m 40 said she didn’t recommend testing. Almost two years later had a  single painless bump on my labia majora. Near some hair . No pain. Couldn’t find it after 3 days with very intense looking min by min . Never had an ulcer or  scab . Always felt smooth -  . Gone completely on day 4. Went off birth control and noticed I feel very moist all the time - not sure if that matters .  Could my first bv soreness could that have been my initial ob after all without lesions ? Then this my first ob with recent bump?  
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
37 months ago
The bump could be something very simple and not herpes.  Have you done an IgG test to see if you are HSV 2 positive? 

Terri
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37 months ago
I was at first advised not to test. The bump my dermatologist looked at and said that looks nothing like herpes. It was hard - very in the skin and gone in three days. The bv was told it looks nothing like herpes - that I’d have obvious lesions with a first ob and all the other things going on. I’m afraid of a false positive. Don’t think I could handle that . 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
37 months ago
Well, honestly, your risk, since he was on medication and rarely had outbreaks, was pretty low.  If the clinicians that you saw said it didn't look like herpes, than you probably should believe that.  If you don't think you could handle a false positive (2.7% of all testing done), then you don't have to do it.  Some people want to know with absolutely certainty if they are infected or not and do all the testing, others just couldn't cope with a positive (or the possibility of a false positive) and perhaps they shouldn't test. 

Terri
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37 months ago
Thank you , just reading a pretty low risk made me feel better.  
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
37 months ago
oh good, we're here to help!

Terri
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