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PurpleandGray

What blood test do I ask for?

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PurpleandGray

Hey everyone, sorry for so many posts today! I'm just trying to figure everything out about this virus. About a month into my OB I got a blood test which came back negative for all STD's including herpies. I realize that my body simply may have not made antibodies at that time SO I'll get retested in a month or so. My question is what test do I ask my doctor for? I have seen people on here  about specific blood tests for HSV (I thought it was something like igg??) Do you guys feel that getting retested three months after my first outbreak started is long enough? Or should I wait a few more months? I guess any explanation on how to get tested for herpies after getting negative results would be helpful. TY! 

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WilsoInAus

The correct test to request is for IgG antibodies type specific for HSV-1 and HSV-2. No other blood test has credibility.

If you do not have HSV-1 already, then 12 weeks from the last possible exposure will be conclusive and you can be confident in whatever the result tells you. HSV-1 can be a little tricky to determine the actual location, but cross that bridge when you come to it.

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