Forum on Safe Sex and HIV Prevention: Did I test wrong?

Forum on Safe Sex and HIV Prevention: Did I test wrong?

I found out about 3 months ago that I had hsv2. I have done some reading and still have a question. The lube was definitely the wrong choice, and it dried my girlfriend out and really irritated my penis, it made it raw and frankly really cut it up. My swab test for the herpes revealed a positive for HSV-1, and a negative for HSV-2 (so I assumed I must have acquired the virus from oral, or something like that). Herpes usually takes about 4 weeks before you show symptoms. I noticed after getting home the next day that there was some blood in my underwear. Presumably hers from me not really cleaning myself off after.

Stupid I know. He said the test would take about a week to get back, but he gave me five days of aciclovir that I could take in the mean time. Again, I did get a positive for HSV-1, but I would like to know how accurate the negative result for HSV-2 would have been for this test? Also, nondisclosure of a STI/STD cannot be put 100% at fault with the ‘carrier’ because any new sexual partner could have asked for testing/test results before the first sexual encounter occurred. Super small little scabs or mouth sores all over my hard palate. They seem to come constantly, never going away. 12 months after exposure I thought I needed to test because I can’t get my mouth to clear up and my stomach is always constantly gurgling and making weird sounds.

All of the sudden, I could not pee! I was told to put the swab in my mouth in my upper gum. However if you believed the relationship is getting serious and ‘monogamous’ then both partners should get tested TOGETHER for HIV and STIs panel. After about 30 seconds the guy said no not like that, on your gums above your teeth. I rubbed the swab hard on my gums and again pushed it way into the saliva on the rear sides of my mouth. I probably over did it for sure. I was hospitalized for seven days.
Forum on Safe Sex and HIV Prevention: Did I test wrong?

Now 5 months later my wife has shingles. Don’t do that. My mouth has weird super tiny ulcers all over. I am starting to question if I did the test wrong because Orasures site says DO NOT touch the swab on your cheek or tongue or roof of mouth. Can you please explain why. I am sure something is obviously wrong with me, and yes it is most likely herpes, i just want to be sure its not some other condition that could be being confussed with herpes. I called Orasure and they said you should probably test again.

Infections like HSV 1 & 2 “Herpes” or HPV; the virus that is responsible for genital warts and cervical cancer for some strain types, cannot be locked by condoms since condoms can never cover the whole infected area, while HIV is perfectly blocked by latex condoms, since it is already a weak, and fragile virus not easy to transmit at all. My wife’s shingles scare me too. Can you get the wrong result by loading up the swab with saliva. Please help of course I am scared for my wife’s health. Mine too but, I was the stupid one. We were having problems but, I never meant to harm her. Should I retest?

Thank you so much Doctor Bob. God bless. Unprotected sex does place you at some degree of risk for STDs, including HIV. Consequently, HIV testing at the three-month mark is warranted. I tend to doubt you invalidated your OraSure test, but if you are uncertain, why not just retest to put your fears to rest? You’ll have an accurate result in 20 minutes. I cannot diagnose the cause of your mouth symptoms over the Internet.

I tend to strongly doubt they are HIV related. I suggest you have your doctor evaluate the problem. As for your wife’s shingles, please know that the vast majority of cases of shingles have absolutely nothing to do with HIV! Q&A TERMS OF USE This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional. Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors’ questions or the experts’ material.

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