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My blood test came back positive 12 days after I had sex which gave me my first herpes outbreak about 3-4 days after the the sex. Is that not possible to have a positive blood test that quickly? The sores were already healing by the time I got to the doctor. So my antibodies could have already been in my blood?
I was tested years ago and was negative. Then 2 years ago when I got my first herpes outbreak I got blood tested 3 weeks later with the quest hsv 1/2 igg herpeselect and my IGM was not detected, my IgG for hsv1 was 1.8 and hsv2 was .03. So I assumed I got it from a cold sore cause my bf had one but he also has genital. I never thought to test again but just did so will see if anything changed. After years the test should be completely reliable? Can you tell by the #'s if I had it before my first ob? I read a ton but sometimes I read yes, sometimes no. Is Herpeselect 86695 and 86696 the best test to take?
Sigh, no. My recent didn't come back Friday, have to wait til Monday. Just anxious. Wondering if my hsv2 can go from a .03 (blood was taken 3 weeks after ob) to a positive after a couple years. Seems unlikely but sometimes you say it takes months. Wonder if my hsv1 score will be higher. Does the more outbreak you have raise the antibody?
Just in! Well yay! No hsv2 popped up. Hsv2 negative but my Hsv1 went up to 10.9. (Assistant told me over the phone so that is all I've got)
Does that mean I had just gotten it when it was 1.8 at testing at 3 weeks after first outbreak?
3 weeks after 1st ob hsv1= 1.8
2+ years later hsv1 = 10.9
I have been researching on it all night. So tired. Hard to find medical reports. I guess there is not way to know for sure. Although, it still seems to me that a 1.8 is low. Everyone talks about a 3.5 being the standard. Would mine rise to a 10.9 because I possibly just had an infection? (not one I am aware of) In your experience do they vary from 1's to 10's a lot? tx
they can vary from day to day as well as we don't even know if you had the same test done too.
I know it's helpful mentally to know the when and from whom exactly but often you just can't figure that out. typically if it was multiple sores it was a new infection since recurrences tend to be just a single lesion but even that varies too. what is important to know what you have and where so that you and future partners can make educated decisions together.
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