October 30, 2023 at 6:15 pm #83246VibesParticipant
Up until July 30th of this year I had only ever been with my daughters father ( 6 years). We had both gotten full panel STD tests in our relationship which came back negative for everything as well as when I was tested again for my pregnancy with my daughter. After my encounter (unprotected) July 30th I decided to get tested (August 1) to see if I had gotten anything. I wasn’t showing any symptoms of anything, just decided to go as I know STDs can sometimes be asymptomatic. The test was ran from quest diagnostic and I received a HSV2 score of 3.89 with the inhibition study coming back as “equivocal”. I panicked and decided to get retested 2 weeks later (8/17). The scale now reported as 2.93 and the inhibition result now said negative.
I was feeling “okay” at this point but then I heard that maybe I had tested too soon. So I went back for a 3rd time (9/26) HSV2 came back 3.07 and now this time saying positive. And all of my stress came back.
Seeing that I have now gotten 3 different outcomes I want to know what are your thoughts. I’m sure you would say to get the western blot but I’m just looking for your honest thoughts on the probability of thinking I have it.
When I had gotten tested the 2nd time the NP told me that it was impossible for my 2nd partner to have given it to me because the test could not come back positive 2 days after having it. She believed that I had gotten it from my child’s father.
I had told him that and he reassured me that he did not step outside of our relationship at the time and to prove it he went to get tested. His result came back negative for HSV2.
Do you think the NP was accurate when she said that there was no way it could be from the second partner because of how soon I took the test? Please help terry. Thank you.
November 1, 2023 at 1:41 am #83270Terri WarrenKeymaster
I would agree that a positive 2 days after an encounter would not be due to that encounter, yes.
HSV experts are NOT fans of the inhibition assay, for sure. And now you see why. Those results are all over the place. That is just shameful. However, it is possible that given the additional time since the unprotected encounter that you had, you are now positive when earlier you were not. Please don’t waste your money on anything else but the blot. Clearly this is what you need (which you knew I would say). You are the poster child for needing the blot!
Have you asked the unprotected partner to be tested? If not, please do.
I think you are not likely infected but I’m not certain at all.
November 1, 2023 at 11:30 am #83282VibesParticipant
Hello and thank you for your response. I have not asked him simply because we did not end on good terms. (Blocked) I am willing to work with you to get the western blot done.
However do you think I should totally dismiss my first 2 test and only trust the last one since it said positive ? Since we are all agree that the test 2 days after was too soon, how about the one that was performed 2.5 weeks after exposure from him? If I would have stopped at the second one would you have leaned toward it being a true positive since it was far out?
November 3, 2023 at 10:47 pm #83297Terri WarrenKeymaster
I don’t think you should dismiss the results, no, but I think there is a chance they could be incorrect. 2.5 weeks out was NOT far out. Only 50% of people who are actually infected with HSV 2 would be positive at 6 weeks out. And you can’t do the blot until you are 12 weeks out, but we can talk soon and you can order the kit at 206-685-6066 and have it all ready to go after we talk. I believe that you are 12 weeks out now, correct?
I am out of the country right now but will return on November 8th and I’m opening up more appointments now. I know it’s been difficult to schedule with me as we’ve been away for three weeks.
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