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I just received blood test results from planned parenthood. They are:

Herpes AB Type 2 IGG 0.02 Negative (less than 0.90)

The blood was drawn 7-8 weeks (or more) after suspected exposure and pain in my genital region. I have a few questions:

1) What type of test was conducted?

2) What test should I follow this up with to help confirm the results (and when should I take it)?

I am very confused. I still am having very painful symptoms that come in and out. I am on my fourth doctor and am having trouble receiving adequate care. My symptoms and situation are below:

I had unprotected sex with my girlfriend for several months. I later found out she had been sleeping around and broke up with her. About two weeks after the break up I had what felt like chafing around the head of my penis--specifically the corona--hat doesn't go away. The redness remains as very small cell-sized bumps that don't go away but don't leak. The become more red due to touch.

I also have a tightness in my bladder region, which leads to my peeing several times a night and losing sleep. Five weeks later, I am still waking up at night to go pee, sometimes in a cold sweat.

The head of my penis is slightly inflamed and pink and my urethra is tender after peeing. I have tested negative for UTIs, Chlamydia, Ghonorrea, and the usual suspects. There have been no blisters or leaking to swab for herpes, but I have more or less continual pain.

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justmyself

The IGG blood test is supposed to be the more accurate of the herpes blood tests. However, it can take up to 12 weeks for the antibodies to show up in a blood test. Therefore, this test could be a false negative. I would wait at least another 4 or 5 weeks before being tested again. If that test comes back negative, then you should assume it is not herpes. If you are still having symptoms after that, perhaps consult a urologist to try to get to the bottom of the cause.

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