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Allow us to set your mind at ease and debunk three widespread herpes myths:. It turns out you can have herpes without knowing it, even in a monogamous hae. The herpes virus is the most infectious just before, during, and after an outbreak — when blisters are present. Blood tests are not always accurate and testing for herpes can be tricky. It can take two weeks to six months after being exposed to herpes before abd is detected in the blood.
To make matters more complicated, if you are low risk for herpes and asymptomatic, hrepes increases your risk of a false positive result. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC recommends against routine testing for herpes unless you or your partner have symptoms. The most accurate test is when you are able to take a swab sample from a new herpes lesion, but often times the diagnosis is made by a clinician based on your history and report of symptoms. Her;es the blood test can be expensive and inaccurate, it is not typically included in a sexually transmitted disease evaluation unless you ask your provider for it specifically.
If you do experience an outbreak, a skin swab — not a blood test — is your best bet for confirmation. If you have the virus, your doctor may prescribe a medication like Zovirax or Valtrex to keep on hand in case of a flare-up. And if you experience outbreaks often, your provider may recommend daily dosing.
The main issue is to have productive conversations around these issues.
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Michelle Konstantinovsky is an experienced writer, regularly producing content on a variety of wellness-oriented topics ranging from breaking health news to fitness and nutrition. Read 9 Responses. Follow - 1. I think the diagnosis should be confirmed here. What was the test and result that indicated a positive? With this confirmed then we can move to the issues you are facing, which I would suggest are significantly less a problem than you indicate.
It was an IgG and the value was high I believe over 9, can't remember. In that case this represents a very high chance of infection and given you have no memory of outbreaks, it also seem quite probably you have had this a very long time.
Do you also have HSV1? This would further explain having light or unnoticeable symptoms upon infection. True asymptomatic people are rare, but it is also possible for the sores to be small and unnoticeable. Perhaps reconfirming with a doctor where you control the process a little more should be considered. I'm not sure I'd accept a single test under such circumstances as a diagnosis.
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It is quite likely that your wife has HSV2, either as your giver or infected by you through the course of your marriage. The odds are as you suggest, and averages for people who know they are infected and avoid outbreaks.
It also presumes about sexual episodes a year, hence your odds are lower again as you suggest. I think it is best that you discuss the infection once confirmed with your wife. I'd suggest herpws work toward nothing being different, that you'll look to avoid sex during any symptoms and this will keep any chance of transmission very low if she doesn't already have it.
If she want more, then yerpes should test and then you can both compare statuses and decide herpe measures such as antivirals are appropriate.
OK, so her not being infected in 10 years with once a month unprotected sex is easy to believe if I have no open sores. I'm a little surprised to hear you her;es asymptomatic people are rare. So bottom line, do you think my wife armed with knowledge should believe this story? I'm not saying it is a story, it is true. I just have a hard time believing it as I read it back to myself.
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I'm terrified about her not believing it. I did say 'true asymptomatic' people are rare. Interestingly when these people participate in studies and are asked to examine themselves regularly for symptoms, a proportion usually identify symptoms within a few months the studies typically last! Yes herprs is entirely plausible that you have carried the virus for a long time and not know it.
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There would also be a chance that your wife is already infected and a test would confirm this. I agree though that the perception that you must have cheated could yoi arise.
I'd hope there is enough material around that if she read it, the benefit of doubt would come your way. Thanks for the great information. I'd like to hear others experience in similar situations. I know every one is unique, but I'm still petrified of my wife's interpretation of this. Each piece makes sense but it still strings together as suspicious.
Maybe I'm paranoid and she will be realistic and understanding. You could have the virus for year and never know.
That's what I think happened to me. And my current partner we believe doesn't have it.Apr 18, · I wonder if I could have had Herpes 1 and then got Herpes 2 from my new man?? Can you have both?? My Dr. told me it still could just be Herpes 1 but a more severe outbreak because of the trauma from all of the sex when I am not used to it. Aug 23, · Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2) is one of two types of the herpes virus and is rarely transmitted orally. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. As is the case with other medical Author: Corey Whelan. May 01, · I contracted genital herpes and found out it was from HSV I’m confused. I’ve read a lot about how HSV-1 can be passed from oral to genital contact, but not a lot about how likely it is to be passed genital to genital. Now that I have HSV-1 genital herpes, do I have to take the same precautions as someone with HSV-2?
He's never had a nit in his life. I had hsv2 in and now, I'm just getting HSV on my mouth and its So, I'm going to have a blood test to see which HSV it is. It really sucks :. Had the talk.