I've been swabbed a couple times at an STD clinic (thankfully came back negative both times) but I noticed they refer to their test as a "Real-time PCR". Is this the same as the PCR swab test that we all refer to on here? The doctor who swabbed me the second time seemed to think she needed fluid or an open lesion to be able to swab me but did it anyway... she seemed a bit confused about what the actual swab test was. But the lady who read me the results said it was a real-time PCR and I was previously told (after my first swab) that this clinic's swab test is highly sensitive and can pick up shedding, so that sounds like a typical PCR to me. Any thoughts?
By Chris Taylor
Month 1 negative hsv2 igg
Month 2 and 3 negative hsv 1 and 2 igg
Month 4 negative hsv 1 and 2 igg
Month 5 negative hsv off
Month 5 negative pcr cell swab inside and outside urethra. Most painful experience ever.
How accurate are these pcr cell swab tests? Since I have no so sores or blisters that they could swab I went when I thought I would have an outbreak, which was when I was having urethral pain and inflammation and nerve pain all around , I went to get it swabbed. Kinda took some skin off, still painful. Asking since my symptoms don't go away. Could it all be in my head. I had protected sex and oral, probably lasted 5 minutes. But these symptoms came after 3 days of possible exposure.
By Chris Taylor
I'm negative after 4 months for both hsv 1 and 2 but still have herpes type symptoms , I'm about to go take a PCR test , I want to know if this is going to be accurate. I've read that some say yes and others say no. I have no active lesion or blister , so I don't know if it's recommended, I'm so lost. Would appreciate an input before I follow through with it.
First off, I have atypical symptoms that are difficult to swab because there's no convenient blister to pop. I've had more than a dozen swab tests done, all negative. I've read numerous reports of swab tests being incredibly inaccurate, and I'd have to say that they appear to be nearly worthless at least for my situation. I'd like to know whether I'm dealing with HSV1 or 2.
That being said, I have had a really hard time finding a clinic or lab that offers PCR testing. I have even been told that the FDA, in keeping with their typical commitment to being worse than useless, hasn't approved a PCR test for men. In fact I was told that only vaginal PCR tests are available from one lab. Is that true? If not, how can I find a PCR test? Naturally, most doctors and nurses seem to consider a request for a test that might actually have some accuracy to be outrageous and exotic.
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