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Hi Terri, I went to my new doctor. Here is an update:
I showed him my HSV-2 equivocal test result from June 2020, then my August 2020 negative result, and then my random low positive 1.28 IGG in January 2023. I told him everything I also told you, so here’s what he told me:
He said he does not test his patients for HSV-1 or HSV-2 because he follows the CDC guidelines and because the blood tests aren’t always accurate. So he did not want to draw my blood for a retest. He also told me he has patients with HSV-2 and the locations are not always genital, and that he had some patients that have HSV-2 on their outer thigh and sometimes oral HSV-2. He also said many people have it and it’s common.
He also said that since I haven’t had an outbreak and I scored a borderline/very low positive and tested negative 8 months after my last sexual intercourse, he DID NOT diagnose me with HSV 2, and he said I most likely DO NOT have it. He said if I want more certainty, I have to get a swab test if there are active blisters, but I’ve never had any. That’s pretty much it.
I have just a few more questions that have been on my mind:
1) I’m most likely considering the Western Blot now, and all I am hoping and praying for is a negative result. After this, I don’t think I can trust IGG tests anymore. Do you think I will most likely score negative on the Western Blot?
2) Do you still think I should get a Western Blot test for 100 % certainty to ensure I am negative for HSV 2?
3) Do most of your patients who scored a low positive between 1.1 – 1.5 on the IGG test end up testing negative on the Western Blot?
4) Do you have any advice on how to remain calm while waiting for the WB test results, I’ve been feeling anxious and overthinking. I’m not worried about the virus itself, I’m more worried about being rejected. This whole ordeal has been bothering me for a while, but my parents and friends don’t think it’s a big deal. Should I be optimistic for a false positive?