[Question #2720] which screening test to take.

44 months ago
I started having sex with someone almost two years ago. I have had HSV2 for 30 years. The other partner he was sleeping with told him in April of 2016 that she was positive for the herpes virus when she had bloodwork done for her cancer treatment. We assumed he had gotten it from me but never had an outbreak. He went to his internist to get tested and the man told him it was unnecessary. He said "If you have it, there's nothing you can do about it". He is still seeing me and wants to know if he has it or not so he can stop precautions if he does. Is the best test for him the Western Blot? and where can he get tested other than going back to his ignorant internist?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
43 months ago
The best test is the western blot, yes. You could start with the IgG test and if his value is greater than 3.5, it is likely he is truly infected.  But the western blot is the most accurate test if he has a low positive value or if there is a concern that the IgG test missed his infection.  He can order IgG tests online through many different sources that use the large labs like labcorp and Quest.

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