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PurpleandGray

Still not positive but my numbers went up?

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PurpleandGray

Hey guys I just got the results from my second STD blood work panel. I'm very thankful to know that I am HIV negative! I however am still considered herpies negative as well?? This is very odd because I know the man I had sex with had herpies abd had a sore present (I'm an idiot fur not knowing what it was). I also had every single symptom of herpies including the tingling and sores. What's also weird is that my percentage went up. On Oct 25th my blood tests showed that I was HSV 2 Igg 0.23. On Nov 27th my numbers increased to HSV 2 Igg Herpeselect AB 0.46. Is it possible that my body is just taking time to show that I'm positive? It will be 3 months from the actual sex next week. Should I get retested in another few months? My reason for wanting to get rested is so I can be honest with furture partners. Any tips on what I should do would be very helpful.

thank you! 

Ps: The doctor tried to take swabs of my sores but they are so tiny they can never complete a culture test. Any other advice? 

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WilsoInAus

Every test kit has a randomised minimum value and is influenced by manual aspects of the testing process. Your test results are therefore most likely the minimum value in each case, that is, a complete absence of antibodies each time.

If this test was at the 10.5 week mark then you can have very high confidence this will remain negative. By all means test again up to 16 weeks post post episode, but there would seem to be extremely low chance of a true positive.

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PurpleandGray

Ohhh I see! I was thinking that the numbers were percentages. I'll for sure get retested at 16 weeks. Until then I'll try to learn as much as I can about the natural remedies.  They want me to see a dermatologists as well? Thanks for your help as always! 

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