June 22, 2021 at 5:44 am #73987crickcrack11Participant
In 10/6/2020 I had full STD testing including HSV1 & 2. Everything came back negative. In March 2021 I experienced itching in vaginal area and painful urination. I was diagnosed with acute vaginitis with a UTI. The provider including the following in the notes: “UA positive for small leukocytes, scant white external discharge, and rash on external vagina.” No lesions were found. All the symptoms cleared up in less than a week with prescribed meds.
On 6/4 I had STD testing done as part of my annual physical, including HSV2. My HSV2 Type Specific IgG result was a low positive, 1.26. The HSV 2 IgG supplemental test was negative. I retested again on 6/17. The HSV IgG was still low positive at 1.28. The supplemental test came back negative again. On 6/17, I also had the HSV 1 & 2 IGM, which were also negative. All labs were done by Labcorp.
In the weeks between the two tests (June 5 – June 17) I start experiencing tingling sensations all over my body (arms, abdomen, back, limbs), but mostly in my legs and feet. The sensations come and go, and sometimes are accompanied with a pain and heaviness in legs. My provider didn’t really have a good explanation for these symptoms but said it could be related to my anemia, low B12, or even my Sjogren’s syndrome. She did mention that HSV 2 can sometimes cause these types of symptoms.
Aside from the UTI and vaginitis I had earlier in the year and the tingling sensations, I have no other symptoms. Since the negative HSV tests in October 2020, I have only had one sexual partner. To my knowledge they were also negative as of October 2020. I wanted to have more clarity on my situation before I raise the issue with them now.
Question: How should I interpret the supplemental test results? Do the negative supplemental results suggest that initial tests were false positives? IF my partner turns out to be negative, should I still pursue Western blot? I’ve had no other sexual ecounters so not sure how I could be positive.
June 23, 2021 at 10:20 am #74012Terri WarrenKeymaster
Question: How should I interpret the supplemental test results? Do the negative supplemental results suggest that initial tests were false positives?
They do. I have zero confidence in positive supplemental tests from LabCorp as I know have 25 people who tested positive on their supplemental test and negative by western blot. But the negatives on the supplemental test seem to agree quite well with negative western blots.
IF my partner turns out to be negative, should I still pursue Western blot? I’ve had no other sexual encounters so not sure how I could be positive.
I don’t actually think you need to go further if your partner tests negative.
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