Re: Simple Question
Re: Simple Question
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Posted by FD
on December 20, 2000 at 12:09:22:
In Reply to: Simple Question posted by J.D on December 13, 2000 at 06:55:38:
: I've had several non-protected sexual experiences before. All of them were low risk and the ladies said they were tested. I got tested 2 weeks ago for HIV and other STD's and everything went fine. My question is: Is it posssible that I may have the virus without any symptoms ever showing? Are there any tests I can take?
: Thank you
Well, the bad news about herpes is that many people are carriers, especially men. The last figure I heard was something like 80 percent of the human population actually carries the virus with no symptoms, and that most of the carriers will never show symptoms in their lifetime, even after a partner contracts it and shows symptoms.
There are no real tests for herpes if you are not exhibiting symptoms. Most docs can only test an open sore...so basically, if you have a sore, go in and get it checked. There are other tests out there, but most offices don't carry/know about them (a type of blood test that I've heard about but no one seems to really know anything about when asked). The bad news on that: you can get tested for every STD in the book and herpes won't show up unless you are having a sore and they specifically test the sore. So even though the ladies you slept with had been tested, unless they were having an active outbreak, it wouldn't show up.
The good news: If you aren't exhibiting symptoms (and never have), and your partners haven't either, you are most likely ok. Just practice safe sex like you would anyway. Herpes can transmit itself without symptoms (known as asymptomatic or atypical shedding), but generally if you have never had an outbreak, and have been safe, you won't be transmitting it atypically as long as you have protected sex. (This includes using a dental dam for oral sex, no fun but a good idea.) Atypical shedding generally occurs from a partner who has had active outbreaks in the past or is in the tingling stage of a new outbreak. In those cases, even protected sex can transmit the virus. (When it's in it's active or pre-active state.) This doesn't sound like it applies in your case.
I hope that answered your question. And of course, everything I said is the opinion of a regular person and not a doctor. For more info, ask you doc or go to the nearest clinic. Good luck. :)