It would be helpful if you could tell us the type of tests you had done along with their results. No symptoms does not mean you do not have hsv2. 90% of people with hsv2 do not realize they have it until tested. Condoms also only protect against the transmission of herpes by 30%.
it was the type specific type of ELISA test and it showed positive for HSV2 and negative for HSV1.... ALSO you need to read a lot further in what i wrote if you are asking that since i did NOT say "NO SYMPTOMS" i said i havent showed any types of genital region herpes symptoms and no cold sores or oral hsv2 type symptoms either.. and i said that HE hasnt showed any symptoms and obviously i already know that him not showing symptoms doesnt mean he doesnt have it since i did say that I assumed i got it from him at first even though he hasnt had symptoms ever and i did say he is going to get tested... (i'm not sure what type of testing his dr is going to be using) but most of what i was asking about was for in case he does get results back saying that he is negative and does NOT have HSV2. because if it turns out he didnt give it to me and i did get it instead because some random moron was probably scratching or playing with their crotch a few minutes before touching my arm well i dont want to pass it on to him if i can avoid it. He is a GREAT guy as in even with us talking and the high likelyhood that he could have unknowingly given me HSV2 we are still able to talk to each other about it.. and even thoguh every time i call him to discuss something about this i always feel awkward before and feel like its gonna be awkward once we are talking it never is, as horrid and awefull and terrifying as going through this is (especially since from what i've read herpes CAN be deadly for people who have atopic dermatitis or eczema to start with if they get a bad outbreak because it can disseminate and spread to EVERYWHERE including internal organs and parts and eyes etc when combined with the two skin conditions) i honestly dont think i could have ever ended up with a better guy to be going through it with.
I read these posts quite fast and I am sorry if I missed anything. I read that you said he has never had symptoms which is why I put in that no symptoms does not mean you do not have it. The whole scenario of scratching your crotch and then touching someones arm is not how you contract hsv2. It is considered an STD because you need sexual activity to transmit the virus. Let's just wait to see what his test results are first before asking what of questions. Also if you could post your actual numerical value for the test that would help us futher examine your situation
there are false positive issues with the herpes igg blood tests. if you can call and get the actual numeric result to post here, I can better help you figure out if you need further confirmatory testing done and when it needs done ( once we know your partners test results ).
could this be hsv2 on your arms? it could be but it's doubtful. continue to follow up with your dermatologists as needed. It's also not likely you'd contract hsv2 on the arms from someone randomly touching you after they've touched their genital area - it just doesn't transfer that easily, even in the presence of eczema and immunosuppression from steroid use ( which is always a good thing! ).
as i stated before i KNOW that its not common to end up getting herpetic eczema (also called eczema herpeticum) (which is what its called when you get it through atopic dermatitis or eczema lesions and NOT through direct oral or genital contact)...
@ franklinandbash yes hsv CAN be gotten by someone touching an arm (or anywhere else that has a severe atopic dermatitis flair up or eczema flair up.... and herpes is not JUST an std it CAN also be transmitted by kissing or people touching themselves while they've got an outbreak and then touching another person in an area on that person that is susceptible to the virus. in any case that wasnt what i was asking about since i've DONE the research and know it WOULD have been possible to contract it that way and that i'm just lucky that i didnt end up with it disseminating and killing me which DOES happen sometimes with eczema herpeticum.
@ gracefromHHP considering that in the past year i've had several times i've been put on prednisone for various reasons in ADDITION to having to use betamethasone ointment
and quite frankly one source i read likened the chances of HSV spreading to a person via their eczema with the Analogy of forest fire and dry undergrowth..
so as i said before my post on here was NOT asking about the chances of how i caught HSV2 . what i was asking about was i was wanting to know that IF my partner turns out to be negative so far i wanted to know if anyone had any experiance to know what the chances are that he might end up catching it from me if we do continue our relationship.
At this point we need to confirm your own status as well as that of your partners. Once we have more information, we will certainly provide you with the additional information that you and your partner can take into consideration for as far as deciding what precautions to take together. You can get the risk to a male partner down to 1%/year of contracting hsv2 from you on average.
Also keep in mind that even if you do actually have hsv2, doesn't mean that this is what is going on on your arm. I understand that when you read about hsv and eczema it does present as rather scarey but thankfully eczema herpeticum doesn't happen all that often especially in adults. Without a + lesion culture from your arm, no way to know for sure.
also as I previously have said, you won't get herpes from someone touching your arm unless of course they had an active herpes ob on their hands/arms when they touched you and even then the risk of such is still rather low.
please do not hesitate to pay to post to Terri Warren, our herpes expert here on medhelp for additional help since you don't seem to be believing much of what we are saying so far.
The herpes you are referring to in your kissing comment is hsv1. I never said anything about hsv1 as your post only asks about hsv2.. I never comment on a post where I don't feel my advice is somewhat accurate. Also be very wary when researching herpes, or any other subject online. There are sites out there with very outdated information . I also highly agree with Grace that
you post to Terri Warren as you obviously do not
believe things being said on this forum.
Hope all is well.