June 29, 2021 at 4:48 pm #74092
Hi Terri, I had protected sex/ sexual contact with a partner of mine on May 6,2021. Before we began protected sex, we started with foreplay in which our genitals rubbed each other. One thing I noticed is that she had a light pink rash near her anus in which my penis rubbed. Seemed like four small bumps when I looked into it. She said it only burned and itched. I got skeptical and asked her what it was and she said it was nothing and that it was caused by a razor cut and/or underwear. I didn’t question it further and we had protected sex after that. We had protected sex again towards the end of the month and our genitals rubbed each other again. But the rash wasn’t present anymore; during this encounter it burned to I urinate after.
I went to get tested on 6/4/21, since I noticed 2 small bumps on the head of my penis. They were very small and didn’t hurt or itch or anything. In the same week I noticed itching on my penile shaft and burning when I urinated. I also noticed 2 more small painless bumps but those cleared up in less than 3 days. The small red bumps cleared within a week and left no scaring. During that whole month I experienced leg pain and/or prostate pain. My doctor told me it wasn’t herpes and decided I get a full STI Panel done. I forget to mention that I’m also getting checked for prostatitis.
I get a call the following week from my doctor. I am negative for all STD’s except for HSV-1. My Index Value was IGG 1.10 High. I’ve been checked before for Herpes 1 and 2 on IGG and examinations and have tested negative all the time. My doctor put me on Valacyclovir for 7 days. Which didn’t help I still have itching and somewhat pain in my urethra. I’m getting tested on 7/6/21 again. Is there a chance this can be a False Positive given the IGG 1.10 Value. Do the symptoms I show sound herpetic? Can this be an old infection? Or will I test positive on this new test? Help
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Positive for HSV-1 IGG 1.10
July 8, 2021 at 4:01 pm #74134
Are you sure it said positive? 1.10 is the cutoff for positive and if that is indeed the value associated with your test results, there is about a 90% chance or greater that this is a false positive result. I would recommend a western blot for clarification, as the CDC suggests. And check to be sure it is actually reading positive on your lab test results.
July 9, 2021 at 12:05 am #74154
Hi Terri, thank you so much for your response I really appreciate it. I questioned my doctor on it multiple times he said that the IGg tests are very sensitive. That it was positive and I tested at >1.10 which is HIGH according to the result. This is why I was put on valacyclovir since he said that the symptoms I was having could indeed be genital HSV-1. Or that it could’ve be from a recent infection; I just didn’t know I’ve had it. I haven’t re tested yet I will be doing that next week on IGG for Herpes 1 and 2.
The last time I was fully tested was on March 1st,2021 and tested negative for everything. What I do remember from my encounters from my partner is when I kissed her 2 days later my mouth hurt pretty bad; under my tongue and gums. This happened on two occasions. I never had any sores show up or anything on my lips or in my mouth. My questions would be from all the symptoms I’ve shown from my genital region to mouth sound herpetic? Was her rash she had concerning. Is there a possibility that I will test positive since time has passed about a month now and be conclusive?
I get tested regularly to keep my partners safe when I get into a new relationship. Throughout all my examinations I’ve never tested positive for HSV 1 or 2 and practice safe (protected) sex. I have told her that we might have to speak about something soon but not until I get a conclusive answer. She was the only one I was seeing up until now after my negative March result. I have also abstained from having any sexual contact because of this. Because of the positive result I was given I’m thinking the worst, Thank you for all your help.
July 9, 2021 at 5:06 am #74171
So now I am confused. Did the result say positive AT 1.10 or did the result says positive at >1.10? If the later, it could be any value greater than 1.1 which would be a very unusual way to present the results. Are you sure when you quote that you aren’t looking at the reference ranges, not your actual index value?
If you are positive at 1.1, there is a HUGE chance that this is a false positive.
Would your partner agree to be tested to help sort this out?
July 10, 2021 at 2:26 am #74182
Sorry for the confusion yes the result said positive, I was at 1.1 just enough to make me positive. From what my doctor told me this is why he put me on valacyclovir. To treat the on going symptoms I was having for a week on my genital region. Which included small painless red bumps, itching on my penile shaft which lasted for a day. The small bumps cleared within in a week and others cleared in two-three days. Plus the intense itching in my urethra which caused it to hurt as well. That lasted for a good week and a half. No sores or anything present in my urethra just redness. The valacyclovir did not help at all. My doctor said that by re testing at a later date my index value could go up; and this test will confirm if I have Herpes 1 or not.
As I mentioned I will get tested next week on Friday. Will the antibodies be present enough to detect it (For both her and I). A lot of time has passed since. I’m hoping this is a false positive, I am going to get in contact with her to have her tested as well. Should I get a western blot if the results show up positive again?
Results on 6/4/21: 1.1
>=1.10 Index Positive Antibodies specific to HSV 1 IgG detected
Results on 3/1/21: .73 <=.90 Negative
July 15, 2021 at 5:14 am #74211
I suspect your result will be close to the 1.1, either just under or just over. Anything under 3.5 needs a confirmatory test. The IgG test has many false positives in the low range – at 1.1, there is probably a 90% chance that this is a false positive.
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