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  1. I should say that i am hsv2 negative. HSV1 "very high" but have had cold sores orally twice-3 times a year for 30 years. Was I reinfected with another hsv1 ? They say that is almost impossible because of the antibodies immediately figting the virus when it tried to enter genitally and the 3 PCR swabs were negative for hsv2 hsv1 and chickenpox. But still the redness bumps and nerve pain until I took daily valtrex and vitamins.
  2. Highrisk sex last December. I have not still been formally diagnosed. Have redness and bump on top of shaft of penis that doctors says is not herpes. But have had really bad nerve that started 2 months after incident and is just now ending at 5 months. I take valtrex daily and vitamin regimen. I have tested negative at 17 weeks via "gold standard" western blot from U Wash. I have had 3 PCR swabs during an outbreak and they were all negative. I will go off valtrex in June and get retested via blood test. However I have to say after vitamins/valtrex/twice monthly acupuncture it is much better.
  3. Valtrex now priteliver maybe in 2 years
  4. This is a great question. I am trying to get U Washington to give a definitive statement I assume you were dismissed by swab An igg test type specific should show by now I think most doctors agree that your first outbreak produced antibodies if you took valtrex that really just engages cells outside the viralninactive nerve center which means it activated she’d virus and valtrex combined with your immune system cleared it Not sure if your antibodies are detectable though in a blood test
  5. So to step back since you have what you think is an OB can you get it type swab tested so you know exactly what you are dealing with HSV1HSV2 or none. Prior to having sex your status was still not confirmed. You need to get swab confirmation Your boyfriend has said nothing yet about genitals just strep and btw my son just had step yesterday so it is going around Good luck if the swab is positive and it is confirmed then I will let the veterans chime in that this is not the end of the world
  6. ok 1.13 has a good chance of begin a false positive
  7. what were the results - this is a western blot? do you get lesions?
  8. antibodies are in your blood - virus only skin/nerves but then again they can measure virus load somehow? Unlike HIV you cant do a PCR viral load test with Herpes - yet somehow studies are able to measure high viral loads - how was that measured?
  9. @Gorgeous I think that is good but I do know people with Herpes who don't have these issues and do not follow a great diet. Yes do the thingsyou suggest but the difficult fact as well is that some people's genetic composition pre-disposes them to fight herpes very well while others do not. How many people do you know who get one cold sore in there life and then never get another?
  10. unluckyman/blurneworder have you called the University of Washington and asked to speak with one of the virologists Sent them a detailed email I would like to get their response. I just took the WB at 4 months and it was negative for hsv2 confirming the igg negative hsv2. Only thing I can think other then I dont make antibodies well for HSV is that I got reinfected with hsv1 genitally. Have had it orally but it is have never caused anything other then 1 outbreak a year and other then the outbreak ZERO symptoms. Not the case since I had the unprotected sex high risk encounter last December.
  11. Are you on valtrex BTW do others with herpes have these symptoms the 80% is that people don’t even know they have it there seems to be an unlucky subset that gets these issues I have read nerve Lainey al dies get better
  12. What is the likelihood that you contract hav1 genitally from a different source if I already have it orally and the antibodies control it very well ie the cold sores ? Wouldn’t the antibodies prevent new HSV1 from getting to nerves? Could I take longer then 17 weeks to produce hsv2 antibodies ? I am thinking after Easter go off valtrex and see if bumps return and get them swabbed again ? As far as past swab did not take antiviral but did put hydrogen peroxide on them all 3 times just before PCR swab but they were all less then 24 hours and I thought PCR was super sensitive Not sure what to do especially with Constant prodrome burning even though bumps don’t emerge note this happens with daily valtrex I started one day after WB blood draw so after Easter stop valtrex when they emerge do swab and then see ?
  13. Yes today was a good day and maybe the mild symptoms are something else like HPV ?
  14. Sad guy they actually say now 12 weeks post exposure for most I just got a negative WB at 17 weeks but I have hsv mild symptoms albeit 3 negative OCR swabs hsv is very prevalent in the gay community so be careful and use condoms and as difficukt as hsv is it is not HIV so truvada is a good call as well You actually emerged completely unscathed from this so breathe deep and have a buddy when you go out to make sure you don’t have unprotected sex even with truvada
  15. It was developed by Ana Wald and Rhoda Morrow. The virologist at the University of Washington dedicate their lives to studying herpes. In one study they had 835 people long time herpes positive confirmed by recurring lesions and positive culture or swabs They took the Igg herpes select blood test and 8 % actually tested negative but on the western blot all were positive the igg test looks at 1 protein which is the first to develop but the Western blot looks at 9! It is done by 3 lab techs who look at each hsv protein by size and laboriuosly map out HSV2 and HSV1 on special blotted paper As always there is a little wiggle room currently they say 12 week post exposure is definitive unless you have taken valtrex continuously since an unconfirmed outbreak On the internet some claim to wait 6 months but they may be ufvyou are immune compromised BTW you can call them and talk to them about anything at all! They want to help
  16. You should get a Western Blot Test from Washington
  17. BTW the official line is that it is very rare to be orally HSV1 and then contract HSV1 genitally from some else as the virus meets antibodies before it can get to nerve cells
  18. Did he get the University of Washington Western Blot? This will really confirm he is HSV2 negative
  19. So started valtrex AFTER UW WB blood draw got results back today and same as igg positive HSV1 cold sores orally for 40 years but negative at 17 weeks for HSV2 stl have burning down legs and on hands should I stop valtrex now 3 PCr swabs all negative as well but twice had pain in penis and bumps on top of shaft as well as redness on top of shaft ?
  20. I have had 2 ID doctors say you have to have fluid. However read the NUH studies on drug testing and placebo groups they involve swabbing daily and sending in results for viral shedding the nurse at the clinic acknowledged this and conducted the swab Ask u of wash virologist and they will tell you while it is a lot easier to get send of fluid if your pain is the greatest with a bump then this is when you have the most virus even though a bump is not a lesion It can be swabbed andbif done when bump first forms then tends to indicate it is not hetors again placebo studies where people swab daily is a key to that fact
  21. How was it confirmed did you have a swab during the OB?
  22. Hi I had a high risk unprotected sex with CSW in New York Dincevthen I have felt bad and was tested for all STDs All negative However I am convinced I did get Herpes I did not have a first outbreak until 2 months later and it was a red rash with painful tingling at end of penis Doctor said it was not herpes but gave me valtrex anyway since then I get small red bumps on top of oenis and red dots on the glans I also have constant burning down the legs and in the knuckles of my hands i have swabbed the red bump outbreaks for PCR 3 times all negative I had an igg test at 14 weeks that was HSV2 negative HSV1 positive as I have had cold sores since I was 12 I am now waiting on a 17 week western blot Right after taking the western blot blood draw I started taking valtrex daily and the bumps stopped but the prodrome remains every day better when I walk or run. Is my story typical of a new herpes infection ? Never had lesions and never had an outbreak intil 2 months later that was a red rash btw many people could not see the bumps as they are close to the skin and at first glance looks like a rash waiting on western blot hoping it will be confirmatory at 17 weeks
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