July 9, 2019 at 1:07 pm #41457
Not sure if It matters but I’m sure I’m HSV 1 positive though I’ve never tested for that. I’ve had cold sores since elementary school. Probably get them 1-3 times a year. Lately it’s been bad I’ve had cold sores in three different spots at the same time.
In December 2018 I received a anonymous text message stating a recent partner tested positive for an STD. (Didn’t specify which one ). Of course I went to get checked for any STDs. I had the full panel done. Everything was negative including my HSV 2 IGG test my result was .70
From December 2018 testing to April 2019 I had 4 new partners ( 1 protected, 3 unprotected). I tested again Mid April 2019
Everything was negative but my HSV 2 was equivocal. My result this time was .96
I did have a cold sore healing up during the time I tested and the nurse said that explains the elevated number.
From April 2019 to The start of May 2019
I had sex with two women unprotected. I know I’m an idiot. Looking back I can’t wrap my head around how reckless I was.
After my last exposure which was April 29th 2019( was out all night drinking) 10 hours later I got extremely sick. Fever, body aches, runny nose, etc. Two days after possible exposure. I see red spots on head of penis but literally disappeared seconds after I see them after I pull my foreskin back and forth since I’m uncircumcised. It was just probably irritation. Since herpes doesn’t go away like that. Plus I had no pain while urinating. After that I saw no symptoms on my gentian area.
Went to the doctor May 3rd 2019 and the doctor prescribed me acyclovir for the cold sores. She said come back in a month and test when I’m not sick. I did not listen and Tested again on May 8th. Everything negative except Hsv 2. I received my results May 14th 2019. My result was 1.19.
The next day May 15th 2019 took the biokit and it was negative. It’s now 10weeks since past exposure. What should I do? I haven’t had any breakouts down there no blisters of any kind.
July 10, 2019 at 6:43 am #41721
The Biokit if a reasonable substitute for the western blot – not quite as good but good for sure. Your numbers are all really low and only one of them is positive, but just barely. I would guess that you are not positive for HSV 2, but that’s an educated guess. If you want more certainty you could do the western blot but my guess is that you are not infected.
July 11, 2019 at 1:58 am #42681
Thanks for the response Terri.
Couple of questions
You say IGG test pick up 92% of infections
Then how do you explain my 1.19 result. Does That mean there’s 92% chance that result is accurate?
Before I took my last IGG test which resulted in the 1.19. Then the following day I took the biokit which came out negative. I was on acyclovir for about a week. Could that have lowered my score or impact my biokit?
And both IGG and biokit were taken two weeks past possible exposure.
I’m 10 weeks past exposure, if I were to wait for the 3 month mark and retake the biokit and if it comes out negative, could I completely lay it to rest.
Last question, if you were in my shoes. would you have moved on after the negative biokit and put it behind you or would you do further testing ?
Thank you again. Truly appreciate your advice !!!!
July 11, 2019 at 7:45 am #43441
The IgG test picks up 92% of those infected with HSV 2, compared to the blot (100%). This has nothing to do with your 1.19.
You tested way too soon after possible exposure. it is very unlikely that if you were infected, your testing would be positive that soon. If your biokit is negative at 12 weeks out, you are very likely negative. I would definitely not have relied upon a Biokit done two weeks after a possible exposure, especially after a week of acyclovir! Antivirals can cause false negatives on the biokit and other antibody tests. A week is OK, even two, but more should be avoided if you are doing to retest.
July 11, 2019 at 11:24 am #43450
So even though I tested way to early for both test, how was my IGG able to pick up a positive reading so quick (1.19). If that IGG test was able to pick it up that soon wouldn’t the biokit be able to do the same since it’s a more accurate form of testing.
Also I’m confused about this statement
“ you tested way too soon after possible exposure. It is unlikely that you were infected, your testing would be positive that soon”
I’m confused because , I know I tested early and it still came out positive. So how is it unlikely I’m infected ?
My logic was if an IGG test could pick up the virus this soon no reason a biokit couldn’t either. The anxiety of knowing killed me so that’s why I retested. I also had no idea that it was too soon to test at the time. I know a lot more now then I did then considering I spend my days researching the web and forums to help convince myself I’m not hsv 2 positive and it was just a false positive and all this is just a learning experience to wear protection.
July 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm #43454
It is possible that this is a real positive, but again, it is really early to get an accurate result. If the biokit is negative it may be that it is too soon for that test to pick up antibody – they are not the same test, you know, and they may take differing amounts of time to become positive.
Your test result is just barely positive and one of three things could be going on here:
1) you are infected and you have just started making antibody and you are in the low positive range because you are moving from negative to a much higher positive and you tested when you were in the process of going from negative to a stronger positive.
2) you have another protein in your blood that has the same molecular weight as one of the herpes antibody proteins and it is tripping the test artifically
3) You were positive all along, just at a low value.
Because you previously had a negative at 0.70, I am thinking that the best explanation is #2. The 0.70 is a high negative, so I’m thinking that maybe you have that protein and it’s showing up as a high negative and then a low positive. It’s just too early to know for sure
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