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In early February, I tested positive for HSV-2 via an Herpeselect ELISA iGg test. Before the test, my last sexual partner was in mid December. Also, I had 4 sexual partners since my last STD test and at all points had some form of unprotected sex with them. I was not tested for HSV 2 in my previous STD test 3 years ago.
I have never had any noticeable symptoms of herpes so obviously this came as a shock to me. My doctor tested only for HSV-2 and also gave me an iGm test. The iGm test came back negative. My iGg result was 1.7. My doctor basically told me I was positive and should deal with it by looking at the CDC website. I contacted my last two partners and they got tested. Both claimed they were negative for the virus.
After reading this forum and posts about low iGg, asymptomatic results possibly indicate a false positive, I sought out a new doctor who would discuss my diagnosis/retest. In mid-March, I took the same Herpeselect test. Once again, iGm negative. My iGg result was 2.7. After asking my doctor about getting a confirmatory Western Blot test, he told me that it was not necessary as iGg results indicate I was exposed a while back and Western Blot is only for recent infections.
Although I have never had any sort of noticeable symptoms, I am under the assumption I have asymptomatic herpes and can shed the virus. What should I do? Should I try to get a retest with Western Blot? Do you think I was exposed by my last partner (assuming they haven't been honest with me about testing negative) and the viral prevalence of infection will become clearer over time?
I just took a confirmatory BioKit test and the result was NEGATIVE. Relieved to say the least.
The Dr. advised me that a Herpeselect test should never be taken unless there are symptoms. Considering my experience, I would follow this advice if I were you. However, I am no doctor so please take what I say with a grain of salt. Best of luck.
you don't need symptoms to get tested for herpes with the herpeselect. It's 98% accurate, it's just that folks who have no reason to doubt their test results, don't come to the boards for help so the boards get unfairly balanced with folks with false positives.
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