October 14, 2020 at 6:53 am #71451clairo32Participant
Hope you’re doing well! So I did a comprehensive STD screening about 3 months ago and initially got these results for HSV with the IgG test.
HSV2: 1.23 and the reciprocal test came back negative
I did some research on your website and saw that this # on HSV2 could be in the false positive range, I tried to wait 12-16 weeks since my last possible exposure and get retested at 15ish weeks and I got these results:
HSV2: 1.17 and the reciprocal test came back positive abnormal
My question is: does that confirm I have HSV2? I was hoping after 14 weeks since the last exposure it would have risen to a high enough number where a false positive wasn’t a possibility anymore so I could have some clarity.
I know the Western Blot could give me more answers but unfortunately that’s not financially feasible for me anytime in the near future.
So basically my question is, what do you make of those results? And could get another blood test (after x amount of time, however long that is) where my results would be above the false positive range so I could have more clarity, until I’m able to get the western blot test?
I haven’t had any symptoms/lesions, not that I’ve noticed. I had what I thought was a UTI and took antibiotics and it went away, so not sure if that was a UTI or potentially a herpes symptom.
Lastly, I’m not concerned about HSv1 at all, I’ve had oral herpes since I was a kid.
I think that sums everything up, thanks so much!!
October 17, 2020 at 11:42 am #71475Terri WarrenKeymaster
If you are getting these values at 14 weeks out from a concerning encounter, then that’s as good as the test is going to get. With the two index values that you listed, there is probably a 90% chance that this is a false positive, and it could be due to having such a high HSV 1 index value. Since you can’t afford a western blot right now, I think if I were you, I would be using condoms with all encounters but NOT taking antiviral medicine until you can afford to get the blot. Condoms reduce transmission by 96% from males to females.
What lab did the confirmatory test? If it was LabCorp, I’ve had many people who test positive on their test who subsequently test negative on the blot, so I now give no credence to that test.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by Terri Warren.
October 19, 2020 at 5:38 am #71500clairo32Participant
It was AnyLabTestNow for both tests. Would it have been better to go to two different testing centers?
And I think for my peace of mind, I’m going to move some things around and get the western blot so you should hear from me soon for that.
October 19, 2020 at 12:43 pm #71510Terri WarrenKeymaster
I don’t think it matters much if you go to two different testing centers. I believe anylabtestnow sends out their tests to another lab anyway. I would be happy to help with the western blot
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