Hi. I am really worried about my HSV-1 and 2 IgG test result. The method used was ELISA, although it wasn't specified what kind it was. The result I got was incredibly high.
The test had a reference range of:
12 U/mL - positive
The results I got for HSV-1 is 78.31 U/mL while for HSV-2 is 30.84 U/mL. How could this be? Can't that be an error on the laboratory's part?
The reason for testing was because I got a cold sore for the first time last week. I had the doctor check it on the same day and claimed it really was Herpes labialis and put me on Acyclovir tablets. Being a hypochondriac, I took an IgG test for both HSV types the next day, while my cold sore was still there. By the way, my cold sore was just a single blister and it was painless and it didn't break nor ooze out or crust.
My mom claimed she has HSV-1 and I am assuming I got it from her when sharing stuff with her. I gave unprotected oral sex to a guy with unknown history about a year ago but never showed any symptoms post-exposure.
My questions are:
1) What kind of ELISA tests give that kind of result? I have searched all over the internet and the units of reference range isn't like that of the one I had. The usual ones I saw are "1.1, or 2.5", but never that range. Don't you think that 78 and 30 are too high?
2) Is it possible to have false positives on the result when taking an IgG test too soon and while the cold sore was present?
3) Could have I contracted this just recently although the cold sore was obvious but not painful?
4) Could a person have both types of HSV, given those high values?
I really need your help. Thank you