September 8, 2021 at 7:54 pm #74789positiveorpeaceofmindParticipant
I have scanned this forum front to back. Thank you for your knowledge & patience to educate confused (and devastated) people like myself.
I am a 26 yo woman.
I received oral sex once when I was 15. I am unaware of his sex history & didn’t know any better to ask first. But, our genitals were never exposed to each other.
I didn’t have penetrative sex until I was almost 18, with my boyfriend, who was my only partner from 17 until 26 (now). That relationship has ended but during our time together – neither of us EVER experienced an outbreak, & we mainly had unprotected sex. I saw that man & his genitals almost everyday (hormones. sorry, Mom!) so I’m pretty sure.
I started dating a new guy in March 2021. I asked my GYN to test me for everything including HSV on 4/16/21. I had never been tested for HSV before & she explained that “knowing” I have herpes without ever experiencing an outbreak really isn’t helpful because I may never have one. But, I requested the test anyway to be sure. Probably my biggest regret ever, btw 🙂
All other tests came back negative.
I also received 3rd dose of Gardasil vaccine the day prior to my STD blood tests. Any possible correlation to a false positive?
My Results – collected by Kaiser, processed by QUEST:
HSV1 IGG: 3.50
HSV2 IGG: 1.42
HSV1 IGM: NEGATIVE
HSV2 IGM: NEGATIVE
(I know IGM tests are not reliable but still wanted to share)
Cold sores? Nope. Genital sores, rash? Never.
I was stunned.
Mr. March & I are still dating and we’ve since had unprotected sex many times. He still has not had a genital outbreak or shown mild symptoms before sex with me or after my results.
I asked my GYN to help me do the WB. She told me it was unnecessary & to confirm with the Inhibition assay at Quest. I declined.
A part of me wants to just accept my symptomless body, partners, and chalk it up to a false-positive result. Then again, I want to know for certain.
I live in MD. Any labs for WB you can recommend?
September 13, 2021 at 7:56 am #74851Terri WarrenKeymaster
Wow. Your sexual history definitely does not suggest that the HSV 2 is real.
However, it is likely that the HSV 1 is a true positive, though we can’t be 100% sure.
You are the perfect person to get the western blot and I’m so surprised that your doctor is unaware of the CDC STD guidelines around the fallibility of the HSV 2 IgG test at low positives. She also doesn’t seem to be aware of the recommendations never to use the IgM test.
We can definitely find you a place near where you live to get your blood drawn, no worries, but the blot. I would suggest that you work with your own doctor if you wish, but that doesn’t sound like a good idea, given she doesn’t understand or is aware of the guidelines.
You and I can set up an appointment and get this process going. In the meanwhile, go ahead and order the western blot kit from UW. 206-685-6066. Then you’ll have it in hand when we meet. I think tomorrow is full but I have openings on the 21st.
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