1. Are false negatives pretty rare with Western Blot completed months after exposure? (mostly concerned about hsv2). I know intermediates sometimes turn out to be positive but negatives are generally pretty reliable, correct?
I have yet to see an indeterminate turn positive, for the record. False negative are incredibly rare.
2. Would a false Negative for hsv2 be less likely in a patient that also tested negative for type 1.
3. (maybe you won’t have an answer to this) I paid for overnight shipping to UW but I got my blood drawn too late in the day and Enzo labs said they had to ship it the next day. I called University of Washington and they said the sample would be fine as long as it arrived in under 7 days and remained cold. I got my blood drawn on 10/20 and my WB said it was collected on 10/24. If there was an issue such as the sample not arriving in an adequate time or if was not cold anymore, the lab likely wouldn’t run the test, correct? The lab tech at Enzo knew the sample had to be cold. I’m just having anxiety because the test arrived later than I expected.
If the test sample was inadequate in any way, UW would have rejected it.
It is not odd that you weren’t billed – it is perfect