[Question #2465] Herpes 2 IGG test

43 months ago
Hello

I just took a herpes 2 igg test 10 weeks post exposure. My results showed less than the 0.91 cutoff which was negative. I am just curious on how accurate this would be. When I called for my results, they said this is conclusive. I know many of the great doctors and nurses on this site mention 12 weeks as final. Any thoughts you can share? Thank you so much. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
The test is quite sensitive-it picks up,according to our most recent study, 92% of HSV 2 infections compared to the gold standard western blot.  I personally think it is likely that your test will remain negative at 12 weeks.  Have you had an exposure that you are particularly concerned about?

Terri
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43 months ago
10 weeks ago protected vaginal with a csw. I shave my pubic area and had bad follocutis. That's what my dermatologist said. Also had a little dermatitis from condom he said on shaft. Was just nervous about that encounter and wanted a test to be safe. I feel completely fine and haven't felt ill or had any painful blisters. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
I  think since the encounter was condom protected and you've had no blisters or sores, you should believe the test results, yes.  And the fact that a dermatologist has looked at this and doesn't think this is herpes, adds to my confidence!

Terri
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43 months ago
Thank you. I feel more comfortable you said it's around 92% accurate. The only reason why I took it was I got a small red mark on my shaft. This is definitely where the condom covered. It was small and lasted three weeks or so. It would randomly have a thin piece of dry skin come off. Is it safe to say that a herpe sore wouldn't appear on the uppper shaft since it was completely covered by intact condom. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
I don't think the area where it appeared is as significant as the fact that it was a small red mark and not a sore and that it lasted three weeks, randomly sloughing off dry skin.  That just doesn't sound herpetic to me.

Terri
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