1. Is there any chance that my results could have been a false positive?
Yes indeed there is a chance that this is a false positive. Your first value was just over the cutoff for the need to get a confirmatory test and the most recent one is well below the cutoff. You need the western blot. I can help you obtain that or you can work with your regular health care provider to get this.
2. My doctor didn’t seem worried about me transmitting the virus to my baby during delivery. What are the transmission rates from mother to baby during delivery?
IF you are infected the chance of transmission is very low – well below 1%
3. Was the suppressive therapy enough to keep my baby safe?
Well, the dose you took was not the suggested dose BUT if your baby is healthy, that is a moot point, right?
4. How long should I watch my baby to make sure symptoms don’t develop? And if symptoms do develop when will they present?
If symptoms have not developed within 2-10 days after birth, I’m sure the baby is just fine.
5. Is it possible to have hsv2 in the genital tract or sores present and not pass the virus during delivery?
That is possible yes. IF you are infected, your baby would have an immune response to the virus that is highly protective.
6. Is there any test my baby can get to rule out hsv?
NO! The antibody tests in children and babies have a 50% false positive result and should NEVER be done. Trust me – if your baby had HSV is would be obvious
It’s so hard to not worry when there are so many horror stories online regarding neonatal herpes. I just want to know my baby is free of this virus.