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Need some advice Postive for Herpes 2! False positive?

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Good evening folks! I come here seeking answers making hopefully a miracle. I've had sex with someone who has tested positive for Herpes 1. We've only had sex twice one on December 19th and the other December 26th. Prior to this I've had no symptoms (as I know doesn't mean anything). After talking to her about it. Something didn't seem right. She accused me because 4 days after our last encounter she went to the dr for a sore throat and flu like symptoms. They diagnosed her with tontilities at first then when the prescripts she was using wasn't working her OBGYN confirmed she had contracted herpes. I'm freaking out. She was tested with a swap I took a blood test. There was a lot of kissing but sex was always protected. I did perform oral on her only once. I took a test for everything Monday and got my results back yesterday where I was tested positive for Herpes to with 1.4 (or 1.42 to be technical). My question to the forum is I been practically stalking the Internet reading trying to do research as I won't be able to talk to my dr will Tuesday after the holiday. I'm scared and me and my girlfriend of 4 years just got back together. I've seen cases where individuals were tested at a higher index and it was a false positive. I also read that taking the test before 16 weeks can show positive. With my 1.4 does that mean my numbers are growing because I've been exposed or have I had it all this time but it stayed in a dormant state. Is false positive a myth? Can these numbers possibly decrease? I have an occasional cold sore here and there but never anything genital. Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated. I'm praying that this is just karma catching up to me and things will work out in my favor but the odds idk don't look to well. Also I contracted a bad bacterial infection in my tooth due to tooth access where I had to take pills. Would that trigger the antibody? Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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@Helpless12 Cold sores are herpes sores, usually caused by HSV1. It sounds like you're saying you have a history of cold sores (oral herpes) and your partner seems to have contracted oral herpes. I don't see anything in your post about genital symptoms. HSV1 can be oral or genital, but it sounds like your previous lesions and your partner's current symptoms are both oral. Not sure if I'm missing something, unless you are unaware that cold sores are the same thing as oral herpes.


Or maybe you're saying you tested negative for HSV1 but low positive for HSV2? Be aware that the IgG test for HSV1 misses 30% of positive HSV infections. If you have a history of cold sores but tested negative for HSV1, it's possible that could be a false negative. As for the low positive, I can't tell if that's an HSV1 or HSV2 value. Either way, yes, it could potentially be a false positive.

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Optimist, I'm sorry I needed to get it all out so I was typing rather fast but yes I was tested positive for hsv-2 at a 1.4 value. It had been three weeks after possible exposure. I've never had any symptoms before her as I was with my ex for 4 years and there's never been a scare between me and her. I have had cold sores but it's never been fever blisters and I tested in July when me and my ex broke up, that was negative across the board and now I'm here. I'm trying to remain optimist (no pun intended) and hope that maybe my value could go down but I just rather have truthful answers for people who have possibly been through it and came out ok or vice versa.

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@Helpless12 I'm still uncertain of what you're saying. Sounds like you have a history of oral herpes (cold sores) but tested negative for HSV1 and low positive for HSV2. I think the most likely explanation is that you have oral HSV1 but tested negative for it which is not uncommon (30% of people with HSV1 test negative for it, unfortunately). I'm not understanding the distinction you're making between cold sores and fever blisters. As I mentioned earlier, cold sores are almost always caused by HSV and more specifically HSV1. Bear in mind I am not a medical professional, I'm just sharing my understanding based on reading as much as I could over the period of a year.


As for the low positive HSV2, sure, if you think you may have been exposed to HSV2 a few weeks ago (which I did not understand from your original post), it's possible it is not a false positive but instead an indication of antibodies beginning to build in response to a new HSV2 infection. If that's the case, and you're asking what it's like to have HSV2, that's different for everyone. For me it means taking an antiviral daily to set my own mind at ease (a personal choice, not a mandatory thing), knowing I'm reducing transmission risk. It also meant educating myself about herpes, and it means adding a brief discussion about it with new partners before becoming sexual with them. It meant processing a lot of emotions at first, until I was able to see it more rationally, setting aside the stigma that is out of proportion to the reality. Now it's a year later and my life is hardly different at all. Just the daily antivirals and disclosing to new partners, both of which are personal choices that give me peace of mind.

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