[Question #2383] FU to Question 2370 (Just want to make sure)

44 months ago
FU question for Ms Terri for clarification:

Hi Ms Terri, I've purchased another set of questions because I was kinda confused of the your last response. 

Okay, at first you said  "1. I don't believe that you do.  The IgG test misses about 8% of HSV 2 infections so it isn't perfect, as you may read, but that isn't the issue with you.  You've not had intercourse and we aren't worried about HSV 1 infection here so I think there is no need for further testing. - referring to if I need further testing done. 

2.  Yes, you can.   - referring to if I can move on and say I'm negative for both HSV 1 and 2.

Sexual activity of any kind would not make a difference because our partner is uninfected.  That is key.'

Terri"

And then you said today: 
"Just to be absolutely clear - I did not say there is no risk of you being positive for HSV 2 - I told you that the test misses about 8% of infections compared to the gold standard western blot.  That means  that the test picks up the majority of infections but not every one.  

Terri"

1. I'm a little confused, so are you saying now - that with with my index of 0.88, and not have had intercourse yet (only oral and genital rubbing with clothes off), last unprotected oral sex with a guy in 2012, and having unprotective oral sex with my HSV 2 negative boyfriend for 8 months now - that I can still be positive and there is a chance that the test only missed it? I thought you said mine was not confusing and it was clearly negative? 

2. Is there a chance, given my history and current situation, that I can be positive for HSV 2 with my index of 0.88? Should I get tested again?

Please clarify. Thank you so much. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
44 months ago
I see your confusion and it's really my fault - I didn't look back at the rest of the conversation thoroughly enough.  I don't believe that you in particular are at risk of HSV 2 since you've not had intercourse and your sexual contacts prior to this have been very limited indeed.  While it is possible that the test missed your boyfriend's infection, you still haven't had intercourse with him and that's where my confusion was with your post.  No, I don't think you need to be tested again.  I'm going to ask the forum moderator to refund your money for this post since I confused you.  Sorry about that.

Terri
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44 months ago
Ms. Terri, 

Thank you for your response.
My boyfriend's HSV IgG index is <0.10 and his last test was with me, roughly a week ago. He's had tests done before and it has always came back negative. All his other STD tests were negative as well.
Does that make a difference on my situation?
Or are we both somehow in the clear of being infected with HSV 2 if ever we decide to have a penetrative sexual intercourse?

Thank you so much. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
I believe that you are both uninfected and are OK to have penetrative intercourse if you wish.

Terri
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43 months ago
Thank you so much!

Btw, I just want to ask if this question will be refunded or not? Not a big deal but just checking. Thank you so much for answering all my questions!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
I have asked that it be refunded.  I am closing the question now.

Terri
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