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 Post subject: Herpes blood test guide
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:23 am 

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Finally the updated version is ready!!!

Here is the link to all you need to know about testing for herpes:

http://www.ashastd.org/std-sti/Herpes/testing.html


http://www.ashastdwebstore.org/herpes-t ... olkit.html is a booklet you can recommend to your medical provider or order yourself to give to them. It has everything they need to know about herpes testing, including why not to order the herpes igm test and the false positive issues.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:57 pm 

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FYI - missing from the newest blood test guide is when to test. If this is a suspected new infection, you need to wait 4 months for most of the tests to be accurate ( herpeselect is 3 months ). If you have active symptoms though, go and be seen for a lesion culture and typing as soon as you can.

If a partner has recently been diagnosed with genital herpes and you want to know your own status, you can be tested anytime to see what your status is so that you can decide together what precautions need to be taken, if any.


Ask questions on the forum in a post if you have any :)

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 Post subject: Herpes igm testing
PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:33 pm 

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We don't recommend herpes igm testing to be done on adults. The false positive rates are too high and many igm herpes tests also are not type specific so they are of little use. The current 2010 CDC herpes testing guidelines also back not using the igm test for diagnosing herpes in adults.

Bottom line is - if your herpes igm is +, even if it is a type specific herpes igm test, it's still of little use. If your provider has ordered a herpes igm test on you, encourage them to update their herpes testing knowledge and to stop wasting their patients time and money! If you have active symptoms present, they should be doing a lesion culture and typing of it, not just getting blood tests. They can also consider getting a type specific herpes igg blood test at the same time to get a baseline result ( and to see if this truly is a newly acquired infection for you or just your first obvious recurrence of a prior infection ) or if your culture comes back negative for herpes, consider getting a type specific herpes igg blood test in a few months to check for infection in case your lesion culture was falsely negative. The false negative rates for herpes viral cultures can be as high as 70% so it's well worth proper follow up if you had symptoms suspicious for genital herpes.

If you have questions - please start a post on the forum :)

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:23 pm 

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the 2010 cdc herpes testing guidelines specifically recommend not utilizing the herpes igm blood test.

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