February 25, 2021 at 5:24 pm #72965
I had two unprotected sexual encounters, one on 1/17/21 and another on 02/07/21.
I was previously tested through lab corp for HSV 1 + 2 on 12/20/20 and was negative at <.91
I tested again on 02/15/21 and results came back equivocal at 0.96 for HSV1 and negative for HSV2.
I tested again on 02/22/21 and results came back at 1.01 or 1.11 for HSV1 and negative for HSV2, I haven’t received a copy of these results only a phone call from my local urgent care and am unsure of the index number.
I have not had any lesions, sores or blister but have had other symptoms that I cannot explain.
Loss of appetite, nausea, a metallic taste in my mouth and headaches. I plan on testing for COVID-19 as well to rule that out.
Should I get another IGG test done or should I move forward with the Western Blot test?
February 27, 2021 at 7:01 am #72981
Also I wanted to add…
I have a history of testing negative for HSV1.
On the night of 2/7/21 I may have kissed someone as well as I was intoxicated and cannot recall the entirety of the night.
The person I engaged in intercourse with the night of 2/7/21 I had already given oral sex to from July 2020 till present but 2/7/21 was our first time having sexual intercourse.
What is the likelihood that I contracted from either one of these encounters?
If haven’t received oral sex in the past two years, is it safe to assume that my HSV1 is oral and not genital, since it was probably recently contracted?
If I have oral sex(F to M) with my boyfriend then have unprotected sex can I pass the oral herpes to myself genitally?
February 27, 2021 at 4:56 pm #72989Terri WarrenKeymaster
I would say with an index value that low, we can’t be certain that you have HSV 1. The IgG test for HSV 1 is notoriously not great, so it’s really impossible to know what to make of your results. This could be a false positive or it could be that previous tests missed an old HSV 1 infection (it misses 30% of HSV 1 infections) or it could be a true positive. If you do the blot and your western blot is positive for HSV 1 we won’t be able to know if your infection is oral or genital.
Another option is to do another blot in 4 weeks and see if your HSV 1 index value has gone to a much higher level. If it has, that suggests a new infection from the February encounter. And if you develop a lesion anywhere, be sure to have it swab tested while you wait to do another test.
You’ll need to wait 12 weeks from the concerning encounter to get the western blot anyway.
March 10, 2021 at 3:55 pm #73053
I had another HSV 1 & 2 IGG test done on Monday since I was due for my last Gardasil shot at my OB-GYN. Monday will make 7 weeks since my concerning encounter. My results came back equivocal at 0.91 for HSV1 and negative for HSV2.
I was sent the kit for the Western Blot test and asked my doctor if she could complete the form provided.
She stated that a Western Blot could be completed in-office and sent to Lab Corp.
I was a bit confused because from my understanding only the University of Washington offers such testing.
Have you ever heard of Lab Corp testing for the Western Blot?
March 18, 2021 at 12:44 pm #73091Terri WarrenKeymaster
LabCorp does not run the western blot but it is possible that they could transport the sample to UW. I doubt it. Your doctor could be confusing immunoblot (far below desirable) with western blot.
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