The Western Blot test results finally came back yesterday after 4 weeks (I think they're busy with covid-19 testing at the moment). Negative for HSV2, as we suspected given the drop in antibody levels February to June, the negative supplemental test results in February, the lack of symptoms, and having no obvious source. Yay!
That false positive result though probably ruined a really great budding relationship, and the whole ordeal was emotionally painful and expensive. I really do now understand the CDC guidance on not testing without symptoms. This has been a mess. :(
All that said, many thanks, auntiejessi, for pointing out the facts that made that positive seem less likely and keeping me calm. That was much appreciated! I was going to be ok with being positive for HSV2 after reading more on these pages, but it was helpful to know that I was likely actually negative.
Can you tell me what you mean by this:
"had slightly elevated HSV2 antibody levels (1.08) but a positive specific test"
What is the positive specific test? Is that an IgM test? If that's the case, ignore the IgM because it's terribly unreliable, and the CDC and every single expert in the field says that test should never be done for herpes. It's designed to look for new infections, but it's wrong at least as often as it's right.
A test result of 1.95 has probably an 80-85% chance of being a false positive. The supplemental tests are new, and from what I've seen so far, the negative results seem good. I've seen positive ones that end up negative on the Western Blot, though.
I'm glad you're getting the WB. That will resolve this. I'm sorry your relationship is ending over this, but that just means he's not your guy, and to be honest, he scares way too easy lol. You deserve better. I always say that herpes isn't ever a good enough reason to leave a good relationship, or to stay in a bad one. Whatever happens, you'll be okay. :)