Obviously all that I, Dr. Handsfield and Terri have said has gone unheard. As this is the third and therefore final reply as part of this exchange as per Forum guidelines, I will go directly to your questions. The thread will be closed later tonight:
1) What did you mean a second sore throat in the last month after separate encounters could make things "better or worse"?
The fact that with two sore throats in three weeks you have worried and assumed they represent HSV-2 pharyngitis, something that NONE of us has EVER SEEN following kissing of any sort is worrisome because it indicates that you have not heard anything that we have tried to tell you earlier. Having one sore throat and being anxious about it given your exposures is understandable, but that with a second sore throat, and despite the clear explanations that you had already received is worrisome as it indicates you are having trouble moving along despite clear advice from respected scientists.
2) You said, "HSV (caused by HSV1) they have oral lesions." Is this equally true for oral HSV2? How likely is it to have HSV2 ulcers ONLY in the back of your throat, combined with sore throat? (I did not ask that of HHH or Terri Warren, so it's new)
As already mentioned, HSV of the mouth (i.e. oral) is so rare that it has not been systematically studied. It is logical however to assume that if HSV-1 pharyngitis only occurs in combination with oral lesions, the same would be the case for HSV-2, particularly since HSV (1 or 2) shedding appears to occur on the mouth and lips, not the pharynx.
3) How likely is it to have strep and oral HSV2 outbreak at the same time? (This question was not answered by HHH or Terri Warren, so it's also new)
Physicians are trained to look for unifying diagnoses, not to give patients multiple diagnoses when one provides ample explanation. In your case, all of your current symptoms could be explained by a strep throat so there is no need to wonder if you have a heretofore undescribed form of HSV-2. In fact, it is illogical to have such concerns.
4) It seems the blisters in my throat have been reduced to reddish, clear "bumps", so maybe antibiotic is helping?
sounds like it.
5) Could you say specifically why this doesn't seem like oral HSV2? (despite 2 confirmed sore throats in a month 5 days after kissing each time)
No, I will not repeat the pages of explanations you have already received.
I hope you can move forward. it seems to me that you may not be cut out for kissing CSWs if you are going to attribute every sore throat you have to a disease that is not recognized by medical scientists (such as HSV-2 pharyngitis in the absence of oral lesions). If you continue to worry, my advice is to print all of the explanations you have received and review them with a mental health professional to address your unwarranted and persistent concerns. I say this out of concern for you, nothing more. This thread is now over. EWH