1. Having the two positive immunoblot tests should i believe that I am positive or should I not worry until I get the Western Blot
You could have two false positives – with the immunoblot you just cannot know if you need a confirmatory test or not.
2. How would I go about getting the Western Blot or Should I get an Elisa first
Get an IGG that gives an index value first – if below 3.5, then get a western blot
3. How far away do you think we are from a vaccine or a therapeutic cure
quite a ways
4. I was talking to someone who said that they tested positive with high igg levels for years and after 10 years or so there was no trace of the igg antibodies for hsv 2 in the blood (plasma) Can antibodies ever leave after having igg antibodies
There is something called seroreversion where people become negative after being positive. It’s hard to know what’s going on with any individual person and their testing.
5. What are the health issues associated with herpes other than the cosmetic ones. What causes so much stigma that we contemplate committing suicide with a diagnosis…If it isn’t harmful, most people don’t know. It isn’t a reportable infection and most major health organizations don’t recommend testing for it why does it take such a toll on life.
I think it’s the social stigma associated with the infection – not the medical issues at all for the vast majority of people. To contemplate suicide over something that is completely manageable medically and which most people do fine with socially seems ridiculous to me. I’ve watched patients dying with horrible horrible pain who would give anything for just one more day to live. But then I have a perspective that non-medical people don’t right?
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