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Help! I’m not sure if I have HSV 2

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Stweffy

Hello,

I recently broke up with my ex in late January because I found out he’s been cheating on me with a lot of people. Between January 13-21 we had unprotected sexual intercourse everyday. 

On February 1st I got a blood test out of paranoia that I might have gotten something from him. (At the time of this blood test it’ll be almost 3 weeks from “initial exposure”). The test result came back and my HSV 2 IgG value was 0.95, equivocal. But my incompetent gynecologist told me I tested positive for genital herpes and just told me to go back if I ever get any symptoms. 

I have a pretty neurotic personality and being inbetween negative and positive for this incurable virus has caused me a lot of distressed. So 7 weeks after my first blood test (10 weeks after “initial exposure) I went to planned parenthood in hopes of getting a confirmation blood test. 

I spent a lot of time arguing with the doctor who advised me against this because the CDC disapproves of herpes testing with blood sample. Ultimately I was able to get a blood test and my HSV 2 IgG value came back 1.05 (0.10 higher than the first test but still equivocal). 

Ive had no symptoms at all not even the mild symptoms that usually go unnoticed. 

I’m just incredibly confused as to whether I have genital herpes or not. I’ve tested equivocal for it twice already. The fact that my IgG value increased by 0.10 within the 7 week period is telling me that I most likely have it. 

I don’t know what to take from all this. Please help!

Thank you

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LizzieJ

I would say that you're negative, but if you want to look into it more I found this thread:

 

I was diagnosed almost 10 years ago, but have never really had any symptoms. No big outbreaks. After being tested repeatedly tested and having low-positive test results, this year my test results came up negative. I got tested a 2nd time to confirm the negative result. There is no way that my test results should be negative, because once you have those antibodies they stay with you for life. But either way, I'm considering getting a western blot test.

 

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Scooby2112

Do you have hsv1?   

You don't mention testing for HSV1.  I am assuming that is because you know you have cold sores (oral herpes)?

If this is true than I would agree that your hsv2 could be elevated due to cross reactivity with the antibodies from HSV1.  

However I wouldn't be able to confirm you are hsv2 negative as your testing is still early you could be building an antibody response currently and by three months it could be a solid positive.  

Prior hsv1 can also make the symptoms very minimal to non existent for genital HSV2.  Since the hsv1 antibodies may have enough efficacy to prevent significant symptoms.  

Sorry I am very speculative but don't have enough history, feel free to comment more and we can provide more advice. 

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