November 23, 2020 at 12:06 pm #71846FrancisscottkeyParticipant
Hi Terri, I wanted to run my hsv2 results by you and get your thoughts on whether this could be a false positive and if I should do a western blot.
I recently had unprotected sex for the first time with a girl I recently started dating on Nov 8, 2020. Prior to this girl, I had protected sex once in the beginning of March 2020 with a girl I was dating at the time and another instance of protected sex in February 2020 with the same girl. I was tested for STD on Nov 13 and received my results on Nov 21.
HSV results from Labcorp:
Hsv1 – 13.80 (I understand this is a true positive)
HSV2 – 1.32 with negative supplemental test. (The nurse advised this means I am positive for HSV2)
I have not shown any symptoms for Hsv1 or hsv2 previously.
Could you please give me your insights? I would really appreciate it.
November 25, 2020 at 12:15 pm #71884Terri WarrenKeymaster
The nurse is ill informed. But you tested too soon after the unprotected encounter for a reliable result. Your result is in the low positive range and if you had waited long enough to be tested, I would say you need the western blot for clarification.
Would your most recent partner agree to be tested? That would be very helpful in sorting this out. If she is negative, you could do the blot now.
- This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Terri Warren.
November 30, 2020 at 8:08 am #71918FrancisscottkeyParticipant
Hi Terri – my partner had a test done back in September and she said her doctor told her it said the “hsv virus was undetected.”
Can I schedule a video call with you so you can help me take the western blot? I saw on your forum that the western blot was offered only at a specific lab. I checked online and saw that the lab was within driving distance from where I live.
December 2, 2020 at 3:02 pm #71954Terri WarrenKeymaster
HSV virus undetected suggests that this was a swab test, not an antibody test. If she had herpes, but no virus was present at the exact moment the doctor did the swab, it would be useless. The screening test for herpes is an antibody test from the blood.
We can definitely do a video conference to arrange the western blot. Just click on the purple button and set up an appointment with me. I do appointments on Tuesdays. The western blot is done only at the University of Washington but you can have blood drawn in many places, including anylabtestnow, which you might have seen.
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