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dear friends , during my suspected sexual encounter  i remember there was a slight tear in condom . after 3-4 days redness and swollen penis tip were the symptoms ....then after about a month a slight cut on head base was visible which turned into ulcer......i waited about 3 months to get tested for all stds ........lab results were all negative except hsv2 4.5 igg.....i got devastated....but seen several posts about false positive ,,,so i again collected my strength and wen for another lab...lab results were both hsv 1 &2 negative ie below 1 test was again igg.......now i got happy and confused both...so as a remedy to my confusion i got retested again in a renowned lab for hsv...results were same herpes igg NEGATIVE.......as far as symptoms are considered i do not developed any blisters or ulcer as a out break ever since 1 yr after exposure ,,,,but i do have occasional redness and soreness on same spot again and again which gives some type of burning sensation,, ans yes im uncircumcised and some smegma develops even before encounter ....guys pls help and clear my mind with your knowledge nd experiences 

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WilsoInAus

Hey mate and welcome.

I think it is fair to say that you most probably were not infected in the episode you describe. However as a sexually active adult there are always possibilities.

I note you are India thus it is not clear what your first IgG result means. What was positive for this test? Were the results expressed as Ru/mL?

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@WilsoInAus thank u brother , first test was igg ....and it was stated that below 1 is negative and some 1-1.2 was equivocal i guess in all countries same representation is done ...and yes im not sexually active just 3-4 protected  encounters in 4-5 years ....what make u think im  not infected ..? ....and how is it possible for two back to back negative results(below 1 Igg) after one positive result with not so low value ie 4.5 .....now what should i do to rule out all possibilities? Should i get retested for igg blood test again ? Or should i consider myself a herpes free guy . Thanks 

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There are different tests. The Euroiummun is an example where >20 is positive, I believe this test is not uncommon in India.

The most likely explanation is a lab error for the positive test, a mixed up sample or contamination or manual process error with the control.

Two negative tests carry a lot of weight. If you have never had lesions on your penis that also adds considerable weight.

The balance of probabilities is clearly with you not carrying the advice. If you want further confidence, then I suggest one of the following:

- request blood samples to be drawn at the same time and sent to two labs with one doing the Herpeselect and one doing Euroimmun; or

- if you can afford it, see if it is possible to obtain a Westernblot, printout the information from the University of Washington website and see what your doctor thinks can be done.

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Thanks a lot .....but as i mentioned redness and burning sensation and sore ness on the same spot on penile head is still there ...  And probably about one month after encounter near  my penile head base a slight cut was observed which turned into shallow ulcer (no blisters etc) ...which healed and after that i didn't developed any shallow ulcer as well till date... are these not hsv symptoms ? ... .i would like to ask you is it possible to show up  two false negative tests ? And is it possible that some guys do not develop antibodies to show up on igg ? ....

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Herpes symptoms will not generally take a month to appear after infection, usually within a week. Cuts are a rare symptom and even then far more common for females.

False negatives occur 1-2% of the time for a HSV-2 test and this is more commonly for people who have had the virus a long time.

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Thank you for replying so fast.. U are a nice human being.. I will do the same as u suggested ...u certainly gave me some confidence...could i message u personally  after getting any update from my next test?... It was very nice talking u . :) 

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Anytime mate, and please keep the whole board updated. Many people read the internet for stories (they probably shouldn't but they do!) and it would be great for everyone to see the outcome.

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