[Question #4698] I have been tested and I have HVS 1 and HVS 2

27 months ago
When I have a breakout I do not get the pimples that break open and leak fluid. I get pain and heat but not the typical breakout that is common. I take Valacyclovir 500 MG daily and my outbreaks are rare. They occur maybe 2 times a year and last 3 days at the most. I was with the same sex partner for 12 years and she has never contracted the virus. Last night I had a new partner and before I could tell her what I have, we had sex. I am so worried about her and fear I may have given her the Herpes. I was not having a breakout at the time and I did not wear a condom. She has no symptons yet but is has been just 72 hours.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
27 months ago
The likelihood that you transmitted this virus at a single encounter is low.  And it's great that you are on suppression as that reduces the risk of transmission by almost 50%.  And you recognize that this is probably not a mistake that you would like to make again.  IF she has become infected, she would likely have symptoms within 2-10 days.  Are you going to talk to her about this?

Terri
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27 months ago
Terri, hank you for your reply. Yes, after I sweat out these next few days and my new friend does not have the virus, I am going to sit down with her for a nice talk. I am so mad at myself for not having the self control Saturday night. This is a person that I was in love with about 12 years ago and I left her for a younger woman(big mistake) So I sought out my prior love and we are getting along really well. Not certain if she will stay with me once I tell her. I wanted to as you why my prior love never got the virus and we had unprotected sex for 12 years? I am so glad of this but could it be because I never have the open sores that most people have and take the pills. I have had Herpes for over 14 years and I never infected anyone. Kind of strange.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
27 months ago
Welcome to the world of fallible people! 
How do you know that you have HSV 1 and 2?  What kind of testing have you had done?  And how do you know that your partner is not infected?  80% of those infected don't know so to assume that they are not may not be accurate - hard to know for sure just by history. 
I so hope you will be forgiven - we all make mistakes and all we can hope for is that people will forgive us with a gentle heart

Terri
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27 months ago
Terri, when I first had the symptoms of a red  rash and terrible burning in the goin area I went to my family doctor and he sent me to the lab for testing by taking blood. As soon as I took two Valtrex and the burning went away in like 1 hour. My doctor told me from the test I had both HVS 1 and 2. But again, I have never had blisters that open and leak fluid. When I get an attack it is the redness and burning that goes away really fast like 3 days. Have you heard of these symptoms before in other patients?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
27 months ago
Valtrex would not likely make herpes symptoms go away in an hour but possible I suppose.  What were the index values on your HSV 1 and 2 IgG test results?

Terri
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