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I don't like HSV-1 antibody tests

Hi, all. This is my first time posting on a medical support forum, and I suppose I'm just venting a bit of anxiety. I just want to say that I don't like hsv-1 antibody tests.

I'm a 32 year old guy and recently have had to return to the dating pool. After a condom scare, my current date went to an urgent care clinic and got a full STD work up including hsv antibody titers. She was positive for hsv-1 IgG and nothing else. She has never had cold sores. A little more than 60% of people our age have these antibodies, meaning that I in all likelihood have them myself, though I don't know.

So we both performed oral sex on each other last night, and I can't stop thinking about it now. She did not have any cold sores, never has to her knowledge. I know there's no concrete data on actual rates of transmission in this setting, but I guess I'm just looking for confirmation that I'm not at high risk of contracting hsv1 genitally from a single act of oral sex in the absence of sores.

In other news, I really don't like being single -- there's so much to be anxious about! Had she never gotten this test, I would not be anxious at all. Now I'm a basket case, which is why I'm here for support. Thanks, friends.
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It sounds like you are more than 14 days past incident. Hence given odds were 1 in thousands to begin with, then without sores you can be confident you were not infected genitally.
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No, we just had oral sex yesterday. But it does help to hear you say that the odds are that low. Do you happen to have a reference for that? I know I'm being overly anxious about this, and that it's far more likely that I would contract oral HSV-1 from passionate french kissing (inevitable, considering that ~90% lucky enough to live long lives will get it in our lifetimes), but I'm a numbers-minded guy and would benefit from your knowledge.
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Found a very comprehensive thread from 2009 that really calmed my nerves. If anyone has similar questions, this thread is really very helpful:

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