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Thank you for your reply. I have a few more questions.
1. Which is more common- a false negative or a false positive?
2. I am a healthy individual who is rarely sick so I assume I have a healthy immune system. In the 8% of infections that aren’t detected is it because the individual doesn’t have the antibodies other people would have or is it that the test just isn’t detecting them?
3. I understand once negative always negative so doing any further IgG test would be pointless right?
4. Is the same true for viral culture? If I am testing negative via culture will I always or would there be value in having any future outbreaks swabbed?
5. I had a dermatologist tell me my outbreaks sounded more like hives to her because they appear and disappear so quickly. In your experience have you ever seen individuals who have such short-lived herpes outbreaks and wouldn’t a doctor be able to tell the difference?
6. I have never had hives or allergies in my life. Does herpes cause people to have problems with hives after contracting herpes?
7. I’ve read on this forum that 5 minutes of sexual contact would be very unlikely to transmit the herpes virus. Would having a hemorrhoid at the time of contact increase that probability?
8. Why is Western Blot so difficult to obtain and why do most doctors not understand how herpes is transmitted or what the IgG values mean?