January 15, 2016 at 6:38 pm #11456Tim1234Participant
I recently conducted a 10 panel STD test as it had been a few years since my last one (never tested positive for anything before) and I was about to start a relationship with a new partner. I have had unprotected sex with other women who I was in a relationship with since my last test (last woman I had sex with on 3 separate occasions at the beginning/middle/end of December). I have never had any symptoms, whatsoever (blisters/bumps/sores/discharges/itches).
I wanted to take the test mainly for my new partner’s sake in the event she asked. I took my test at a LabCorp facility. I received the results back and I have tested positive for HSV-2. Everything else came back negative. Below are the results for HSV 1 and HSV 2.
HSV 1: <.91 HSV 2: 2.04
Obviously, I am very concerned/depressed about my HSV 2 reading. Immediately after getting the results yesterday, I scheduled an appointment with my doctor today. As I stated above, I have never had any type of outbreak or anything that would resemble herpes until yesterday. As I anxiously awaited my results, I felt a ‘tingling’ feeling at the tip of my penis. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor immediately after getting the results later in the day. The ‘tingling/warm sensation’ continued. I saw nothing visible and it does not hurt to urinate.
I met with the doctor today and she basically told me I have HSV 2 and I should come back if I have an outbreak and they can give me medication at that point. I told her about my ‘symptoms’ and asked her to examine my penis. She looked it over and found nothing and was not concerned at all. It could just be in my head.
Given the fact I have really not experienced any true symptoms and certainly have not seen anything visible, I’m curious about my next course of action.
1) What are your thoughts on this situation and ordering Western Blot? I’m in Walnut Creek, CA and want to know the best means to order this test and have someone perform the draw.
January 15, 2016 at 10:27 pm #11460Terri WarrenKeymaster
At 2.0, there is less than a 50-50 chance that your western blot would confirm as positive, I would recommend that you do it, but not until 16 weeks have passed since your contacts in December. You could also retest with the screening test you already had done in March to see if your value has gone above 3.5 which would more strongly suggest that you actually are infected. We can arrange the western blot if you need one at that time.
January 16, 2016 at 10:23 am #11469Tim1234Participant
Thanks for the quick response. What do you think could trigger the IgG readings if it is not HSV? My body is producing antibodies but against what is the question. Could recent surgeries and ‘hardware’ have anything to do with it. About 3 1/2 years ago I had a string of 6 surgeries (last one ended up 18 months ago). I had some screws (metal and plastic) installed in addition to some other plastic ‘webbing’. I wonder if this could at all contribute to my body attempting to fight off something ‘foreign’.
I would like to order the West Blot test. Once now and then again in 12 weeks to reconfirm. Please tell me how to proceed. Thank you.
January 16, 2016 at 6:19 pm #11475Terri WarrenKeymaster
Some people simply have a protein in the body (non-virus related) that can falsely trigger the herpes antibody test. I happens not infrequently. No I would not expect any recent surgeries to trigger the positive response.
You can call the office to schedule a western blot test to be drawn at a lab near you. It is not fully reliable until 16 weeks from any concerns contacts.
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