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Exceeder

Someone tell me where I stand...

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Exceeder

OK...I went into see my doctor about 6 weeks after I had a case of the Stupids with a girl my mom wouldn't have approved of.

He ordered a blood test, and everything came back negative except for the HSV test, which came back "positive".

IgG+

IgM-

The lady who gave me this information over the phone didn't sound like she knew anything about what she was talking about.

She said that I had both HSV1 and HSVII, but she sounded very unsure about the whole thing. She didn't sound confident at all, especially when I asked about HSVI.

I have NEVER had a noticeable outbreak, nor have I ever had a cold sore.

Is there a better test that I should request that can provide me with more information?

Is there a way to double check against false positives, or even determine how old the infection is or what area of my body it might be in?

What if this is from my years of wrestling and weightlifting in high school, and the point of infection is some spot on my ankle or something (herpes gladiatorum)? I doubt it, but who knows?

Any insight from anybody would be great!

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Claudia

Can you talk with the doctor himself? I recommend you ask to actually see the documented results, and then take a copy with you so you know exactly what test you had. Then you can do some of your own research, or just have your facts straight if you talk with a doctor who does know what they are talking about.

Good luck!

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Exceeder
Can you talk with the doctor himself? I recommend you ask to actually see the documented results, and then take a copy with you so you know exactly what test you had. Then you can do some of your own research, or just have your facts straight if you talk with a doctor who does know what they are talking about.

Good luck!

Thanks, I have an appt. on the 22nd!

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Mr_Smith

Exceeder,

When you have your appointment, ask your doctor why he ordered a Herpes Test (the IgM) that's not recommend by the CDC for herpes testing. Let him/her know it can't determine a recent infection with accuracy over 65%, and that most labs don't offer anymore.

And then ask for your money back!!

As Claudia mentions, get hard copies of your results.

Regards

Mr Smith

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Exceeder
Exceeder,

When you have your appointment, ask your doctor why he ordered a Herpes Test (the IgM) that's not recommend by the CDC for herpes testing. Let him/her know it can't determine a recent infection with accuracy over 65%, and that most labs don't offer anymore.

And then ask for your money back!!

As Claudia mentions, get hard copies of your results.

Regards

Mr Smith

I would like a second test regardless, because they didn't sound too confident that I had both HSV1 and 2...I am pretty sure I have HSV2, but it would be nice to know if I have HSV1 as well.

Is there a time limit to how soon I have to take the test to determine recent infection? I mean, I am having an outbreak now, but its so mild I might not have ever noticed them before...

The best test to get is the Western Blot, is that correct?

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Mr_Smith

If you're having an outbreak now, and it been less than 48 hours, I would get to the doctors for a culture test ASAP, like today!! Keep in mind culture tests are commonly negative because of timing issues. A negative culture doesn't mean you don't have the virus, rather there was no virus present at the time of swabbing.

While a second test may be warranted, more important is getting copies of your first test for a better understanding.

Determining a recent infection is tricky. If you are blood test neg now, and a culture test now returns positive, that a true indication of recent exposure. And then one would expect a follow up blood test in 3 month to be positive. But if you get blood tested now, and it's been longer than 2-3 weeks since possible exposure, there no way to prove it's a new infection if positive. A negative test now can be used as a base line.

It's more common for this virus to have mild, even unnoticed outbreaks, than an obvious outbreak. This is why so many people don't realize they have the virus.

1 in 4 adults have HSV2, but 90% don't know it. 60-80% of the world population has HSV1. Next time your in class or the office, look around. If there are 100 people, 25 of them have Genital Herpes HSV2, yet only 2 know it.

Yes the WesternBlot is the best test, however, for most people it's not necessary. And if you do your research, you'll find the WesternBlot isn't as good as the HerpeSelect test in picking up HSV1 infections.

Regards

Mr Smith

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