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cryptkeeper

My pcr swab came back positive for hsv 2. I'm just itching to know if this is a recent infection as I've had similar symptoms about a year ago but chalked them up as allergic rashes. 

Will an Elisa blood test from labcorp tell me that? I know a false positive is generally anything below 3.5 but if I had higher than that would this prove my theory that I've had this longer than just recently?

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No it won't tell you that. The number is largely irrelevant as far as determining whether it's recent or not. Generally, if an IGG test is positive, then all it means is that you have probably had the virus for at least 3 months or longer.

If the lesions or rash were in the same spot, looked similar and you subsequently tested positive via swab, then you can be pretty sure those symptoms were herpes.

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15 minutes ago, Free73 said:

No it won't tell you that. The number is largely irrelevant as far as determining whether it's recent or not. Generally, if an IGG test is positive, then all it means is that you have probably had the virus for at least 3 months or longer.

If the lesions or rash were in the same spot, looked similar and you subsequently tested positive via swab, then you can be pretty sure those symptoms were herpes.

They were in a few different spots all in the "boxer shorts" area but looked basically the same as the recent one. I don't really wanna waste the money if it's pretty clear that's what they were. It'll also give me peace of mind that my body has at least fought this for about a year to decrease shedding slightly. 

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Honestly, I think its a waste of money. Once you get a reliable diagnosis, wanting to then establish when you may have got it is a waste of time, money and energy.

Your primary (or first outbreak) is generally accompanied by flu like symptoms and you can generally feel pretty sick. So if this outbreak was mild, then it's probably a recurrence and you were infected some time ago.

 

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17 minutes ago, Free73 said:

Honestly, I think its a waste of money. Once you get a reliable diagnosis, wanting to then establish when you may have got it is a waste of time, money and energy.

Your primary (or first outbreak) is generally accompanied by flu like symptoms and you can generally feel pretty sick. So if this outbreak was mild, then it's probably a recurrence and you were infected some time ago.

 

Yeah no flu or sick symptoms at all, and cleared up fairly quick. Thanks for your response. I guess I just needed someone to validate my own assumptions. 

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