I just got results back last week saying that I tested positive with genital herpes (HSV-2). I had three test done. One was a culture (but no symptoms was showing at the time of the swab) which came back negative, then I had a PCR blood test which specifically tested for the virus which came back negative, and then I had an antibody test on my blood which came back positive. My doctor ruled that I have the virus because I have the symptoms and the antibody test came back positive. Unfortunately I agree with her and believe that I do have it which sucks.
My question now is how did I get it? Who did it come from? Did I have it dormant for a long time and possibly passed it to others without knowing? So here is a hypothetical scenario that I would like to run by you guys. Lets say I got HSV-2 5 years ago and it has been dormant for 4.5 years with no symptoms (the 0.5 years is the first sight of a symptom). Now could I have passed this along to someone during those prior 4.5 years through viral shedding (which goes unnoticed) or because it was dormant it means that all of the partners I had during those 4.5 years will be clean on all test (culture, blood, antibody)? This will really help with finding a time line when I got exposed to it even though it is really hard to do. I have asked some previous partners to get the antibody blood test done (one reaching back to 2 years) to see if they will come out positive or negative. Just trying to figure out if I got the recently or in the past.
Oh and my last question. I have done my research and I am still trying to figure out if my HSV-2 can only come from someone who has HSV-2 or if it could have come from someone who has HSV-1 and then changed to HSV-2 when it was exposed to the genital region.
Thanks in advance.