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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:12 pm 

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This past June I had an a very bad outbreak after I got a wax. I'd never had an outbreak before. Subjectively and objectively it seem obvious. I went and was tested with a positive result for herpes. Type was not specified at that time and I did not know to ask.

Very recently the only person I could have gotten it from took an ELIZA IgG/IgM with a negative result. At his request I also took the ELIZA test at a local LabCorp ($95) and my result was negative for either type. I don't understand this.

I'm thinking maybe I just don't understand enough about the testing? That partner wants to convice me that neither of us have it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:07 am 

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I'd call where you were tested at to see if it was typed or not. perhaps it was and they just didn't tell you.

you also can talk to your provider about getting a herpes WB blood test done. Sometime they'll pick up on a herpes infection other tests miss. otherwise the assumption would be hsv1 genitally as the most likely cause. even the WB still misses 1 out of every hsv1 infections and other blood tests can miss hsv1 even more often. otherwise the only other way to confirm your type would be to wait until you have another recognizable recurrence genitally to be seen and have it swabbed again. A small amount of people won't test accurately on the blood tests we offer for hsv2 and lesion cultures and typing are the only way they get their diagnosis. A lesion culture means you have genital herpes. all providers should be ordering cultures typed automatically to help patients know their type early on and more accurately. the only way your lesion culture was wrong was clerical error.

I know that's not easy and definite answers but sometimes it's not real easy to confirm infection, especially with hsv1 genital infections since they reoccur less often and aren't picked up on as well on the blood tests we currently have.

betsy

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