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An_193202 posted:
I recently found out I had the type 1 herpes virus based on a bioposy of a sore.  My blood tested negative for all antibodies to type one or two virus, so my doctor told me that this is a new virus.  My doctor also confirmed that I do not have the type two virus in my body based on the lack of antibodies.  My boyfriend has had cold sores in the past and was not surprised by the news that I had contracted the type one virus (although I had no knowledge of this before becoming symptomatic.  He had never been tested, so he went in to be tested for both viruses.  His tests came back positive for both HSV1 and 2, with the antibody count for the type two being very low, and his doctor says that he just contracted the second virus recently.  We've been together for three months, and he says he has been with no one else.  His doctor is telling him that if he has been with no one else, I am the only person he could have contracted this virus from.  Is there any explanation for this other than him cheating?  Is it possible for me to have the type two virus with no antibodies in my blood, or that the antibodies have just not presented themselves?   If so, how would be have the antibodies in his blood before me if he contracted in from me?  I'm totally confused, and beside myself that I am in this predicament.
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georgiagail responded:
You two have only been together for three months.

Antibody testing for viral based diseases such as HSV, HIV, hepatitis require at least a 3 month (90 day) time period for the most accurate results.

Therefore, your boyfriend was infected from a previous unprotected relationship prior to meeting you.

Gail
 
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62704 replied to georgiagail's response:
Hi Gail,
I'm totally confused, because my partner was married for twenty years, has been separated since August, and is blaming this virus on me.  He says he has not been with his wife since she left him in August, and has been with no one up until meeting me three months ago.  I appreciate your reply.  Do you think that now I am infected?  If it takes three months for the antibodies to present themselves, then I guess there is a good chance I will have them eventually since we have been together and he is a carrier. But I had zero antibodies in my blood for type two, and he had a low number of antibodies in his blood.   I appreciate any more insight you can give to me.  I'm feeling very foolish right now.
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An_193203 replied to 62704's response:
I know this was posted awhile ago but if you read this then I hope it helps you out. I don't think you have it unless he had an outbreak some where on his body that touched you skin to skin. Herpes has to attach to the nerves in your body to survive. You can NOT recieve it from using the same glass or towell as that person. If he did blame all this on you then there is something he is guilty of, hiding from, or just doesn't want this put on him. Doctors will normally say couples that find out about HSV will go into the blame game but if you're relationship is worth it and you trust eachother take it day by day and see if you still feel the same. This is something either person could have contracted some point in time being a carrier and just not knowing. Most people don't know they even have it. You either get an outbreak 2 weeks from recieving it or none at all for years. Most guys will probably never have an outbreak. It likes to come out in moist areas such as a womans vagina or mouth. Hope everything worked out for the both of you and if you do have HSV it's not the end of the world and you can still have an AWESOME relationship with someone who has HSV or not. You'd be suprised how understanding people can be that care about you.


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