September 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm #74830carrh542Participant
Back in summer 2020 I was with a partner who had HSV2. We did not have sex at the time but did touch skin and in Sept 2020 I had what appeared to be a lesion. I went to doctor and the PCR came back negative, but she still said it was likely HSV2. I got a second test and had Igg level of somewhere around 3.4. I ended up pursing a relationship with the partner, but when we broke up in May 2021 I decided to get tested again. My Igg level was 1.30, but the “spec” test was negative, so my doctor said to get tested again. The next test was in June and the Igg results were <0.91 meaning negative (as you know!), as was the spec test. I decided to get tested in July and August and those two also came back with the <0.91 negative results along with negative spec tests. In speaking to a friend who is a nurse, she thought that perhaps my body was exposed but was able to fight off the virus, or maybe that 3.4 test was false positive and my doctor misdiagnosed the lesion. I have one more test I just took yesterday, but assuming its negative and about a year since I have been exposed (with now 3 negative tests), should I assume I am negative? My doctor told me that I should go back to living my live as I did before thinking I had the virus, but want a second opinion. Thank you!
September 13, 2021 at 8:42 am #74861Terri WarrenKeymaster
I would guess that you don’t have HSV 2. You don’t describe the kind of skin-to-skin contact that you had but normally, it takes more than just skin-to-skin contact to transmit herpes. You could do the western blot for a clearer answer that you can live with going forward. Your testing is certainly confusing. And there is no such thing as exposure to account for a false positive IgG test.
September 15, 2021 at 2:43 pm #74902carrh542Participant
Hi Terri, thanks for this. Just to clarify, after we decided to pursue the relationship and I thought I was positive, we did start having consensual sex, up until our relationship ended in April 2021.
I just received my latest test results (Sept 15, 2021):
HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec: 1.01 – High
HSV-2 IgG Supplemental Test: Reference Range: Negative
In case it is helpful, I went back and here are all my results:
Aug 8, 2020: HSV 2 IgM Antibodies: Reference Range: <1:10 titer
Sept 17: 2020: HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec: 3.04 – High….. BUT the HSV-2 IgG Supplemental Test was negative
April 28, 2021: HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec: 1.30 – High…. BUT the HSV-2 IgG Supplemental Test was negative
June 2, 2021: HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec: <0.91 – Negative
July 7, 2021: HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec: <0.91 – Negative
Aug 13, 2021: HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec: <0.91 – Negative
Based on the above, do you think I should do another test in 30 days bc this last test was 1.01 – High, even though the supp. test was negative? Or is your interpretation that you still think I am likely negative? Really appreciate your help with all of this – my results are not straightforward!
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