[Question #272] HSV 2

36 months ago
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36 months ago
just got tested and these were my results.  I know I have HSV1, I get cold sores a lot.  But I'm concerned about the HSV2...I've never had an issue in the genital area. Is it possible the HSV1 is causing results on HSV2?

HSV 1 IgG, Type Spec 56.10 HIGH 0.00-0.90 index 01

HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec 1.17 HIGH 0.00-0.90 index 01
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
36 months ago
Your HSV 2 result is just barely over the cutoff for calling this positive.  There is an 85% chance that this is a false positive.  We used to think that the HSV 1 result impacted this HSV 2 value but in our most recent study, that was not confirmed, so I would say no that's not a factor.  What you need is a herpes western blot to confirm or not confirm (hopefully) this result.  You can get that one of two ways:  Westover Heights Clinic, my clinic, can order this test for you to be drawn at a lab near you and shipped to UW or you can contact the UW lab directly and they will send you a kit, your doctor's office would draw the blood, spin it down and ship it back to UW.  Both get the job done.  The western blot is NOT a test that can be routinely ordered through Quest or LabCorp or any hospital lab.
If it was a betting woman, I would bet a considerable sum  this will be negative.

Terri
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36 months ago
How do I go via your clinic?  I'm not in Portland. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
36 months ago
We can do this over the phone.  You'll need to set up a phone consultation - the information is on our website.
Terri
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