[Question #5339] Anxious about hsv2

25 months ago
In 2007 after 3 months of dating, my partner got tested for HSV1&HSV2 ( I am not sure of the specific IGG numbers) but the HSV1 was + and HSV2 was negative,  we ended our relationship 4 months after that and did not sleep together again. 2 years later he tested +HSV2 after stating he had 3-4 other partners within that time and only got tested again because one his partners had a severe herpes outbreak. Flash forward to 10 years later, I have had no symptoms or out breaks and trust me, I have been diligently keeping and eye out and have a yearly gyn exam, have had multiple stressful events including 4 surgeries and my current partner of 6 years has never had a symptom....is it safe to say that his test in 2007 was reliable at 3 months ? Or do you suggest I get tested even though I have never had a symptom?

Also: 
 I have HSV1 from childhood and get an outbreak every couple years, does this give me a small immunity to acquiring HSV2? 
Does having HSV1 mean that I have a higher percentage of being an asymptomatic carrier? Does it mean that it may take more time to show symptoms in the future?
1 days ago
I appologize it was after 2 months of dating ( 6 weeks) that he got tested and as far as I know at least 6 weeks from his last sexual encounter
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
25 months ago
HSV 1 does not give you immunity to HSV 2 but it does make the acquisition of HSV 2 more likely to be mild or could even be subclinicial. 
You could do an IgG test is you are worried about having this without symptoms or the better western blot but if you've had no symptoms for 12 years, I think HSV 2 is unlikely for you.

Terri
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25 months ago
Can you describe what subclinical/mild would look like? There is so much information online, some of it a little concerning because some articles say that herpes can show up as yeast infection/cuts. I have had a couple of yeast infections prior, diagnosed by a culture and visual exam, one where I had some superficial linear fissuring  but so superficial it resolved in a day before I could see gyn.  Could this be related at all? Thanks again 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
25 months ago
Those symptoms do not sound like herpes to me.  While it is true that these two things can be mixed up, a culture would not show up as positive for yeast if the fissure was due to herpes.  And herpes normally does not resolve in a single day. 
Subclinical infection means you might have no symptoms at all after acquiring this infection.  Mild might be a single lesion.

Terri
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