Have you ever known a person to have been possibly exposed and always negative (like me), but the antibodies or virus has stayed “hidden” (inactive, dormant?) for lack of a better word for years and then all of a sudden, they are testing positive or having symptoms with no new exposure?
Not if the test was the western blot, no, not if they have taken the blot at 12 weeks or more after exposure to HSV 2 and they have not taken extended antiviral medication prior to testing
I know these neurotic questions are annoying, but I know myself–if I get the negative confirmed on the WB, I’m going to wonder if I should continue periodically testing (even if I do not have a change in partner) and then always feel the need to confirm with the WB… I certainly do NOT want to be living my life that way and just want to take the results for what they are without all the extra overthinking. Any thoughts on that hypothetical posed above occurring?
If you do the blot, you should believe the results.