I got back my results from the lab. herpeselect was used and it also said positive at IgG 1.77. I read around the community and online and saw some cases where a low number such as mine has a chance of false positive. Since I'm still a virgin and did no engage in risky behavior, my results have a chance at being a false positive right?
How do I go about getting tested via western blot? My doctor is clueless and only knows how to request it from the lab. I don't think the lab would order one for me since my doctor's idea of ordering it is to ask the lab to order it on the lab request. Please help, god this is stressful.
IgM antibodies are only sporadically produced by the body. Hence a negative does not mean an absence of the virus. Further, the incidence of false positives is quite high, hence a positive is not reliable either.
IgG antibodies are produced from 1-3 months after infection and are there constantly for life for most everyone. This is hence the much better test.
You my have HSV1, most people do and most get it in their youth. HSV1 does not cause dry lips, but dry lips can cause an outbreak. Only direct contact with the infected area of a carrier poses a risk of transmission.
Only a IgM test was done. So i should a test done on my IgG? Why shouldn't the IgM be done on adults?
Another note, a bit off topic, would it be possible to be infected with HSV1 as a virgin since HSV2 is impossible? My doctor said that since i wasn't sexually active at all i could have got it from sharing drinks or utensils or towels. im very germophobic so i don' think its from utensils and for drinks my roomate and sometimes use the same dishes, after they are cleaned in a diswasher. Is it possible for someone to get HSV through such contact?
IgM is not a test that should be applied to adults, it is usually meaningless when either positive or negative.
As a virgin, you cannot be infected genitally with HSV2.
Did you have IgG testing as well, a doctor should never do IgM without IgG for HSV1 and HSV2?