Over the summer i was tested for HSV with a type specific IGG test through LapCorp. I recieved the results that were negitive for HSV1 and IGM was negitive for Both. But I got a 3.9 for HSV2. I never had any blisters or signs of HSV and just felt like it could be false. I had my doctor send out blood for a "HSV 1 HSV 2 Immunoblot by western blot" through labcorp. These results came back negitive for both. All of these tests were months after possible exposure. I posted on here and was told that it was rare but should rely on the western blot. I have anxiety problems and constantly worry day to day that i am infected to the point that it drives me nuts. Can I trust the western blot? I just keep feeling that the IGG had to be a 3.9 for some reason. I was thinking about being retested a third time but would an ELISA test give false positive results again possibly? I can't afford another western blot. I want to put this problem to rest but keep worring about that original test I had. Any slight irritation i get on my penis I constintly examine. Am I being to paranoid, I saw a post that said labcorp was having problems around the time i was tested with flase positives (JULY 08). from time to time i have what looks like sebaceous prominence (which i have on my penis) get infected and one dot will turn red and evenually get even more red from me looking at it so much. that lasts about 3 weeks and goes back to being skin colored. I just keep thinking it might be from herpes. I guess my question is, if you were me would you worry about being retested?
Your questions duplicate the ones covered in great detail in your thread on the STD forum last summer. As I told you then, your symptoms do not suggest herpes. If you had more typical symptoms, I would agree that retesting makes sense. But I do not recommend it. If you go ahead to assuage your anxiety, start with an ELISA; if that is negative, you can stop. If positive again, have another WB as well.
This question should have been posted in the STD forum, not here. Therefore, follow-up comments won't be accepted. I suggest you not pay another fee to re-post in the correct forum; the answers would not be any diffeernt. However, if you do decide to re-test, feel free to return to the ORIGINAL thread to post a follow-up comment with the results.
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