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Am I justified in stoping testing after 4 negative tests, partners who have told me that have tested negative after being together, and 5 years of no symptoms? This theoretical, philosophical idea that there is technically, potentially something further I could do to discount and further disprove keeps gnawing at me and giving me anxiety. What do I tell myself when I think like this or feel bad choosing not to test more because it’s driving me crazy? Do you have any advice. Really not doing well here.
Do you know of these causes of false negative for HSV2 in this study, and in general? I think psychologically I am looking for a reason to why the false positive might have occurred. To be honest, I am really hesitant about taking the Western Blot NOW, because this was year ago and I suppose I could have got in since then. To be honest, I feel like I’m just done with testing, it’s not worth it for me. And even in the tiny chance I do have it, the CDC doesn’t recommend regular screening, I have no symptoms, and a part of me just wants to live my life and move on.
Also! I see that 5 – 8% of Hsv2 IgG results are false negative (they don’t pick up the antibodies). Do you know why that could be (the cause of the false negative)? Also, just for my own curiosity and further reading, do you have a reference for the 8% in some study or article?
Thank you so much!
So if I had a singular, protected sexual encounter with one woman (who had only been with 2 or 3 men in her life and showed no obvious symptoms) and 6 weeks later tested positive for HSV 2 IgG at a 7.02 result, but then tested negative 4 times and have had zero symptoms, would you say its definitely (>99 %) negative at this point. It has been nearly 5 years since that 7.02 test and I have no symptoms, or any feedback from the women I have been with. Those negative tests came several weeks apart from June 2016 – June 2017 and there is no way they could have impacted by antivirals. I have had HSV 1 since early childhood if that matters.
When is the shortest possible time to start developing antibodies in the 7.0 – 8.0 range? I have had 4 negative IgG tests, but could they all be false negatives?
Do you have an explanation to why it was such a high positive and still a false one? From what I’ve seen, most doctor have a cutoff value for 3.5 when it comes to HSV IgG tests, so how could a 7.02 be a false positive also when it’s so outside that range. I would just like to understand the reasons behind the high false positive to get some closure. Again, the 7.02 was my IgG HSV 2 value done by LabCorp in Dec 2015. I was also very sick at the time of the test with strep and general unwellness.
To reiterate, I have had cold sores for years, and had engaged in no sexual activity whatsoever until early November 2015. I have also had chickenpox when I was young and moloscum contagium rash when I was about 15, to give you the full details.