Oral hsv1 is linked to Bell's Palsy, not genital. Herpes infects nerve groups, so if you have genital herpes, it doesn't affect your face, and vice versa.
There are other causes of Bell's Palsy, though, like Lyme Disease and Epstein-Barr, which causes mono. Yes, hsv1 is the cause for a large number of cases, but it's not the only one.
The other thing to note is that the IgG test can miss 30% of hsv1 infections. If you had a pre-existing hsv1 infection that is causing the BP, it could be that the test missed it.
Have they tested you for Lyme and mono?
Took a blood test last week and had an STI panel done. I am almost at the 4 month mark.
I am negative of HSV 1/2 and all STI’s applicable to a blood test.
My guess is that I initially had folliculitis and/or staph in the pubic area which was initially misdiagnosed as HSV by my doctor. Since bell’s palsy does run in my family, the stress from that misdiagnosis triggerd the facial paralysis.
Thank you for the feedback and support, auntiejessie. While this experience was emotionally detremental, I learned a lot and grew from it. I am very lucky and thankful.