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To anybody who reads this post in the future, I do not recommend the dried blood spot test. There just isn’t much information out there, and it seems to be an “alternative” method of collecting the blood sample. I have seen two studies that say that there is a high correlation between blood spot and serum samples for HSV-2 testing. This is the best study I was able to find.
However, my experience was that the dried blood spot (dbs) test came back as a clear positive. I followed up with the exact same test method (herpeselect igg) and the results were that HSV-2 antibodies were not detected. I am obviously very thankful that I do not have HSV-2, but I am also thankful for the research that I’ve done over the past week or so to educate myself on Herpes. I can honestly say that I was mostly at peace with this condition, which seemed to be mostly minor, and I hope that those who have been recently diagnosed can find peace with it as well.
Also, in case anybody searches this forum for the keywords, the Amazon MyLAB box test was completely inaccurate for me (assuming that my subsequent blood serum test was accurate). It wasn’t just a higher/lower result, it was actually completely false from what I can tell.
I can’t tell if this forum is still active in terms of medical professionals weighing in, but it seems to be a good place for conversation. There is also a Reddit (r/herpes) that is a good place for information.
Good luck everybody, remember that you are loved and that this condition is not a reflection on you. One thing that struck me as amazing is that two people who have never had sex before could technically get married and both wind up with genital herpes. That is an extreme example, but it just goes to show that your character and this virus are completely unrelated.