July 8, 2021 at 12:53 pm #74128
First – I feel so grateful to have discovered this page. I made an appointment with you for late July, but I am so anxious that i’m hoping this question gets answered sooner.
I recently got out of a 3 year monogamous relationship and got an STD Full Panel test. I get one every month or so, due to a STI scare in college. I am a 26 year old female.
I had unprotected sex with one partner in late March of 2021, who is low-risk for HSV infection.
In Late May, all of my results came back negative.
I then had sex with two more people in June (one protected, one not protected) and got another full panel STD test right after, in mid-June – less than three weeks after my last one. This panel came back with an HSV-2 IGG result of 2.06. I got this test (10) and (6) days after my possible exposures. 10 days with the condom – 6 days out from the encounter without.
I had no symptoms of herpes, but the timing on this was absolutely tragic – at the time of being tested in June, I had Strep Throat (tested positive) and started antibotics a few days after testing (which always give me a yeast infection). So all of the typical “first outbreak” symptoms like sore throat and a itchiness I had, but I truly do attribute those to the positive strep throat and yeast infection (which went away with medication). I had no sores.
It is possible antibodies could come up in blood this early, only 10 and 6 days after a possible exposure? I absolutely will be asking my physician to do a confirmation test, but I’m worried how soon I should do it. If my last possible exposure was on June 11th of 2021, when should I get the confirmation test or Western Blot? (I plan to do both.)
This diagnosis has turned my life upside down, given me suicidal thoughts, and wrecked my happiness. Not a day goes by where it isn’t constantly on my mind.
Basically, I want to know if it’s even possible for antibodies to show up in a blood test that early or if you believe it’s a false positive.
July 9, 2021 at 5:02 am #74169
I think it is very unlikely that you are testing positive because you acquired HSV 2 at one of these encounters that you describe. The encounter where a condom was used is very low risk as condoms reduce transmission from males to females by 96%. If the unprotected encounter was 6 days before the test, a particularly don’t think this one fits well with a new infection.
Is it possible to ask the person with whom you had unprotected intercourse to get an HSV 2 antibody test? A negative for that person would provide considerable reassurance that this is a false-positive result.
I do understand that you are really concerned about this result and that’s reasonable. But we need to apply some common sense here and suppose that this is more likely a false positive than a true new infection from either of these people.
July 13, 2021 at 11:36 am #74196
Thank you for this answer.
important to note that i also had UNPROTECTED Oral sex with the partner 10 days out from the test.
When should i get re-tested for this, and which test should I do?
I’m just feeling very nervous because I know 2.06 is a low positive, but not as low as these 1.5’s that I’m reading about, and i’m feeling very nervous that I did acquire it during one of these encounters and my next result will be a high positive.
I’m just very confused because all the doctors say it takes about 3 weeks to show up in blood. What’s the earliest you’ve seen antibodies show up in blood?
I was also very sick at the time of testing – could this impact anything?
Thank you again.
July 15, 2021 at 5:49 am #74223
I have seen someone go from negative to positive, 10 days after sex. That’s my earliest seroconversion story. At 6 weeks out, 70% of those who are going to test positive will do so.
Oral sex will almost never transmit HSV 2.
I have certainly seen false positives at your index values (when comparing to western blot)
July 22, 2021 at 5:44 am #74278
I’m not doing well.
My re-test just came back from re-testing 4 weeks out from a protected encounter (10) days with protection and (6) days without.
HerPe Select w/ Reflect: 8.15
This rose from 2.04 four weeks ago.
This still makes almost no sense to me. I was either in the 4 percent that gets it with a condom, or the earliest seroconversion story ever?
Should i still get a Western Blot? I am devastated and still confused.
July 22, 2021 at 4:16 pm #74305
I agree that this makes no sense. But I can see why now, with this much higher index value, you are concerned. it seems to me that the most likely source of infection is the unprotected encounter. Are you able to speak with this person at all to asked them to be tested?
When you say the partner in March was low risk, I’m curious about why you think so? You test in May may have covered that partner, but it was only 2 months – unlikely but not impossible.
I am not 100% convinced that you have HSV 2 at this point, but the higher numbers are definitely concerning.
Please don’t give up hope. Even if you are infected with HSV 2, there is definitely a full life left to live! This is a set back for sure, if accurate, but not the end of your life!
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