July 18, 2019 at 10:46 am #44139
I’m hoping you can shed some light on my situation and whether it would be a waste of time to seek further testing. I’m 29, Female.
I had 3 sexual encounters with one person in December of ‘18, 1 protected 2 unprotected. The day after the last encounter (unprotected) I had fishy smelling discharge. I did not find this alarming as I have suffered from reoccurring BV for many years. This cleared up on its own after about a week. No other symptoms were present.
Over the next few months the fishy discharge would reappear after my period then go away. I’m no stranger to bv showing up after a period, but I’ve never had it show up after several periods in a row. (I’d say the following 4 periods). I still wasn’t alarmed as I’ve dealt with stubborn BV bedore and at the time I was under a lot of stress (moving to another state) and my diet was terrible. I would say after my March or April period was the last reoccurrence.
During the month of March I received an anonymous text saying a partner has tested positive for an std and I should get tested. I didn’t take this too serious as I’ve had no symptoms and the text had an unsubscribe option so I chalked it up to spam.
Then in June (6 months post sex) I went for a pap, And requested a full std screen. This is about 6 months since my last sexual encounter.
Everything came back fine aside from my HSV 2 type specific IGG which was 1.46 (preformed by Quest). I was shocked as I have had no symptoms, no cuts, sores, burning, itching, or aches. (which is why I waited so long to get screened post text).
I contacted my previous partner who assured me they had recently been tested and everything came back fine, though I did not see the results.
Is there any chance this is a false positive? Given my experience with BV, I tend to pay extra attention to that area and it’s cleanliness. I have never in my life noticed anything alarming, suspicious, or unfamiliar since my first BV encounter.
July 23, 2019 at 11:58 am #44345
There is an 85% chance that this is a false positive, yes. The CDC recommend that everyone who tests between 1.1 and 3.5 obtain confirmatory test – I like the western blot best. I would suggest that you pursue that testing and also try to see if the partner with whom you had sex mostly recently had herpes testing done as part of the STD screen.
July 23, 2019 at 12:42 pm #44355
Thank you for your response.
The test done on me originally was HSV 2 IGG, TYPE SPECIFIC AB. I spoke with my Dr. and there wasn’t any additional confirmatory testing done just the type specific antigen test. Would it be useless to go back to Quest and get an inhibitor or immunoblot (I’m unsure which one specifically they offer) or would you suggest just sticking with the WB?
I read of individuals who are truly negative continuously testing with a low positive at facilities such as these.
July 29, 2019 at 6:01 am #44599
I’m not clear that retesting is going to help you. They do the IgG AND the inhibition assay is the confirmatory test that they use BUT that test is based on the first test and since the first test is flawed, I don’t believe the second test can be trusted completely either. I have seen many positive inhibition assays with negative western blots so I do not recommend that test. it is universally agreed in the herpes expert community that the blot is the best test.
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 3 days ago by Terri Warren.
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