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MCfan1

Error in my diagnosis

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MCfan1

I was diagnosed with HSV-1 and 2 last Wednesday by general practitioner. Never really thinking twice I accepted the diagnosis and tried to move on with my life. The past week has been really tough on me emotionally and mentally so I figured I would ask for my lab results so I could look at them myself. While looking at my results I noticed that I was tested for IGM and IGG antibodies. Both IGM results were postive but everything I read about IGM testing said that it was highly unreliable and should never be used and testing for IGG is much more accurate. Well when I looked at my IGG results it read HSV-1: positive 1.52 and HSV-2: .19 negative. When I read this I thought to myself why does the IGG for HSV-2 read negative? Unable to get a hold of my doctor I signed up online to talk to an expert on STDs and paid for them to read my lab results. I checked the doctor out and he is highly regarded as a top infectious disease expert. He told me that I do have HSV-1, which almost everybody has, but he said that he disagrees with my doctor and that according to my lab results he is quite confident that I DO NOT have HSV-2. I was shocked!! I then read that general practitioners have made mistakes reading these lab results because they are not that familiar with them. This has been a big relief to me. Has this happened to anyone else??

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GntiNh

I bet you are not alone.:(

Fortunately my gp was very knowledgable but from reading other posts, people don't realise what tests are available and which are the best ones to get.

It again show lack of education within the medical world.

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