Re: positive culture AND negative blood
You have your own little timeline going. Actually it does help to narrow down which partner/encounter caused the herpes infection. It takes GENERALLY 3-4 months for your body to produce enough antibodies to be detected in an IgG blood test. Some people less, some people more. One person on this board had positive culture and blood did not show positive until a year later.
A positive culture is basically 100% accurate. The only way it could be wrong is by gross human error by the lab. I.E. they put Mrs. Jones culture into a vial labled Mrs. Smith. Labs have pretty strict protocol to follow for testing so that is rare.
What it can tell you is that you most probably contracted herpes from a recent partner. It is not from someone you dated 1 or 2 years ago because if that was the case, your blood would have tested positive for herpes antibodies.
A postive culture and a negative blood test USUALLY mean you just got this recently. Only you can determine from your sexual life when that might have been. And yes blood tests can show a false negative. There is margin for error in any test. Right now you know you have type 2 and hopefully you know WHERE you have it. (Type 2 can occur in both the oral and genital regions.)
I would wait as your doctor said and get retested but be sure to practice safe sex and inform partners. Your partner should also be tested and future partners should be informed.
HSV-2 positive. Found out 9-27-07. Flu-like symptom 6-7-07.
Year one outbreaks Sep Oct Nov Dec Apr Jun. Ugh.
Year two outbreaks Dec Apr/May