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sn4824
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Jan-08-13, 07:42 AM (CST)
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"HSV herpeselect igg results: false negative?"
 
   First of all, thanks to all the contributors to this site. You all make panicking a little more tolerable

HSV 1 IGG, HERPESELECT TYPE SPECIFIC AB
HSV 1 IGG, HERPESELECT TYPE <.90
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HSV 2 IGG, HERPESELECT TYPE SPECIFIC AB
HSV 2 IGG, HERPESELECT TYPE <.90

Above are my results from my Quest Labs herpeselect igg test for genital and oral herpes. As you can see, both came back as <.90.

I am wondering if this could be a false negative. Going into this test, I was 95% certain I had HSV-2. This is why...

Backstory: Slightly over five months ago I fooled around with a woman, hands only. She stopped us from having sex, citing the fact that she thought she had just gotten herpes from another partner, stating how she had red bumps on her bikini line (which I had already touched numerous times at that point...) and that she had gotten flu-like symptoms indicating the likely contraction of the herp. 24 hours later I started getting sick-feeling, with swollen lymph nodes, a sore throat, and achy back. The following 2-3 days I was bed-ridden with flu-like symptoms; symptoms that are all commonly associated with contraction of HSV-2.

Around three weeks later, noticed a couple pimple-like things on the outside of my left butt cheek, followed by some more at the top of my crack (lovely visual, eh?). They went away within a few days, but the big guy on my left cheek left a bit of a mark that is still there, months later. Since then I've had *what I thought* were a few (2-4, maybe?) outbreaks. I even recall feeling like I felt the prodome "tingly" phase for 1-2 of them. Also, about 2.5 months after original exposure, I got a pimple between my belly button and pubic hair and it's still there. Along with that, I got a few tiny tiny ones (6-10, more like tiny red bumps than pimples and not in clusters though some are within an inch or two of each other) on areas that are typically covered with boxers, but not on my actual genitalia. I've had other spots/pimples too that have come and gone. Nothing crazy, but pimply and in my gentialia region nonetheless. I've got pics if anyone so desires to take a look.

So, with 1. the flu-like symptoms after exposure, 2. things that I thought were "outbreaks," (including what I thought was tingling prior to an outbreak) and 3. general pimpliness in my public region all lead me to believe I have HSV-2. But the tests say different. Any idea what could be up?

Notes:
They did bloodwork (not urine). I didn't fast the morning of (nobody had said anything about that). Also didn't pee for over an hour beforehand (like they did request), but guess that didn't matter since it was blood they took.

Thanks for any ideas or thoughts you may have about the validity of the test results!


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Jan-09-13, 07:16 AM (CST)
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1. "IgG testing at 5 months is, in all likelihood, accurate."
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The behavior you describe is far from high risk of transmission. The truth is that herpes is not very easy to transmit especially in absence of penetrative intercourse. My guess about your symptoms is that you may be over sensitive and are looking for symptoms. My advice is to relax and take the test results at face value.

"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Paraphrased from Mark Twain


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sn4824
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Jan-09-13, 10:31 AM (CST)
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2. "RE: IgG testing at 5 months is, in all likelihood, accurate."
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   Hi Rajah,

I appreciate your reply. Appreciate your words of reassurance even more!

I understand my behavior put me at low-risk but the symptoms and timing seemed too uncanny. I'm not sure what this could be if not HSV-2. Of course I'm relieved at the test results and after hearing your thoughts but I'm a little confused about what it could be.

Before I decide to go to a provider to get whatever I have checked out (which I'm unsure how to do since I'm uninsured), would you say that a score of <.90 on a herpeselect igg test is pretty much definitive? I know there is a slight chance of error with the tests, but from what I understand that usually deals with low positives, not scores below <.90. I do see the title of your reply but just wondering if you could elaborate.

Thanks again, looking forward to hearing back!


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Rajahadmin
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Jan-11-13, 12:01 PM (CST)
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3. "IgG testing results.."
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Some folks are known to have tested positive by three weeks. By 16 weeks 98% of infected folks show as a clear positive. You're well past that so I would take your results as definitive.

Our imaginations can do strange things, not that I'm saying you're not having some symptoms, but your interpretation might be suspect. We know from experience that it's easy to take any odd thing as being due to herpes when it's something else.

"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Paraphrased from Mark Twain


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