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Just curious about the accuracy of these tests compared to the western blot. Clinic offers these in my city and I would like to know if they are worth it compared to the western blot. Also do they distinguish between type 1 or 2. Thank you
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I can not find anything that suggests there is an Elispot herpes test. Make sure the clinic has the correct test. There is one for the Epstein–Barr virus, which is a member of the herpes family of viruses, but it is NOT the herpes simplex test you need.

If the ELISA they offer is a type specific IgG test, that's very accurate. It's not as accurate as the WB, but nothing is. The hsv1 IgG test misses 30% of infections, and 8% of hsv2 infections. You already got the IgG test.

If you are still wondering about if you have herpes, and can't let it go, talk to Terri Warren about getting a WB done. She works with people in Canada, and knows of labs that will do the blood draw.

It's expensive, but talk to her. Find out how much it would be, and start saving for it if you have to.


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The clinic says they have tests from a German company called arminlabs. I checked their website to see what kind of tests they provide and stated it has 2 tests. ELISPOT and IFA, ELISA, IMMUNOBLOT. Unless I’m not reading to correctly.

I have spoke to terry warren and she didn’t know of any labs but I believe I’ve found one. I think I’ll just order the western blot and take the test with me to the clinic and have them draw, spin and ship it for me.
So on their site, I found this -


One thing that stands out to me is this - "HSV 1/2 EliSpot". The "1/2" usually means it's not type specific.

" IFA, ELISA, Immunoblot
Herpes simplex 1 and Herpes simplex 2 antibodies"

That looks type specific.

Really though, just get the WB done. Nothing else is as good, and you'll still wonder about how accurate it was, and did it miss anything, etc., etc. The IgG is the most accurate next to the WB, so just get the WB if you can't move beyond it.

I wish we had easier ways for you to get answers, and cheaper ones.

Keep me posted.

Thank you appreciate the help! I definitely will!
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