positive for HSV2, neg for HSV1
I decided to take STD test for all common STD's. I'm almost 40 and I had multiple sexual partners.
I suspected I'd be positive for herpes since so many partners I know had cold sores on their lips.
I got the results and I was negative for all STD's except one - HSV-2. And that was a surprise because I was negative for HSV-1!
How unusual is that? I know my sibling has HSV-1 and her kids has it. I would think I'd somehow acquired during childhood and just don't remember the breakouts.
And even more so, I don't have obvious symptoms of HSV-2. I did notice an itch on my anus but I thought it was just hommeroids or something insignificant. I never had "painful tingling sores" and I did even look at the mirror on my anus to look for sores. Nothing. No sores at all on my penis. Just an itch.
I honestly don't know what to say to my future partners. I would say it's not a problem for me but I suspect a lot of them have it and never tested it. And I am thinking, "Hey lets hook up! Just let you know I got herpes..." doesn't sound fun, does it?
But I would like to know if there are any potential complications associated with HSV-2 specifically. I've read about rare potential meningitis with HSV-1 but not HSV-2.
And I came one website saying that if you have HSV-2 without HSV-1, you're immune to HSV-1 but it cited no studies. But I certainly hope it's true. HSV-1 seems worse - I cannot imagine the pain of eating with ulcers and having visible sores for everyone to see.