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Herpes transmission and herpes test numbers?

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So, I know I read somewhere on here that the higher the number in the test for herpes, probably the longer the person has had herpes? My BF's test came back >5 (which was very high according to the dr). However, when he was tested the year before, he didn't have it. So, could it be he had it, but it just wasn't showing up yet? Also, is it true transmission is the highest the first 6-12 months? Where is this information? Is there a website or journal article that can show me this info? I'm just now getting started in my research. Thanks!

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Well it's possible he was in the first 4 months post exposure when he had the first test. That said, I've seen a LOT higher numbers on test results ;) I don't know of any sites that discuss the numbers as far as what they "mean" outside of whether it's a negative or positive result.


Adrial has a great set of handouts and an e-book at this link - I would check them out and see if they have what you are looking for ...


Handouts + disclosure e-book:



And yes, transmission is highest in the first year because your body is just learning how to fight the virus so you have more OB's AND you won't necessarily know what your prodromes/symptoms are if you have mild OB's. ;)

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