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Terri Warren recently told someone on her forum that they are no longer recommending waiting 16 weeks to be tested as it does not appear to affect the sensitivity of the test. This has been the standard wait time that has been preached for years on end. What has changed?

November 9, 2020 at 6:54 am#71712
Terri Warren
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We are no longer suggesting that people wait until 16 weeks to get tested – it doesn’t appear to help the sensitivity of the test.

Terri

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Nothing has really changed, it’s just that too few people test positive in the 12-16 week period (if they haven’t had a positive swab).

Are you talking 16 weeks for the Westernblot? That was the standard because it was supposed as it is looking for 30 antibodies instead of one that it may take longer to identify most of the 30.

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Oh. So it sounds like there is still much more left to learn and study regarding these tests then. Does this mean that people should not be as confident as previously believed if they test negative at 16 weeks via the blood tests?

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12 hours ago, brucerbleach said:

Oh. So it sounds like there is still much more left to learn and study regarding these tests then. Does this mean that people should not be as confident as previously believed if they test negative at 16 weeks via the blood tests?

No the opposite, they are learning more about the behaviour of the antibodies with respect to banding as thousands more test results are added to the library. You should be even more confident in the test results than before.

What Terri is referring to in that particular post is that no lesions to swab and a negative test at say 7 weeks puts you too far into beyond reasonable doubt territory that you don't have herpes to retest.

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