January 20, 2024 at 6:07 am #83961Seeking helpParticipant
So recently in December I tested positive for hsv 2 at quest w a 2.08 and a positive IA , I then freaked out and 2 weeks later retested w my gyn (who used quest) and got a positive hsv 2 test again w igg of 3.18 and positive IA. Now I know both tests fall under the false positive range and during both times I did have Covid antibodies in my system and I know sometimes that can trip up the test. I’ve never had any symptoms I’m aware of & I did have an exposure w my last partner.
My last partner got tested in August but never disclosed his results until a month later when I had this bad UTI because my doctor thought it could’ve been sores because it was hurting to pee but the night before I had accidentally used a dirty vibrator and woke up w UTI symptoms. To this day I don’t know if that could’ve been a first initial outbreak or if I really just had a UTI that kept coming up negative or like my mother said scratched the opening.
I got tested at that time and was neg. Now I know it takes 3 months for antibodies to build up so fast forward to December I get those results I shared above.
When I asked my partner if he ever experienced symptoms he said no and he was unaware he had hsv 2. We were having sex multiple times a week, multiple times a day so I know that increases the risk of transmission.
What’re the chances you think I could actually be positive? Especially w an increase in my IGG. Also, quest often gives me false positives for hsv 1, always hovering around 1.5 but then get tested at a different lab is negative.
Should I get retested again once more in 3 months and if positive to the WB or should I go ahead and do it now or do you think it’s not even worth it.
January 25, 2024 at 3:46 pm #84006Terri WarrenKeymaster
It’s a shame that when you presented with UTI symptoms that no swab testing was done, but that opportunity is passed. I think you may well have HSV 2, considering your sexual activity with an HsV 2 positive partner who was unaware of his infection. But with these low positives, it is probably worth confirming with the blot if you have no genital symptoms between now and three months from the time you had the UTI symptoms.
January 25, 2024 at 4:05 pm #84017Seeking helpParticipant
So follow up
Would a swab test on the opening of the urethra been enough to confirm via test?
The doc did say they didn’t see any visible signs
W the tests taken 2 weeks apart and me being sick affect the proteins? In other words is the jump from the 2.08 to 3.18 in 2 weeks concerning
Is 2 positive inhibition tests concerning? One w 99.5 % I’ve read experts are not thrilled w the inhibition IA
I had uti symptoms in sep of last year and never again been okay. So should I take the WB now or wait a few more months then do it? I already have it but I’m in ny and there’s different requirements for ny don’t know if you can help w that
January 26, 2024 at 11:20 am #84031Terri WarrenKeymaster
oh, I didn’t see that your doc did a swab of the urethra in your post. That was good.
While experts are not thrilled about the inhibition assay, sometimes it is accurate.
I think the blot would be a good idea, just to be really certain and you could do it now since your partner was in August.
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