March 18, 2021 at 5:02 am #73076
Hope all is well. 34M here. I had a new female partner on 2/12. This encounter included protected sex, kissing, and unprotected oral sex performed on me.
On 2/22 – 10 days after this encounter, I noticed 4 painless flat dots on my glans. I went to an urgent care center, they mentioned it could be herpes, however it looked more like broken capillaries. It is worth nothing that the day before this, on 2/21, I had a rougher than normal masturbation session in the shower with soap and squeezing on the glans.
The doctor did not perform any swab tests, however they did perform a blood test. My blood test came back HSV-1 equivocal at .92 IgG and HSV-2 negative. This blood was sent to Quest Labs. I was told to retest in 4 to 6.
The dots on my glans eventually faded away like bruises would over the course of 10 or so days. I had no pain, crusting, or fluids come from the area.
Because I can be a hypochondriac, I had another blood test done on 3/4. This time the blood was sent to a Northwell Health Lab. My HSV-1 came back at 1.19 IgG and HSV-2 came back at .37
I have had 3 negative HSV tests done in the last few years prior to this encounter. My last long term partner, prior to this encounter was negative for HSV as well. Someone over at HoneyComb mentioned that my antibodies are too high for a new infection and this is probably an old one from childhood.
What are your thoughts here?
-Can this be a false positive? Someone in the Herpes Community on Reddit yesterday posted someone with an IGG over 5 came back negative on the western blot.
-Could my infection be from this partner?
-Being that I have had no break out as of
– I am getting another blood test done this Friday, if the value goes up a second time, do you think this confirms my diagnosis?
-Do I need to be taking antivirals to protect other people?
I will get a Western Blot through you when my 12 weeks arrives either way.
March 23, 2021 at 10:24 am #73125
To add fuel to the fire here, I had another IgG test done at Enzo labs on Friday 3/19. The ELISA test came <.2
Now I am very confused!!
March 30, 2021 at 3:00 pm #73154Terri WarrenKeymaster
Are you saying that the ELISA for HSV 1 was <.2? I don't know what to make of your HSV 1 index value. the HSV 1 IgG misses 30% of infections compared to the western blot so I have little faith in the results when they are negative and probably a little more confidence with these low positives. But I have certainly seen false positives on the HSV 1 IgG with these very low positives. IF you have new infection it could be from this partner or it could be a false positive or the previous IgG tests missed a long standing infection. The blot would help sort this out for you. Terri
April 9, 2021 at 1:49 pm #73218
Yes Enzo said less than .2
I then had another test done with Quest a week after Enzo, and it back negative as well. This whole is a roller coaster. An infant I had spent time with has Roseola as well. Does that cross react with HSV tests?
Should I go for more blood testing for HSV or simply wait for the Western Blot?
- This reply was modified 1 week, 1 day ago by t1berius.
April 13, 2021 at 7:29 am #73259
Sorry, I want to clarify the above post, as I did it on mobile and it came out poor.
The Enzo result came back back at <.2
10 days after this, I went to Quest, It came back as .<1
Around the time of my equivocal (.92) and positive (1.10) someone close to me, and infant, had roseola. I know this to be a herpes virus, but I do not know if this cross reacts.
I find this ordeal very confusing. I have been negative for years up until this point. I always get tested after new partners. This short spike is a low positive, then negative again. I am hoping for a false positive.
Should I continue with the IGG tests hoping they all come back negative, or should I spend the money on the Blot? I am reluctant to do the blot due to cost and travel, but I will if I have to.
April 13, 2021 at 10:29 am #73261Terri WarrenKeymaster
Roseola does not cross react with HSV 2, no.
If you repeat the IgG test, it is still a questionable test. It still misses 30% of HSV 1 infections compared to the gold standard blot, so if you really want to know if you have HSV 1, you should do the blot.
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