12 weeks have passed and I’m still testing negative on the quest HSV2 IGG test. I think I want to repeat the test again in a few weeks to be sure, but what are your thoughts at this point? How much weight can I put behind a negative IGG at 12 weeks with no antiviral drugs taken? (reminder I was on antivirals for about 8ish weeks post perceived infection at 500 mg of valtrex a day, so at this point we’re a bit over 5 months from exposure, but 12 weeks off any antiviral drugs)
I also had a negative PCR swab of a 2 suspicious bumps which came back negative, but I’m assuming that could be a false negative as the spots had begun to heal, and the swab wasn’t as thorough as I may have wanted (didn’t scrape etc, however the doctor seemed very sure the test would have come back positive if the bump was from HSV, saying the PCR swab is ‘very sensitive’ and that false negatives are ‘very rare’
A few more questions:
– Does anything other than antivirals tend to delay seroconversion? Wondering if consumption of alcohol, poor sleep could contribute to a delay?
– How much longer should I wait for another test, is there a period of time after which I can be very certain of the commercial IGG test results?
– I’ve heard you mention that the HSV2 IGG misses 8% of HSV2 infections. Does this mean that it will miss the infection in 8% of people? Or that each time you take the test, you have an 8% chance of a false negative result?
– A couple more negative IGGs might put my mind at ease, but if not I suppose all that may be left for me soon is the blot. How long should I wait for a very definitive western blot result?
Thanks Terri. I’m starting to entertain that this may have been my mind getting to me, but still not totally sure.