[Question #3453] HSV2

37 months ago
I just found out that I'm an inactive carrier for HSV-2, with no symptoms.  Does this mean that I should tell every single partner I have that I have the virus, or will wearing a condom be adequate?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
37 months ago
So tell me how you found this out?  An antibody blood test?  If yes, then can you tell me the index value of the positive test?  It is a number associated with the positive test.  The reason that I ask is that there are some false positives on the test in the range of 1.1 to 3.5. 

If you are indeed truly positive, then yes, you should, from an ethical and legal point of view, disclose your herpes status to future partners.  They can then be tested (if they have not yet been tested) to see if they are the same (positive) or different (negative) as you.  If they are uninfected and you are infected, you should consider the use of daily antiviral therapy to reduce the risk of transmitting this infection to them as well as using condoms. 

Please let me know your index value and we can decide if you need confirmatory testing.

Terri
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