[Question #5626] Who was first?

20 months ago
I recently got diagnosed with genital herpes. I contacted my old partner who went and got tested. Her test results were positive but she's never had an outbreak and we last had sex over a year ago and I've had several outbreaks. I was wondering if her antibodies count was higher than mine does that mean she had it before me? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
19 months ago
No.  The antibody level has nothing at all to do with the frequency of recurrences.  She may have fewer outbreaks than you due to duration of her infection OR something about your immune system that is different than hers.  How long ago did you last have sex with her?

Terri
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19 months ago
I was tested in February and she was tested a few weeks later. The last time we had sex was about 6-7 months prior to that and to date she hasn't had any type of outbreak. So her antibodies level or count being higher doesn't indicate that she's had the infection longer?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
19 months ago
If you had last sex with her 6-7 months ago, no, the antibody index value does not help determine who was infected first, if that's what you are getting at.  Now if you had JUST had sex with her, got diagnosed by a swab test from a lesion and were antibody negative and she was positive, that would say this was your first infection - positive virus on the skin but not enough time had gone by to make antibody.  But in this situation, you cannot know.  Definitely cannot know. 

Terru
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19 months ago
Ok. Thank you