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A year or so ago, I got with a new partner (I don't date often) and we became sexually active. As usual, I suggested we both get tested first. I asked my doc for a "full screening" and he told me that there's no such thing here in Oregon. He said we could test for whatever I wanted to, and I said we might as well test for everything. I discovered, much to my dismay, that Oregon doesn't test for HSV-2 (genital herpes) as a standard screening, and it cost quite a bit more than the other tests, but I went for it anyway thinking it'd just be good to confirm that I was negative - never had any symptoms of any STDs in the past.

So, I get my IGG results and, surprise! I have antibodies for HSV-2, but it's a low-positive... 1.9 and the cut-off is 1.1. Of course, the world dropped-out from under me and I was crushed for a while. I told him that I've never had any symptoms, and he said it just means I've been exposed at some point. I asked him what to do, and he said really not to worry about it - that 50% of people in Oregon have been exposed at some point or another (something like that), people don't usually get tested unless they have symptoms, and that I'm just freaking myself out. He said the chance, even with unprotected sex, is almost zero so it's not anything to worry about at all.

I waited half-year or so, then did a re-test just to be sure... my next IGG result came back 1.6, even lower? Still no symptoms whatsoever. My girlfriend broke up with me after my first test, and I've been in limbo as to how to approach this... I really wish I'd never been tested in the first place, as now I've got this damned cloud following me everywhere. I haven't dated in the past year because I don't know what I should say to a new partner, or if I should say anything at all. With such a low-positive, twice in a row, I'm seriously doubting that I have it at all. I even got 3 of my only 7 partners to get tested, and all came up negative. I had unprotected sex with them all, multiple times, and they're all negative...

So, am I just freaking myself out? I've only had sex with 7 or so people in my entire life (I'm 33), none of which have ever mentioned having STDs, and have no symptoms for anything. The partners who got tested came up negative. What to do, what to do... I hate that this one little doubt is keeping me from having a healthy, normal dating life. It's pretty ridiculous, actually, but I'm one of those people whose guilty-conscience keeps him from lying to people in a major way.
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replied November 29th, 2010
Welcome to ehealthforum.
The possibility of you acquiring the infection could be from any of the other 4 girls with whom you had unprotected intercourse (since 3 of them came back negative). As said earlier by your treating doctor, people can remain totally asymptomatic and not show any signs of infections. And not everyone gets tested if they do not have symptoms. The reducing levels of IGG could suggest that there is no active infection. You can have outbreaks in between. You can consider taking prophylactic treatment to prevent these outbreaks and from passing on to your future partner.
Take care.

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replied February 26th, 2015
Hey man, I am so sorry and I understand how you feel; I am in the same exact situation. Sometimes I wonder how accurate are these tests and if indeed they are really reading HSV or just something else.

All I can say is to have faith and not always believe science (Men created science, not science created men). I personally believe that science has something against humanity. lol. When I tested positive with 1.6, I was suggested medication by the doctors although I never had symptoms, and I refused them. I have never had any symptoms and my ex-partners have tested negative, so why medicine?. I recommend to try natural medicine just for precautions. I tried the Herpes-no-more for food to enrich your immune system and avoid alcohol to reduce and avoid outbreaks, just in case!

I know how hard life gets despite all doctors saying to continue a "regular life". It becomes like a "dirty little secret". It becomes hard to date because you are afraid to get anyone else "infected" or to just be misjudge by society. I daily feel dirty and guilty!

Maybe in the near future there will be a cure if indeed we are really positive.
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