[Question #7168] Hsv 2

8 months ago
Hi I found lingerie in my boyfriends bed and about a week and a half later I was pos for hsv2. I read about the average incubation period which leads  me to believe it was he who gave it to me. He didn’t admit to sleeping with anyone and he hasn’t had symptoms except he has some swelling in his groin which he thought to be a hernia. I haven’t slept with anyone in a year. Is it somewhat safe to assume he gave it to me? The timing by which I found the lingerie in his bed was almost exactly a week and a half prior to when  I had a blister form . I’m just trying to figure out if  my assumption can be true based on incubation . If we will just keep passing it back and forth to each other if I decide stay with him . Thank you 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
7 months ago
How high was your index value? Or was it a swab test? This is very important.   I think you are asking if he had sex with someone else (who might have left their lingerie in his bed), and you then had sex with him, would this result in a positive HSV 2 IgG 10 days later? Under this scenario, he would have contracted HSV 2 from her and quickly gave it to you.  Was it a single blister?  has he been tested?

Terri
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7 months ago
Thank you. Mine was a positive  blister skin test as well as a positive result for blood test antibodies . Let me look up the levels . I had one internal and one external blister . It’s been about 9 weeks and I told him to get tested. Is 9 weeks long enough to show up in his blood work? He’s hasn’t had any blisters and we’ve been together several times since the initial breakout. I’ve had 2 breakouts since the diagnosis 9 weeks ago. I believe he must be asymptomatic if so, do people that are asymptotic remain asymptomatic ? I’m just wondering if it’s possible it’s been dormant in me for all these years and it wasn’t cause by him. All my partners have been boyfriends in the past and there’s only 6 none of them have had hsv2 that I’m aware of .. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
7 months ago
It is definitely possible that you've had this for a while and didn't know it.  If your IgG test was also positive, it suggests that this is not a new infection but the value might help me sort that out. 
By 6 weeks from contact with a concerning partner (possibly you), 70% of those who are going to test positive will have done so.
People can be asymptomatic for years and then become symptomatic when their immune status changes for some reason. 
Without testing, it really isn't possible to know if your previous partners are infected with HSV 2.  About 80% of people infected with HSV 2 would say when asked, that they don't have herpes because they simply don't know.

Terri
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7 months ago
What are the ranges that would indicate it was something that I caught recently? Would the igg results be lower ?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
7 months ago
Yes, if this was a brand new infection (9 days old) your IgG would be quite low indeed.
I will leave this post open to receive the index value of your IgG test - be sure it is not an IgM result


Terri
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7 months ago
Ok thanks I’m trying to gain access to the igg numbers. He’s known as a womanizer sadly and we’ve been dating for a year and a half . I’m not sure it was this particular incidence regarding timing or if there’s more I don’t know about. He’s going to get a test next week. If it’s negative I guess it’s safe to say he didn’t give it to me 
7 months ago
HerpeSelect)
HSV 2 IGG, TYPE SPECIFIC AB Index Interpretation
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>23.00 HIGH

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
7 months ago
OK, you've certainly had this longer than 10 days.  That's not to say you didn't get it from him at some earlier date but you'll never be able to know who gave what to whom if he tests positive, as I am assuming that both of you have had other sexual partners before each other.

Terri
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