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 Post subject: Is he infected or not??
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:13 pm 

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My partner had a lesion next to his anus last May and went to a doctor. They took a scrape and sent it to the lab. The results were that he has herpes. A little over a month later he did a blood test and it determined that he was negative on both HSV 1 and HSV 2. The doctor just told him that the test was inconclusive and it was too soon to tell.
He just had another blood test (now 10 months after the lesion episode), and again its negative on both HSV 1 and HSV 2.

What does this mean? Does he have it or not? Should he get tested again? Perhaps at a different lab?

Thanks for any advice,
- Alex


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:41 pm 

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Location: Illinois
In general, a positive result from a culture is considered very reliable. I'd be inclined to believe it. As far as the blood test, well, there are different blood tests. If this was an IgG test for both types, then I'm a little surprised at a negative result after 10 months. I'd inquire as to what test was used.

Something you might consider is his getting a Western Blot test for herpes. It looks for enzymes relevant to more antibodies than the ELISA type tests that are commonly used. The WB is available through any doctor or clinic and is done at the University of Washington. To do this, have your health care provider call #206-598-6066 to request the HSV Type-Specific Serology information packet. http://depts.washington.edu/herpes/

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:52 am 

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Have you been tested for herpes too to know your status?

betsy


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