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  1. I'm very sorry for what you have gone through. I have suffered from anxiety and depression for over a decade, following several traumatic events that occurred in my life. I have spent a lot of time unhappy and angry, too.. It is okay to ask for help and it is okay to commiserate and look for empathy. It is okay to feel sad and angry. I'm trying to encourage you to fight for your own happiness, though. It is *terrible* that you had to suffer from abuse and that you experience PTSD. But these things can make you stronger, and the fact that you are on here, looking for help, means that you a
  2. Antivirals can interfere with seroconverting (you can read about this at the Westover Heights website if you are interested), especially if you had started them immediately after experiencing symptoms, because they can suppress the virus so much that your body doesn't have a chance to mount an immune response. But you mention that you haven't been on them the whole time, and in that case, your body should have had a chance to mount an immune response. Can you clarify if by "not the whole time" you mean you took like a week or 2 off from them, or if there were a few months in there when y
  3. From the abstract: Compared with the UW WB as the criterion standard, EIA was 70.2% sensitive and 91.6% specific for HSV-1, and 91.9% sensitive and 57.4% specific for HSV-2. Sensitivity = the ability of the test to truly identify those with the disease. Specificity = the ability of the test to truly identify those without the disease. The key point here is the 91.9% sensitivity of the test - that is where the quoted 92% "accuracy" comes from. The low specificity in this case essentially means that there could be a higher chance of a false positive test
  4. Do you know what the swab was positive for? HSV-1 or HSV-2? It is rare to get a false positive with a swab unless there is some sort of lab mix up. After your positive swab, did you take antivirals? If so, how long did you take them for/are you still taking them? Antivirals can interfere with seroconversion (but if you have been off them for at least 12 weeks, your test should be accurate). Have you had any symptoms since the symptoms you had swabbed? Do you know for sure if the person who you believe exposed you had HSV? If so, which type? The IgG for HSV-1 misses up to 3
  5. You seem incredibly angry and distrustful, and I don't blame you. You have clearly been through a lot and have suffered deeply. It seems like you've been carrying this around for along time, and I don't think it is serving you. It seems like you have decided to confront these issues and deal with them now, so I hope that whatever you choose to do/believe/feel helps you to find some peace. You state that you have conflicting information about whether or not you have HSV-2. I'm sure you already know that the Western Blot is a superior diagnostic test than the IgG. This means that a p
  6. The Western Blot looks for all antibodies/proteins associated with HSV-2, not just IgG. The IgG test can miss HSV-2 if your IgG levels are low, but since a Western Blot checks everything, it's less likely to miss an infection. Western Blot is over 99% accurate for HSV-2. IgG is about 92% accurate. 17 years is a long time and it is possible that the results were filed incorrectly/not stored properly; especially with the switch to electronic medical records over that time period. Likely all records were scanned in, and they might have missed this. I would be really skeptical th
  7. Definitely don't lower your standards. No, not everyone is going to be okay with HSV, but a lot of people will. I agree with 100918; I raised my standards and was more selective after I got HSV-2. I didn't want to be vulnerable with just anyone. Before I had HSV-2, I was really guarded in relationships (this is because of a really bad experience with breaking off an engagement when I was younger). I had a lot of 6 month-ish relationships that ended because we never really became close and our time just kind of ran out. I didn't want to be vulnerable and I didn't share myself with those g
  8. It's not that HSV is so rare that it is misunderstood. It is that it is very common and most people don't have symptoms so it's not considered a major health issue. Many doctors depend on outdated information, and not all of them fully understand the implications of the IgG testing. You may want to do a little bit of research/call around and see if you can find a doctor who has experience with herpes. This isn't totally accurate; the immune system is more complicated, and it creates a lot of different antibodies to HSV-2. The IgG test looks for one specific type of antibody and most p
  9. So you have had no "positive" test where they provided you with an actual IgG value? Given that it has been over a year and you have never taken antivirals, I would consider the Western Blot. It's more expensive, but in your situation I think it will give you much needed information. If you are unwilling to do that, I would at least encourage you to do another IgG at a place where they will give you the index value. If your positive value has been below 3.5, which I would suspect is the case, since you've had equivocal results on several tests, then it would need to be confirm
  10. What were your index values for the IgG positive tests? Have you considered a Western Blot? Why don't you want to try antivirals? If you are experiencing symptoms that you believe are associated with herpes, it may be worth trying antivirals to see if they help with your symptoms. If they don't, it may be worth considering alternative diagnoses (which is not to say you don't have herpes - it's just that even when you have herpes, not everything is caused by herpes). Were you with your girlfriend at the time that you believe you were exposed to herpes? Has she been tested? As I'm sur
  11. I understand how it would seem liked you had to have caught this from oral sex because of where your OB occurred, but outbreaks don't occur only on the skin that was exposed at the time you contracted the virus. The virus enters the skin (in your case, perhaps at the base of the shaft where maybe the condom wasn't covering), incubates, infects your nerves, and then you have an outbreak. It can occur anywhere in your genital area. The skin on your glans is thinner than other skin in your genital area, and is more vulnerable to outbreaks. Also, tiny bumps with no pain and no it
  12. Condoms just aren't 100% effective at preventing herpes transmission because it's transmitted through skin to skin contact and the condom only covers your penis. Condoms do a better job preventing pregnancy and STDs that are transmitted through bodily fluids/membranes. You don't necessarily get an outbreak exactly where the virus entered your skin. It lives in the nerves, so it can show up anywhere the word enervates. So, just because your penis was covered, if another part of your genital area came into contact with the virus, then you would still have gotten it. It doesn't mean yo
  13. While it is possible for someone to have HSV-2 orally, it is very uncommon, and the virus reactivates in the oral cavity very, very rarely. Honestly, if someone is willing to take the risk of getting genital HSV-2 from sexual intercourse, I don't understand why oral sex would be off the table. Their risk of contracting oral HSV-2 is much lower, and the potential consequences (in my opinion) are less severe (genital HSV-2 can recur frequently; it is unlikely to occur frequently - if ever - if you catch it orally). I got HSV-2 from someone whom I only ever had sex with using condoms
  14. Swab is one of the most reliable ways to get a positive diagnosis. False negatives on a swab are not uncommon; especially if lesions are more than a few days old. However, false positives are very rare, and barring a lab mix up, you can be confident in the results. The numbers you have seen others post on this forum are index values on the IgG test, which is a blood test that looks for a specific type of antibody to HSV-2. There are different ranges on this test, and if your result falls in a certain range, your result may be inaccurate, and confirmatory testing with Western Blot is recom
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