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    • WilsoInAus
      Just because you have HSV-1 doesn't mean everything that happens on your lips is related to HSV. It does seem like a dermatologist would be a good move if your doctor is not thinking broadly enough.
    • whereismyanswer
      Yes, taken the blood test and came back positive for HSV1.  I wish it was angular cheilitis. I'm going to look into other doctors for treatment options.  
    • Just a human being
      A lot of people don’t understand me nor the importance of the emerging evidence. They think I’m promoting a product or here for financial gain! They mistake a complex social environment with science failing to realise it’s an open poll with many factors affecting the outcomes! They mistake anecdotal trying as the way forward over the importance of the emerging evidence to shed more light on the mechanisms of how clearance could be achieved. That it opens up the further discourse for integrative medicine and related sectors in healthcare. That it means people will no longer have to run around for decades trying to find their answers! Our doctors and scientists are persecuted and ridiculed and too scared to speak the truth! Unless we build a groundswell movement behind it things won’t change. Instead people seek to destroy what they don’t understand! It’s been a tough, frustrating year arguing and advocating for the recognition of integrative medicine. Often with those HSV infected trying to beat it down THE MOST! I guess in any troubled times we have thoughts to turn back to to give us strength. Mine is Lady GaGa. Bullied at school and rejected many many times in her early career Lady GaGa is one of the wealthiest and most influential pop stars. Arguing for her brand of pop music she knew it was the next big thing but getting people to listen was harder.  Lady GaGa often gives inspirational speeches of success after much rejection: “It’s not about winning,” Gaga continued. “What it is about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. If there is a discipline, or passion, it’s not how many times you get rejected or you fall down or are beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and keep on going.” At the start of the year we looked into the astrology of the year. This is the year of Rahu. Rahu brings change with shocks to break down barriers and taboos. I have to say I groaned at little damn shocks and shakes haven’t I had enough in my life! We have certainly had many! I will not stop standing up for the truth and recognition of integrative medicine! Unity in the community is important. Stop destroying recognition of your treatment. Educate yourself on the complex social environment and start thinking like a scientist! Again I think of Lady GaGa.    START ROARING FOR CHANGE!             
    • WilsoInAus
      Hey @whereismyanswer my only comment for now is that are you sure these are cold sores and not another condition such as angular cheilitis? Valtrex is effective against oral cold sores in 95%+ of cases so there's a chance that something else is contributing at least.
    • WilsoInAus
      Hey @Hjkl33 and welcome to the community. You are right to dismiss the IgM results, they have no real value in an adult for all the reasons I'm sure you have read about. Your positive test is a very low positive and hence very likely to be false. This combined with what I suspect has been no outbreaks makes a false positive highly likely. Another IgG test will help your understanding, just insist this is what you want.
hopefull123

8 Months later

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hopefull123

Hey everyone, so I recently went to redo my hsv 2 igg through herpselect after 8 months. The result interpretation is neg>0.90-1.10<pos.  Going back 8 months ago:

Oct 23, 2019- igg 1.03 (6 weeks after encounter)

Nov 26, 2019- igg 0.94 (11 1/2 weeks after)

Current May 20, 2020- igg 1.57 (9 months after)

I thought this would be lower but it looks like its getting higher. I don't know what to think. I haven't noticed no lesions, blisters, sores throughout the whole 8 months. I get itchy/ tingling feelings around groin area, but i don't know whether its herps or just normal itch. I'm really down because I truly thought i'd be cleared with a negative. Please, i would really appreciate anyones thought on this! Thank you.

 

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WilsoInAus

hey @hopefull123 most people who are infected would test over 5 after 8 months.

There are junk proteins that stick to the antigen that’s forms part of the IgG test and cause low positives. No one knows precisely why this happens or what these proteins are or what might be a cause for their presence.

If you’re seeking further confidence, the Westernblot is perfect if you can access it.

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hopefull123

Thank you for your feedback. With these results, do you think i'm positive or negative @WilsoInAus ? Also why do these proteins not do the same for the hsv 1 igg

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hopefull123

Also if any else had this issue and tested negative or positive later, please comment or leave feedback. All this is having me on an emotional rollercoaster.

 

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WilsoInAus
5 hours ago, hopefull123 said:

Thank you for your feedback. With these results, do you think i'm positive or negative @WilsoInAus ? Also why do these proteins not do the same for the hsv 1 igg

You can only go with the odds that would suggest the chance of someone like yourself going on to be positive would be less than 5%.

Proteins do impact HSV-1 testing as well, but as well over 50% of people have HSV-1 it just isn’t as noticeable or queried with Westernblot tests as often.

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hopefull123

I really appreciate your response! Where do you get your percentage’s from? Also i've read something that herpes can take years to get symptoms, whats that about? I don't exercise, or eat healthy (meaning eating veggies and stuff), I drink a lot(I'm a depressed alcoholic), I smoke cigs (or nicotine out of vapes). Knowing this, do you think if i was positive i would've had symptoms already?

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How would i go forth for the westernblot? or should i retest in a couple week?

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WilsoInAus
26 minutes ago, hopefull123 said:

I really appreciate your response! Where do you get your percentage’s from? Also i've read something that herpes can take years to get symptoms, whats that about? I don't exercise, or eat healthy (meaning eating veggies and stuff), I drink a lot(I'm a depressed alcoholic), I smoke cigs (or nicotine out of vapes). Knowing this, do you think if i was positive i would've had symptoms already?

Papers like this: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2820239/

typically show that for positive people, about 30-50% of low positives. This is linear from about 5% at 1.1 to 95% at 3.5. Hence your 1.57 result is about a 20% chance of being a real positive.

If you have say a population chance of having herpes at 25% then this is 5% chance.

I am not sure where you read that, most people experience something when infected, especially if they have no type (1 or 2)  of herpes yet.

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hopefull123

Damn so reading that, from my understanding is that I have a 5% chance that its false positive. Because it says that above 1.5 there is a 4.3% its a false positive, but correct me of I'm wrong. My only issue is that it has no timeframe within testing individuals within having sex. The earliest it said was 2 week after sex. So the negative’s itself can be false. I'm hoping you're right tho. Thank you@WilsoInAus for responding. Sorry if i bother you with questions. Going back to what influences antibody production, what makes the antibodies (igg or whatever) value increase?

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