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Miss K

My blood test was negative for type 2 but swab test was positive for type 2. Doc explained the infection may be new and isn't showing up in blood yet. I've been reading about false positives and different test called Western Blot. Anyone heard of this?

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WilsoInAus

It takes up to 12-16 weeks to test positive after infection on an IgG test

This is hence highly suggestive that the infection is very recent, literally days before the sores appeared. Does this make sense.

The swab is pretty much definitive. There may be a question as to type as some culture tests do not type. Ask for the results of the immunofluoresence test result or request it be performed on the sample if it was a culture. If it was a PCR test, then the typing is performing within the test automatically.

If all this stacks up, you will not need a blood test.

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Ladyb2018

Same thing happened to me I am going to test again for type 1 but my blood test are negative . I believe I had an outbreak and my culture came back type 1 but it was very mild (thank God) . My doctor seems to think I won’t have another OB period and I really hope I don’t. Nonetheless, I hear for very strong immune systems like mine they say it can take 6 months to develop antibodies, if you develop them at all . 

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