[Question #3774] HSV 2

32 months ago
just ended a 1 1/2 year relationship with an intimate partner, mostly unprotected throughout and he just informed me he has HSV 2 now.  He lied previously, denying upon questioning and I never pressed the issue.  Needless to say, I'm not going to be with him again, mostly because he wasn't honest and lied.   I never noticed any outbreaks or lesions on him.  He told me he has had this since he is 25, he's now 49 and he only gets 1-2 outbreaks per year.   I have been IgG blood tested 3x since I've been with him, (because I am very proactive and health conscious) and have been negative every time, including the last test which was 2 weeks after the last time we were intimate.  I have no symptoms and I understand it can take up to a few months for the blood to show positive antibodies.  In the meantime, I really am upset that I could still be positive, and I just want peace of mind between now and the next blood test in a few months.  Perhaps I am concerned I was infected and just don't have the positive antibodies yet....I'm really anxious and paranoid, mostly.  I have no symptoms or lesions.  Can I get a genital swab test without symptoms to prove?   How is it that I am negative after being intimate with someone positive & unprotected for a year and a half, considered how highly contagious this condition is?  I am very surprised.   Did I just get lucky?  
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
32 months ago
It would not be useful to get a swab if you have no symptoms.  How long after your last intercourse were you tested last?  Yes, you should wait 12 weeks for a fully accurate test, but a negative test at 6 weeks out would likely be the final results (70% chance that if negative,it will stay negative).  You mentioned you have been tested three times but  I'm confused about the timing of these tests).  You may well be uninfected, not everyone with HSV 2 transmits it, for sure. 

Terri
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