November 19, 2020 at 9:02 pm #71836anxietyandantibodiesParticipant
I was diagnosed with HSV-2 through a Sherman Abrams Labs IGG test this week. My HSV-2 result was 6.34 and my HSV-1 result was .10. I was previously tested in late 2018 and was negative on HSV-1 and HSV-2, as well as all other STDs. I have never shown any symptoms; as someone who has a lot of anxiety I have always been hypersensitive about these things and would have gotten anything in this arena checked immediately. Prior to the test it had been approx. 11 weeks since possible exposure.
My test results were explained away by my doctor as “an exposure but not an infection, with little to no risk of transmission” and I was pretty much told not to worry unless I developed symptoms, which I was told was not likely since I had not previously had any. As I am sure is very common, however, worry and research (and not sleep) is just about all I have been able to do since hearing those words.
In doing so, I have developed a number of questions and concerns about the entire situation, including the accuracy of the IGG test (even though it seems 6.34 is a bit high for a false positive). Pointedly:
I am a male who has sex with other males, almost never penetrative or with extensive genital contact (one encounter with less than 1min penetration since negative test and no noticeable symptoms on partner). Would this encounter or my general practices put me at significant risk?
Despite what I surmise to be a relatively high test result, should I be clinging to any hope that it is a false positive, taking into consideration my history and lack of symptoms? Is Western Blot available in the NYC area?
Assuming the test is a true positive, what is the likelihood that I begin experiencing bad outbreaks at this stage in the game? I note I am in an extremely high stress career/constantly under high levels of stress and have been since the negative test. Currently every itch or tingle anywhere near my mouth or genitals sends my anxiety into overdrive waiting for an initial outbreak.
November 25, 2020 at 11:50 am #71878Terri WarrenKeymaster
with no symptoms, a previous negative IgG test and sexual practices that don’t seem to put you at much risk, you could certainly do a blot for confirmation and yes, we can get this for you if you life in NYC but you would need to travel about 75 miles to get it, either to CT or near Trenton, NJ.
I would say if it is a true positive, the likelihood that you will now start having bad outbreaks is low.
And your doctor’s information is 100% wrong. If you are truly positive, you weren’t just exposed. You were infected and are potentially infectious to others. But I think you might already know this?
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