[Question #272] HSV 2

82 months ago
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82 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
82 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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82 months ago
How do I go via your clinic?  I'm not in Portland. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
82 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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