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HSV 1 IGG, HERPESELECT TYPE SPECIFIC AB
HSV 1 IGG, HERPESELECT TYPE <.90
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?
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!