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If you already test positive for HSV-1 and think you've been infected with HSV-2 will the test results show that you have detectable antiobodies for both type 1 and 2? These are my blood test results.

1st time (ELISA TEST)

HSV-1 Ig G type specific 5.60

HSV-2 " 0.26

2nd time about 1.5 months later

HSV-1 7.04

HSV-2 0.08

Both types were positive but according to the doctor and the range below, I'm HSV-2 negative for detectable antibodies. very confusing.

<0.90 Negative for detectable antibodies

0.90 - 1.10 Equivocal

>1.10 Postive-Antibody detected

Could the rise of HSV-1 in the 2nd blood test indicate I'm HSV-2 since blood tests aren't accurate and can't tell the difference.

Has anybody tested positive for both? Feedback please!!! Thank you. :D

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Seems like Rich isn't here yet today....

I want to help, but I don't know so much about blood test itself...

But I found this passage in www.herpesdiagnosis.com/blood.html

-------- However, there is a good chance that the wrong type of HSV antibody will be diagnosed or that antibodies to HSV-2 will be missed. Patients with previous antibodies to HSV-1 (made in response to oral herpes or "cold sores") who acquire HSV-2 genital herpes are most likely to be misdiagnosed by these tests as "HSV-1 only". Thus, many HSV-2 infections will not be detected by these tests. ------------------

Many other information about blood test is on this page. So check it out adding to information that Concerned about Herpes2 gave you.

I had ELISA myself, but in many information sources say that Western blot is the most accurate one. (but I also heard a case of false result of Western blot....)


Sorry.. this is all I know.

Best wishes..


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Unfortunatly I cant help you out either... I've never studied results from herpes tests... I havn't a clue what those numbers mean, sorry... Best bet is to ask your doctor....



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Hey Faith,

How hard is it to get a blood test? Both doctors I have been to do not think that it is necessary etc. I do not live in a big area either.

I am going to a derm next month - first chance I can get in anyway I just want piece of mind. 3 docs have told me it is not herpes but I still think it could be I guess.

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I guess... you just have to insist... Cuz I think, you know your body the most..

I don't know where you can go for the test in your area, but.. I think most doctors (dermatologists, gynecologists, urogists) can do the blood test for you....

I would call doctors' offices on yellow pages and find out what kind of test they provide.. They can't refuse, as long as you're paying for it.

I had ELISA at a dermatology.

Best wishes...


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How long after you were infected did you take the ELISA test and did you get accurate results?


About 7 months.

Came out HSV-2 positive.

When the result is positive, it's very much accurate.

Best wishes..


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Ah Rich! Merry Christmas!! :D

Yes, I had an outbreak ( blister) 7 month before I took that test. And I believe 99.999% that was my first outbreak, but test result was negative and no doctor found out that was herpes outbreak..


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