[Question #4849] Western Blot/Food HSV1 Exposure

25 months ago
Hello-

Hope you’re doing well. 

I last messaged about this topic a few months back. I have been waiting three months to take the Western Blot and the day I am going to the test is this Monday. I was excited to finally have this over with and to know my HSV status. I have also been seeing a therapist with some help with anxiety over this topic as I’ve been waiting to test. Then the other day, I was out with a friend that I know has had a cold sore in the past. We were dipping/eating from the same dip and I noticed too late that they had been double dipping. I tried my best to avoid their side of the bowl just to be cautious. At first I really didn’t think it was a big deal at all.  But then I have seen articles saying this could potentially be a rare, but possible way to spread cold sores. My question to you is, do you feel that I should now wait 12 more weeks to do the western blot now? I already have the script from my doctor for it. I really don’t want to take it twice as it is expensive. Or should I go ahead and take it Monday since that was my original plan, 13 weeks after a kissing/brief oral sex possible exposure? I’ve never really had any sort of lip blister or anything, but there just seems like some medical/moral obligation to find out your status if you have been in contact with someone with a cold sore. And finally, why is this even considered an STI if a baby/small child can easily get it? Medically that just seems so far from the truth. Thanks for your help. 

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
25 months ago
Double dipping is NOT a method of transmission.  Forget your worries about this and just do your blot.

Terri
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