[Question #2350] HSV2 test

45 months ago
Hello I am a 28 year old male who is sexually active.  I had a blood test done for HSV2 about 4-5 months ago.  The doctors office called me after a week and informed I was negative for herpes.  Then 3 weeks later they called back saying the last part of the test came back positive for exposure to herpes but there was no active infection.  They claimed it was a four part test.  I plan on getting retested but I wanted to ask if there is a specific test I should ask for?  This is a small town clinic I was at and I strongly question there testing methods if they tell me I'm fine then tell me I'm infected 3 weeks later.  I am totally asymptomatic and have never shown any signs of an outbreak.  Any advice or insight into testing methods would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
45 months ago
This is certainly confusing and I have no idea what they are talking about - exposure but no active infection?  That sounds like you might be antibody positive without lesions, but that also indicates infection.  So how about this:  get a physical copy of the test results and post them here and I will review them.  Alternatively, you can go get an HSV 1 and 2 IgG antibody test.  If you've ever had cold sores, you can skip the HSV 1 test.


Terri
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45 months ago
Ok thank you.  I am a merchant mariner out at sea right now but I am changing primary care physicians when I get home.  I will ask for a HSV1 and HSV2 antibody test when I'm home.  For a doctors office to say I'm fine then call back with shaky information is ridiculous.  
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
45 months ago
Well, mistakes do happen but I agree that there should be a far more thorough explanation made of what is going on here

Terri
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