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Hi Terri, I had another UW western blot test and was hoping for help interpreting the results. Let me know if I need to purchase another question, I’ve lost track, and I’m happy to do so. In summary:
3/11/2015, LabCorp IgG STI blood draw: HSV2 positive value of 3.55 (index 0.00 – 0.90).
5/24/15, Blood draw and shipped to UW for Western Blot: “Low level antibody detected by Western blot assay. Indeterminate for HSV. No antibody to herpes simplex virus type 1 detected by Western Blot Assay. Atypical reactivity was noted against proteins on the HSV-2 Western Blot.”
On 6/15, I had a legion appear just inside my left nostril that looked like a pimple or blister, which lasted about a week before it went away. It didn’t crust over that I could tell, but otherwise met the criteria for a cold sore, albeit in an odd location, consisting of a one or perhaps two blisters (was hard to see). On 7/4, I had another lesion in the same nostril, but about 2cm further up, where I almost couldn’t see it, which lasted about a week before it went away. No fevers or flu-like symptoms. I had convinced myself it was an HSV2 outbreak in an odd location (I have performed oral sex on a number of men and women, and part of my inside nostril could very well have brushed up against genitalia at some point), but it also could have just been a pimple or something else. It’s pretty easy to think every little bump is HSV when you’re not sure of your status.
7/28/15, Blood draw and shipped to UW for Western Blot. Exact same ‘indeterminate’ HSV2 result as from 5/24/15 draw & test. And same “No antibody to HSV 1” result.
As for sexual partners, I’ve had four since 2/24/2015, all of whom I would consider very low risk for HSV, so to keep things easy, I’m going to assume they were all negative (but of course plan to have ongoing STI tests in the future to be sure).
How should I interpret this? Do you think I need to do a third WB test at some point in the future before I can have closure on this?
Thanks so much for all your great work here and on other online forums.
PS: I had contacted Rene regarding her study on indeterminate results, but while there is a LabCorp nearby, there is no Quest anywhere near where I live; I believe she was working through Quest for her blood draws.