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False Positive??? Biokit/Western Blot??? Help!!!

I just got results from my HSV2 igg test back today. The igg level was 1.19, which is positive from their regulations.  Anything over a 1.10 is positive. After much research on the board and many other sites it seems like I may have a "false positive" result as Dr HHH and Dr Hook  suggest many people  with results  as low as mine and many others within the 1.1-3.5 range don't actually have HSV. I took the test because of paranoia because of tingling in my thighs and pelvis. Also, my girlfriend tested negative a couple months ago at routine screening. She nor I have never had an outbreak and I very aware of asymptomatic carriers. I'm very confused as to what to do. Doctors have so much conflicting info. On the phone today the doctor said my number is so low because it must be a recent infection but when asked if it  would be higher if I had it previously and it went undetected, she couldn't really answer. When asked about a false positive she kinda jumped around the question, not even acknowledging the possibility and said that if I wanted to retest after 2-4 months I could!! What is that?! Anyway, now from the looks of the experts advice, I should take a biokit or western blot test to see what the real deal is. Problem, my doc doesnt know what those are, and I have noooo idea how to gain access to these test. Any help/advice is much appreciated as I'm about to keel over from all the stress this has caused me. I wish I hadn't have been paranoid and taken the test in the first place. Heellllpppp!!!!!!
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Very large chance of a false positive here. Tingling in thighs and pelvis and thighs on its own is not suggestive of herpes.

I'd agree that another test in a month or so is likely to be negative. If you cannot wait then seek the Westernblot. I believe there is information on the university website that you can take to your doctor to order the test. Alternatively you can become a phone patient of Westover Heights Clinic to obtain the test.
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Does anybody have any info on the availability of a biokit test? I can't reallly seem to find anybody that carries one. ( WashDC metro area). Also, what is the good of taking another Elisa igg test if the false positive for values between 1.1-3.5 is so high. I have read multiple stories here and other sources that say people had multiple false positives with Elisa, neg biokit results, and when they tested for the WB it came back negative or inconclusive. The rate of false positives with results under 3.5 is 75% and is about 85% for people with scores of 1.5 and under. Why is there so much margin of error  when diagnosing people with a lifelong disease?
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False positives occur I believe in about 5-10% of tests. For the vast majority of tests, the outcome is clear cut.

The chance of a false positive at 1.1 is around 75-80% as you suggest but then decreases to just 5% at around 3.5.

This is just the nature of blood tests and the desire to provide cheap mass testing to the world's populace.
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Hi fleetwood, please advise where you get the data. My consecutive blood tests for hsv2 was 1.24 and then 1.19. What are my chances that I'm false positive?
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