Oh, that’s absolutely fine! I think that anyone who wants a confirmation of this diagnosis should have it – why not, right? For some, the cost of the test can be prohibitive but if you can afford it and want it, then I see no reason not to do it.
I understand about the emotional side, oh yes. But you have a good attitude about this and I believe you will do fine. Give yourself some time to adjust, practice telling a few people close to you before you attempt this with a sex partner. And if you have questions, you can always come back here.
And yes, if you want to do the blot, you need to do an evisit with me. We have set this process up as a research project – we will be comparing your IgG results to the results of the western blot and without your name, of course, that data will be entered into our database. This study will allow us to assess the accuracy of the IgG vs. western blot for screening for herpes. Our preliminary data was published last year and told us that the IgG test misses 30% of HSV 1 and 8% of HSV 2. We will continue to gather data over time. My goal is help people understand how much they can count on the usual screening test.