I Never Thought That I Would Get HSV-2

by Amy

I'm 35 years old and have made very poor choices when it comes to intimate relationships. I started seeing this guy and of course had sex without a condom. 3 weeks later I had my first outbreak and feel like I have no one to talk to about how I feel. I'm still dating this guy, going on 3 months soon. He didn't know he had HSV 2 and has not gone to get tested. My doctor gave me the blood test, which came back negative, however the culture was positive. Therefore, she said my new guy was the one who gave me HSV 2. He must have not had any or a very mild outbreak. He claims he didn't know about it. I hate to bring it up now after the 1st outbreak has cleared. I just don't think he realizes that this STD will be with both of us for the rest of our lives. Since I was the one with the horrible outbreak, he just doesn't seem to understand. I hate having this and have no one to turn to for support. I can't tell my mom or friends, I'm afraid they would just lecture me. I wish I had someone to listen to me.

Hi Amy and Welcome to our Community. I hate it when doctors try to pinpoint the person they think has transmitted the virus but in this case I feel that she is correct.

Living with genital herpes is hard but it doesn't have to be. Like so many other people who are diagnosed, your feelings of loneliness are common. With 50 million other people having this virus, you are certainly not alone. This website alone gets nearly 500 new visitors a day. A clear demonstration of how widespread this virus is. The problem is that no one with GH wants to talk about it. That was the main reason that I founded this site.

Again, I'm glad that you found this site and I hope that the information here will help you discover that you are not alone.

Feel free to drop by any time and leave a question or better yet...help someone else. You'll be glad that you did!

To your success and happiness!


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Nov 20, 2011
by: Anonymous

How can the culture be positive and the blood test be negative?? What does that mean?

A Herpes Culture test is extremely reliable and very rarely does it provide patients with a false "positive". On the other hand, a herpes blood test can provide a false negative if the antibodies for HSV have not yet developed in your body. Sometimes it can take up to 3 months after exposure for the body to produce enough antibodies for a blood test to provide a positive.


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