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Tested 6 mos ago at 3rd part testing and was told hsv2 positive. My gun said since I had no symptoms n no signs of ever having break out don't worry. Tests couldn't differentiate between 1 and 2. Am in a new relationship and got retested for my safety. It came back positive again and said igg 4.43 was the number. Still never had a breakout. Can't get in to gun for a week. But should I really be concerned? Not sure what to believe.
When I saw my gyn after the first test (which I didn't get written results of) he asked about cold/canker sores. I did get a couple cold sores in high school but get canker sores every other month or so. He indicated that would cause the positive test and not to worry. And he also said the only way to confirm was by testing lesions.
you have a history of cold sores so you know you have hsv1 orally even though your testing isn't picking up on it. even the best herpes blood tests miss 1 out of every 10 hsv1 infections.
since you've had no obvious genital symptoms and your hsv2 igg is less than 5, not a bad idea to confirm your status with a herpes WB blood test. how to obtain one is listed in our read before posting post on the forum.
I think your provider isn't really all that up to date on herpes testing either :(
Thanks Grace. Is 5 the magic number for true positive? I did go to the link for the western blot it shows a lab request form and the power point presentation. Wasnt really clear on do I call them to order the actual kit? Sorry for the stupid question.
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