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I always think of something else I intended to ask. I know that I was negative before this incident. Does the blood/antibody test that was done so early, two to three weeks out, have any value at all? if I understand correctly, probably not.
Just to clarify my question, a swab was done, although the scab was dry, so a sample was collected or attempted, if anything was picked up. The test results came back as ” no DNA was detected for HSV1 or 2. I wondered if that is a possible test result, or could it be because an inadequate/insufficient sample was taken…could this swab have been done incorrectly. I don’t have much faith in what this young doctor was doing, but maybe that’s unfair of me. I insisted on the swab..it’s why I went. Perhaps I’m trying too hard to determine an early outcome in hopes that I’m negative. I need to let this go or at least play out in due time. Very stressful. I will also have a blood test done again after waiting the appropriate amount of time. Thank you, Terri
Hi Terri, I did have the bump swabbed the day after my last question, just over a week after it appeared. It was still a red bump with a small, flat scab. I asked the doctor to rub or scuff it since it was dry. He also took blood for the LabCorp Herpes select test, which I told him probably wasn’t useful at that time. He laughed and said I was telling him how to do his job, after I’d apologized and told him why I have some prior knowledge. He isn’t my regular GP, is very young and I don’t think has much experience in this realm. My results are:
PCR swab: No DNA detected for HSV1 or HSV2
Herpes select: HSV1 46.50
HSV 1 and 2 IgM screen: negative both
HSV 2 specific antibodies <.90
This result I expected. Do you have any opinion, especially on the swab test? Perhaps no sample was collected? I realize it may be weeks before I can really put this to rest with further testing.
Just as an aside, do you think there will ever be a cure, an effective vaccine, or even a home test that could tell when a person is shedding virus? Thank you for all you do. There seems to be very few people out there with extensive, even basic knowledge on this subject…nothing that approaches your experience.
Sorry, I keep thinking of details trying to be thorough, but want to say that there IS a small scab on this area, especially since I opened it last week. It just seems to be long healing, maybe because I’m not disturbing it. I also have developed what seems to be normal jock itch in the legs creases, but I’ve had that before. Nerves are getting the best of me, I’m afraid.
Last question…do people with GHSV2 routinely shed from the anus as well as the genitals, even if it wasn’t acquired there? (I may owe for more questions.) Once again, thank you.
So, as a follow up, would you recommend getting a swab test at this point? I stopped the valacyclovir almost a week ago, by the way. Should I just wait to see if anything else happens? Would the valcylovir cause a primary outbreak in a different area than the contact? I hope to put this to rest…so much anxiety. Thanks again, Terri
Thank you so much for your reply! My concern is the coincidental timing of this, and it is still there after a week, although getting smaller, but still not weepy so that it can be swabbed. It just doesn’t look like something I’ve had before. Perhaps my scratching it open with a sharp instrument caused this. My worry was that the valacyclovir caused a muted first symptom HSV2. I do feel better at hearing your opinion from the information I’ve given you! You are an invaluable resource!