Given this clusterfuck, it seemed that my test results very well could be inaccurate, and I wasn’t alone. While researching, I discovered that three of my close friends also got herpes misdiagnoses.
Treatment for herpes relies on consistent test results
My second round of blood results come back positive for Herpes Type 2. But given my lack of outbreaks (zero in the eight months since my initial diagnosis) and prior negative results, this see-sawing of results still wasn't conclusive enough to earn me a prescription for Valacyclovir, a daily medication that when used in conjunction with condoms reduces the risk of transmission to partners to 1.9%, according to medical studies conducted on patients with recurrent outbreaks.
Wanting to protect my future partners with such a low transmission rate, I visited an Infectious Disease Specialist. There I learned that someone like me, who is asymptomatic (no outbreaks), has a transmission rate even lower than 1.9%. In fact, according to an unpublished study performed by the doctor’s coworker, my transmission rate, when using condoms and immunosuppressive therapy like Valocyclovir, is closer to 0%.