I was recently exposed to 2 new sexual partners(I am a heterosexual male). 3-4days after exposure, I developed several small pinpoint red bumps in my pubic area (bladder region). I began to get nervous about herpes (which probably hasnt helped). After noticing bumps in the pubic area, I noticed a very few very small red areas on my scrotum and one one the base of my penis. I also developed a big red itchy patch just below my left gluteal area. Anyway, after freaking out I went and got tested with a specific test for HSV1 and HSV2. The results were given to me by phone HSV1 positive, HSV2 negative.
Is 2 weeks long enough to detect after exposure? The test was done about 1 week after I noticed symptoms.
I went on Valtrex as a precaution. it has been a week since I was tested and put on Valtrex. Now one of the reddened areas on my penis has developed into an ulceration!! Should I get tested again?
So basically, you can know that as a baseline test, you were negative for HSV 2 and almost negative for HSV 1. Now you need to wait 3-4 months and get retested, because 2 weeks is definitely too soon for an accurate test.
I would say it is unreliable, yes. About 50% of people make antibody within 3 weeks, but the rest take between 3 weeks and 4 months. This test needs to be repeated when sufficient time has gone by to make antibody to be considered accurate.
Thanks so much for your input Terri. Obviously, I am extremely terrified and also worried that I may have exposed someone else. I know the only way to be certain is wait awhile and get tested again but I was wondering one thing: The range that my HSV1 was in suggests "recent infection". Is it possible I've never been exposed to HSV1 and just now acquired it-that is why its in the "equivocal" range? I know I tested early but it would seem if i had gotten hsv2 that it would have at least registered on the low end at 2 weeks?
Either is possible - that the result is a false positive or that you've been recently infected (you can eliminate the term "exposure" when thinking about herpes). You would not necessarily have seroconversion at two weeks for HSV 2, no.
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