March 31, 2020 at 8:04 am #69774
I recently found out that I tested positive for HSV-2, at an IGG value of 2.24. I have also tested positive for HSV-1 at a value of 5.03. I was recently tested near the end of October and my IGG for HSV-2 was 0.43.
Since my diagnosis I have been a wreck and cannot focus. I am an MSM male (usually bottom), and have had one partner since my last test. Sex was unprotected. My physician is acting like this isn’t a big deal at all, so I am reluctant to keep following what she says. I think I should be retested with the Western Blot Test and I am wondering what you think. I was also wondering if you could give me an estimate that my HSV-2 test was a false positive. Lenco labs conducted the IGG.
Sorry for my poor tone. I really have not been well since finding this out and I see a therapist regularly. She told me it would be beneficial for my grieving process to know for sure, rather than get stuck in the denial stage.
Hope you are well and staying safe during these uncertain times. It feels wrong reaching out to medical professionals about HSV during this time, but I really can’t think about anything else.
March 31, 2020 at 9:00 am #69775
I should add that I stopped having sex with this new individual mid February and that I have not had any symptoms.
April 9, 2020 at 2:19 pm #69815Terri WarrenKeymaster
I think you getting the blot is extremely important. And the CDC definitely agrees. There is probably a 40% chance that this is a false-positive result. Have you had symptoms of genital herpes at all?
Are you able to get your most recent partner to test themselves?
Let’s get a clearer answer – I can help you get the blot by clicking on the purple button on this website or you can work with your ow provider to get the blot.
April 26, 2020 at 10:43 am #70019
I think that getting the blot is extremely important too. I am currently quarantining in North Carolina but my PCP is in NYC. I don’t think I will be going back for at least another month so I am going to try to find a doctor here to help me get a test.
Last week I actually started to panic and thought that I was having my first outbreak, but it is only on my inner thighs. I get jock itch around this time of year every year, and although there are red spots and some itchiness, the spots don’t bubble up and blister and dont seem to cluster like herpes. The dry skin seems to be causing the irritation I know its hard to visually determine, but I am hoping to see a doctor this week to help. I will get swabbed too.
Also, I am finishing up a 3.5 month prescription of doxycycline for acne (and I get acne and keratosis pilarsis on my thighs too). I am wondering if taking doxycycline for this long has made me more susceptible to jock itch.
I have since reached out to the person I believe I contracted this from (only person I have been with since my test in November (last time having sex before that was in September)). He’s going to get tested but unfortunately can’t do much right because of COVID-19. I am going to follow up with him in a few weeks to ask again if he’s getting tested.
Thank you for responding, but I have one more question for now: What makes you say a 40% chance rather than 50%? Is it because my IGG is a little closer to 3.5, or is it because of factoring in the possibility that my IGG might be low because this is a potentially a new infection.
April 29, 2020 at 4:06 pm #70075Terri WarrenKeymaster
The closer the index value is to 3.5, the greater the risk of it being a true positive.
I think we might have talked on the phone, did we?
I can help you get the blot in North Carolina, if you end up need help.
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