Like I said,I cannot tell you what it means because it doesn’t separate HSV 1 and 2 so I cannot tell you if you have HSV one or HSV-2 or neither or both. I have seen this test be false positive compared to the type specific testing.
I cannot tell you the likelihood of a combined test being a false positive – we have no data on that,only the type specific test, as you quote
If you read the Center for disease control guidance on screening tests they say that HSV testing should be considered if someone is requesting a full STD screen. And if you had a bump that your clinician was concerned about, doing an antibody test is completely appropriate. The only problem is they ordered the wrong test.
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