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PCR Herpes Simplex, IGG or IGM?

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Lionheart1982

I took a test called:

"PCR Herpes Simplex"

Is this what they call IGG or IGM test?

The PCR Herpes Simplex test was more expensive than normal tests, think it cost the same as my full screen std test + aids hiv test combined.

Also had to wait nearly 2 weeks for the test result.

Which turned out negative, but a test taken at a different hospital (don't know what kind of test) showed I signs of me having traces of Herpes in the past.

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LivingLife77

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"PCR Herpes Simplex"

Is this what they call IGG or IGM test?

No PCR looks for the actual virus. IGG/IGM look for antibodies. If PCR finds something it cannot be questioned due to its accuracy.

The PCR Herpes Simplex test was more expensive than normal tests, think it cost the same as my full screen std test + aids hiv test combined.

WORTH IT! Did they PCR a legion, skin, or urethra?

Also had to wait nearly 2 weeks for the test result.

That is unusual. I get my results in days.

Which turned out negative, but a test taken at a different hospital (don't know what kind of test) showed I signs of me having traces of Herpes in the past.

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Lionheart1982

Unfortunately I had no signs, symptoms or lesions for them to swab. (actually never had any real symptoms, or so I thought, in hindsight the "acne" I had was probably the Herpes symptoms). I just wanted the full test to make sure as it was the first time me and my girlfriend wanted to go bare back, when it comes to health, I don't think twice about spending money.

I believe they did a urethra and skin swab. Hard to remember now.

They told me this test is expensive due to it's complexity and it's the better test to take.

Thank you for the reply LivingLife77, as my test came out negative, how reliable is it?

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Lionheart1982

So a PCR Herpes Simplex test is more reliable than a Western Blot IGG test?

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ntdc

A single PCR swab when you are not having symptoms may not reveal much, try to have it redone when you are having symptoms.

If you are not having symptoms better to get an IgG blood test. If you are having symptoms have it swabbed by PCR

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LivingLife77

I believe

Lionheart is like me--no genital sores or ulcers--only redness or nerve pain (not sure he has that part). This is really difficult to swab or culture because it seems that not enough virus is on the skin surface. I am starting to think this would make it real difficult to spread. I even think the mosquito bites I get on my butt would be hard to spread. I did a urethra swab this time PCR along with IGG blood work. I have been off antivirals for 10 days so I believe this to be the truest test ever. I am awaiting results. The urethra swab was done towards the tail end of symptoms but doesn't matter--if herpes is inside my urethra it could come back positive.

I've had 9 IGG and I am starting to believe all Herpes tests just suck.

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Lionheart1982

Can't say I've had nerve pains, I don't know how nerve pains feel, so I guess I don't have. Could you describe nerve pain?

LivingLife77, were you ever diagnosed positive on any test or "just have sores" on your mouth?

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