[Question #6584] Chances of having hsv2

14 months ago
I was tested positives for hsv 1 and 2 a few years back. What are the chances of my co-worker contracting both if we had unprotected sex a few times.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
14 months ago
That's not as an easy a question as one might think.  Was the test a blood antibody test?  A swab test?  Was it an IgG test?  Was the HSV 2 value greater than 3.5?  Let's say for a moment that the test is accurate.  Two episodes of unprotected sex is quite unlikely to transmit but you need to know that unprotected intercourse with an uninfected person always presents some degree of risk and disclosure of your status should ideally happen before intercourse.  I don't have an exact number for you honestly but probably less than 1 in 100.

Terri
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14 months ago
Well I know it wasnt a swab test because I didnt have any sores. Im not sure what kind of test it was but what I can remember is that they drew blood from my arm after having a pap smear done. I wasn't provided with any kind of test results all I got was a phone call saying that I had both oral and genital herpes which I didnt know at the time that it was such thing as genital herpes. I thought it was just oral herpes. But each time we had sex it was like he would have flu like symptoms every time afterwards. We had sex twice in Nov. 2019, he had flu like symptoms the first week in Dec. We had sex once in Dec. 2019 and he had flu like symptoms afterwards the first week in January. December was our last sexual encounter. But he hasn't said anything to me about him having any genital sores and we talk everyday. I don't know if he just dont recognizes them or what, but                                   ( 1.) Could it be that the herpes are lying dormant?  and                                                                         (2.) Since he didnt come in contact with any genital sores because I didnt have any, if he is exposed to the virus, will he still have outbreak of  genital sores?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
14 months ago
You need to acquire a copy of your exact test results if you want to know what is actually going on here.  What do you mean by flu symptoms?  You could have dormant herpes virus, so could he, there just isn't enough information here for me to give you a good answer.  If someone actually does have genital herpes, they can transmit the virus, even when they have no symptoms at all.

Terri
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13 months ago
I have tried to acquire my test result by medical release form and for some reason my local clinic and local health department will not release them to me.  I dont know if it has something to do with how many years ago the test was taken or what. But since I was told I had both HSV 1 and 2 I just want to know  that if I wanted to give my partner oral sex and he gave me oral sex will he contract the virus  on his genitals and on his mouth?
13 months ago
So I guess I will never know my test results for HSV 1 and 2!!!!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
13 months ago
well, that's very weird and probably illegal BUT you can always get the test done again, right?  I would suggest that.

Terri
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Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
13 months ago
If you are truly infected with both HSV 1 and HSV 2, then there is a chance that you could transmit HSV 1 (if you have it orally) by giving him oral sex  and there is a very slim chance that he could acquire HSV 2 (we can be very sure this is genital)  by giving you oral sex.  The thing is, I would still advise that you obtain a type specific IgG antibody test to understand your index values and eliminate any chance of a false positive.  And I'm not even sure that you got an IgG test - you could have had the dreaded IgM test - without results to see, it's so hard to know.

Terri
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