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Hey guys I tested HSV 2 (IGG), Type-Spec AB 0.95 (equivocal) back on 2/27. I just retested and received my results today (blood was drawn on Monday) and it’s coming up equivocal again 🤦‍♂️
 

The results on this second test were 

HSV 2 (IGG),TYPE-SPEC ABYour Value0.94
Unit: index
(NOTE)
Index Interpretation
----- --------------
<0.90 Negative
0.90-1.09 Equivocal
>1.09 Positive

 

I’ve never had an outbreak and although I’m promiscuous, I do use condoms. The amount of igg detected has dropped by .01 and I’m assuming that if I did have it it should have gone up not down. Now I’m no doctor but even the doctors are confused about the equivocal results. 
 

I had the first doctor tell me it’s the same as a positive but I read differently online. This same doctor also told me that if you don’t have an outbreak you can’t pass it, which is false. So I definitely didn’t trust that first doctor and went for a second opinion. 
 

The second opinion was altogether lost about the equivocal results. They didn’t have a good answer and suggested another test. They also examined my genital area for any outbreak (which they didn’t find because I’ve never had one). Another equivocal result this time slightly lower I’m pretty sure at this point all I can do is wait it out a month and get tested again. I wanna have sex so bad but at the same time I’m a responsible person and definitely would not want to pass anything on to anybody so I’ve been holding out until I know for sure I do or don’t have it. 

@WilsoInAus

one last thing... one of the doctors there did say that if you come in contact with a minuscule amount (not enough to infect you, because most people do come in contact with minuscule amounts.) that that’s the reason we have the igg antibodies in our body. So I was thinking maybe I could have come in contact with a small amount and thus the reason for this equivocal amount. I dunno I’m fucking confused.

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Hey @Fernie

It is not unusual for low positives to persist for a period of time, or even be permanent (this is sometimes observed in people with HSV-1 for example).

As such, this test strengthens the chance you are truly negative. Remember most people with the virus test over 3.5. It is quite probable if Focus Diagnostics had their time again, they'd have adjusted what constitutes positive to be a higher level.

There is actually some truth in what the doctors said, however it does not apply to HSV IgG antibodies. There is a part of your immune system involving Tcells that have memory properties such that some people who do get HSV-2 on their skin may actually train their skin aspects of their immune system to respond to HSV-2. However blood borne IgG antibodies are not stimulated in this way.

There is no evidence you have HSV-2. With use of condoms and even disclosure of your situation, I don't see any reason not to be having sex.

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1 hour ago, WilsoInAus said:

Hey @Fernie

It is not unusual for low positives to persist for a period of time, or even be permanent (this is sometimes observed in people with HSV-1 for example).

As such, this test strengthens the chance you are truly negative. Remember most people with the virus test over 3.5. It is quite probable if Focus Diagnostics had their time again, they'd have adjusted what constitutes positive to be a higher level.

There is actually some truth in what the doctors said, however it does not apply to HSV IgG antibodies. There is a part of your immune system involving Tcells that have memory properties such that some people who do get HSV-2 on their skin may actually train their skin aspects of their immune system to respond to HSV-2. However blood borne IgG antibodies are not stimulated in this way.

There is no evidence you have HSV-2. With use of condoms and even disclosure of your situation, I don't see any reason not to be having sex.


Hey, @WilsoInAus you’re the man! Thanks for responding. 
 

I am HSV1 positive, last month I think I tested at 1.58 igg and this month 1.60igg. 
 

I’m going to wait 12 weeks and get tested again. Thanks again for the response.

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On 3/12/2020 at 9:12 PM, WilsoInAus said:

Hey @Fernie

It is not unusual for low positives to persist for a period of time, or even be permanent (this is sometimes observed in people with HSV-1 for example).

As such, this test strengthens the chance you are truly negative. Remember most people with the virus test over 3.5. It is quite probable if Focus Diagnostics had their time again, they'd have adjusted what constitutes positive to be a higher level.

There is actually some truth in what the doctors said, however it does not apply to HSV IgG antibodies. There is a part of your immune system involving Tcells that have memory properties such that some people who do get HSV-2 on their skin may actually train their skin aspects of their immune system to respond to HSV-2. However blood borne IgG antibodies are not stimulated in this way.

There is no evidence you have HSV-2. With use of condoms and even disclosure of your situation, I don't see any reason not to be having sex.

Hey @WilsoInAus I’ve been looking into what people say about two equivocal hsv2 igg tests and I found this on the fda’s website.

“If the second specimen is also equivocal, the patient is negative for primary or recent infection, and equivocal for antibody status. If the second sample is positive, the patient can be considered to have previous experience with HSV-2 infection.“

 

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/reviews/K152353.pdf

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6 hours ago, Tee083000 said:

I tested positive for HSV 1 with it showing as 1.18. So do I need to get retested and (if) when do I need to get retested?

Yes and no. The most likely interpretation here is that you have an oral HSV-1 infection from childhood. Do you recall oral cold sores? Did you notice oral cold sores on your parents perhaps? It is not likely that your number will change a great a deal with a test so soon after this one. 

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No I’ve never had any symptoms or anything. So I don’t know how long I’ve had it

And so would I need to go get retested 12 weeks from now to ensure?

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