Aa
Aa
A
A
A
Close
Avatar universal

False Positive for HSV-2?

I got blood work done two times. I went to my gynecologist for a regular checkup and asked her if I can also have blood work done. I don't have any symptoms. Never had an outbreak. I just wanted to get blood work done because I have never got it done before. My index for hsv 1/2 were POSITIVE both times. I can believe that I have hsv 1 because I have had cold sores. I was so shocked when the doctor told me I was positive for hsv-2. I have had only two sexual partners my entire life. These are my results:

4/10/2017
HSV 1 IGG Type Specific AB = 55.30
HSV 2 IGG Type Specific AB = 1.38

4/28/2017
HSV 1 IGG Type Specfic AB = 58.0
HSV 2 IGG Type Specific AB = 1.14
HSV 1 IGM SCREEN = negative
HSV 2 IGM SCREEN = negative

As you can see, my index for HSV 2 went down. Can this possibly be a false positive? My doctor told me to wait atleast 6 weeks after the first blood test but I was so frustrated & scared I told her I wanted another blood test before the 6 weeks. Since my index went down, that is a good sign right? If my index went up, it would mean I recently got HSV 2. What are the possibilities that this is a false positive? I have done some research and I read that a high HSV 1 index can cause false positives for HSV 2. Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated! I have been driving myself nuts trying to figure out if I am positive or not.
3 Responses
Avatar universal
I forgot to mention, the lab was quest diagnostics. Index values are: >1.09 = positive, .90-1.09 = equivocal, <.09 = negative
15249123 tn?1478652475
COMMUNITY LEADER
This is pretty common when someone has hsv1. Hsv2 igg tests are sensitive and cross over can and does happen. In your circumstances i am extremely confident you do not have hsv2. You can contact the universaty of washington and get the westernblot kit sent to you. Tbis is the gold standard of hsv testing and used in cases like this where someone needs a confirmation test.
1 Comments
Thank you! That put my mind to ease! Can my doctor order it or do I have to contact university of Washington myself? I asked my quest diagnostics lab and they said they can do it but my doctor has to order it. I thought quest doesn't do WB anymore? Hm. I'm not sure.
15249123 tn?1478652475
COMMUNITY LEADER
If quest will still do it then that is the way ro go. Have your dr order it.
I wish you the best. Please keep me posted.
1 Comments
Thanks! I'll keep you posted.
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Herpes Community

Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Here are 16 facts you need to know to protect yourself from contracting or spreading a sexually transmitted disease.
How do you keep things safer between the sheets? We explore your options.
Can HIV be transmitted through this sexual activity? Dr. Jose Gonzalez-Garcia answers this commonly-asked question.
A breakthrough study discovers how to reduce risk of HIV transmission by 95 percent.
Dr. Jose Gonzalez-Garcia provides insight to the most commonly asked question about the transfer of HIV between partners.
The warning signs of HIV may not be what you think. Our HIV and STD expert Sean Cummings reports in-depth on the HIV "Triad" and other early symptoms of this disease.