Jump to content
World's Largest Herpes Support Group
Sign in to follow this  
Coriander

How do I interpret these test results?

Recommended Posts

Coriander

Can anyone help me make sense of these results? I had a positive swab test during my one and only outbreak of GH a year ago. I had blood tests at 1 month, 6 months, and one year after the outbreak and all came out negative. The doctor says this is unusual and that "we may never know" unless I have another rash.

I know a false positive swab test is extremely unlikely, so I'm not sure how to interpret these results. Has anyone had a similar experience?

Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
chichitx

Is the swab test a viral culture, or a PCR (DNA) test? In my opinion the viral culture is not as accurate as PCR. Next time do a PCR swab if you have any future outbreaks, as well as the blood tests.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Coriander

The swab test was a viral culture.

Still wondering how to approach this. I assume I should live as if I have the virus even if (knock on wood) no further outbreaks occur...and count myself lucky. I just wondered whether the situation of having the virus but showing negative blood tests even after a year is precedented.

The PCR test is good to know about -- thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Number7
Can anyone help me make sense of these results? I had a positive swab test during my one and only outbreak of GH a year ago. I had blood tests at 1 month, 6 months, and one year after the outbreak and all came out negative. The doctor says this is unusual and that "we may never know" unless I have another rash.

I know a false positive swab test is extremely unlikely, so I'm not sure how to interpret these results. Has anyone had a similar experience?

Thanks.

In a viral culture, they actually "see" the virus. A negative is not usually accurate if you wait too long to have the culture as the virus dies eventually so a positive is considered quite accurate. Did they type the culture? Also when you were blood tested, did you test for hsv1 and hsv2 and both came out negative?

The igg blood testing is not 100% accurate and you could possibly take longer than a year to show a positive especially if you already have hsv1 and have acquired hsv2. Antibodies can cross-react. Some people have what is called t-cell immunity and do not show positive on any testing -- at least this is what I've interpreted from my own experience and the clinical sites that I've read information from.

If you are still unsure, you might want to go the Medhelp.org website and start by asking Grace.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • The Hive is Thriving!

    • Total Topics
      69,124
    • Total Posts
      463,627
  • Posts

    • T9000
      Sort of unrelated, but I remember a few months ago finding new patents filed last year for the einstein college vaccine. I wondered if they were indicative of new developments with it, but I brushed it off as probably not.
    • North Saranac
      I have not had sexual contact for at least half a year with a partner of more than four years monogamous, one non-protected encounter four years ago different women and then a few more non-protected over ten years ago.   One morning, I woke up after a having bad night time sweats (common) with a bad itch in my pubic region hair on right side about halfway between my penis and belly button. I did not look closely to later that night and noticed a large red rash, but don't believe I looked that closely. At some point I noticed a blister or something and tried to pop it and then walked away, I think being in denial I didn't want to look that closely, so I cant describe symptoms. This was on a Saturday or Sunday. The following Monday I went to work, where I do a physical demanding job al week, I noticed the area that had the rash showed about four areas that were infected (either cut or blistered) and would burn at night time during the week, They were located on my right side, directly where my belt buckle rubs. During the days that work week, my belt buckle would drive and rub in the area ( my buckle is metal square with pointy but not sharpe edges), I tried to pull my pants up and get the belt off the area but that was not always possible. After work that week, I took the weekend and then next two days off of work, the shooting pain evidently stopped and the area after a another week or two looked to be healing.  Week before symptoms: I have been under stress at work and the previous two days before the rash / OB I was working on a boat with another person, we were sharing work equipment and peeing with out washing hands (could he have had it and spread it to me through sharing of phones, equipment if he peed and then touch my phone, then I peed (sorry if stupid question)? My belt could have also been digging into me also, I have been wearing this belt for over a year and never had a problem. Currently, I took a Herpes 1 and 2 test from stdcheck using quest and it came back negative. Symptoms Dec 2/3 test Jan 21, negative results Jan 23. The area in pubic region is still red and appears to be scared but no open sores.   I know it is crazy but with the those symptoms I am still worried. Was that too soon to get a test? Is there any chance of getting if from a co-worker if they have it and touched the same things you did? Would you recommend getting another blood test in 3 months? Thank you for your input.
    • T9000
      Doctors will tell you this, but it's incredibly irresponsible of them, and it's advice that needs to be ignored. You always need to disclose your status before having sex with someone.
    • T9000
      The general public is just really poorly educated when it comes to virology in my opinion. Part of it though is just the fact that there's only so much information a person can remember and care about at one time. However I've always felt like HPV is way more openly discussed than HSV, at least in women's spaces.
    • Forest
      Here is the full science and documentation behind the herpes patent . RNA GUIDED ERADICATION OF HERPES SIMPLEX TYPE I AND OTHER RELATED HERPESVIRUSES   https://patents.justia.com/patent/20180000970   I hope this will help answer your questions.
×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.