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- This topic has 4 replies, 2 voices, and was last updated 5 months ago by Terri Warren.
October 18, 2022 at 6:13 pm #79156
I decided to do a full panel with Labcorp and I received a negative for hvs1 but positive for hvs2 scoring 11.30.It’s says above high normal in red. So now I am freaking out. I never had any signs of an outbreak whatsoever. Is this number too high to be considered a false positive? Should I do a western blot or is this too high of an igg score to even spend the extra money on it.
I did have unprotected sex with a few partners in the earlier part of the year. I have not been sexually active for about over 4 months now and no symptoms.
If I should do the western blot how does that work and how much would it cost.
October 19, 2022 at 1:31 pm #79166
Minor update: I received an email from the company I set the panel up with saying due to high false positive they highly recommend (in bold) me taking the confirmation test (they only offer Elisa)
I set a consultation call with the physician and he was basically telling me no need to retest that it is what it is.
Should I take western blot which would take me weeks to find out or elisa which would be fairly quicker turn around?
Also I read that if you had chicken pox in the past this can throw off the test, which I did when I was about 10-11 years old.
Would that throw off an HVS1 or 2 test?
Also I am a male in my early 30s in case that’s important.
October 22, 2022 at 8:31 am #79195Terri WarrenKeymaster
I have had people with false positives as high as 17. I recently had someone with a 12 not confirm. If you have no symptoms and want to be certain about your HSV 2 status, you should do the western blot. The thing is, most people who have higher positives, like yours, don’t do western blots and so we really don’t know much about exactly how many people with high positives don’t confirm.
It is very likely that an ELISA IgG would be the same. It really shouldn’t be used as confirmation.
This is a life long STI and you should be certain you are actually infected before living the rest of life either taking meds or disclosing to future partners. Your call though. If money is a big consideration, that’s real and a factor for sure.
October 26, 2022 at 11:45 am #79221
Thanks for the additional info, I did the Elisa test just because I couldn’t find a way to get the western blot test done. Since I do not have a primary care doctor I have to wait for an appointment to become a client..This site seemed to be down when I was trying to reach out to get it done with you. If you still offer that service I would like to inquire about it
October 30, 2022 at 8:54 am #79250Terri WarrenKeymaster
The site is definitely back up and I have available appointments on the 7th of November.
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