[Question #3020] Herpes Testing

39 months ago
Hello. I was on this forum a few months ago. It was recommended by Terri Warren, RN for me to take the Western Blot test to help me get over my fear of the herpes simplex virus. 

I took the test in June 2017. The Western Blot test results were Negative for both HSV  1 and HSV 2. This was done 7 months after my last sexual encounter. Prior to the test, I took a Type specific IGG test for HSV 2 at 11 weeks  and 22 weeks post sexual encounter. Both of those tests were Negative for HSV 2.  In between then I had a swab of a pimple in the genital area that also showed negative No Herpes virus isolated. 

I continue to this day to have many weird sensations in the genital area. Currently, sensitivity, a diagnosed sebaceous cyst from my Dr. , and a itchy sensation after wiping. These symptoms all come ago. I have been diagnosed with Pudendal Neuralgia. But, as these Sensations occur my phobia and fear of the herpes virus comes full speed. My questions are:

1) With my testing and the time from my sexual encounter (7mons post for western blot) is this enough time for antibodies to develop and for an accurate test result for WB? With the negative result (s) can I be relatively certain I do NOT have the herpes virus (1 and 2)? 
2) Should I be concerned with the random sensations, itching, twitching, pimple and cysts that these are symptoms of a missed herpes infection and inaccurate test results? 
3) Should I re-test again at this point now that I am a year post sexual encounter or is 7 months enough? I have not had any sexual encounters since the Western Blot. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
38 months ago
1.  Good for you for doing the blot.  You have had more than adequate time to become positive on the blot if you were going to
2.  No, these sensations are not due to herpes.
3.  Do  not retest - that will only keep the worrying going,.  You need to work on letting this go now.

Terri
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38 months ago
Thanks Terri. 

I am trying to let go. Just a follow up to further ease my mind. 

1) Just to clarify, I can rely on the negative WB at 7 months to be assured I do not have either strain of the herpes virus considering both were negative? Is there any other reason to not trust this result?  
2) Herpes is transmitted through direct contact and sexual contact. Therefore, I can’t contract the disease through the instruments or the tables at Dr. offices?  Is this correct regarding how herpes is transmitted? 
3) Do you have any advice on how to let this go and trust my results? This is tearing up my life and my health. 

Thanks
April 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
38 months ago
The timing is very good - excellent - no reason not to trust this test, it is the best that we have
You cannot contract herpes through instruments or tables at the Dr.'s office, no
I would strongly advise you to contact a cognitive behavior therapist and get treatment very soon.  These are not reasonable,every day worries - this has gone way beyond that, as I think you know, right?

Terri
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38 months ago
I know. It has gone too far. Talking with you and getting confirmation from you, an expert, that I haven’t contracted the herpes virus does help. I will seek treatment. I am trying very hard to believe and trust the tests that I have not contracted the herpes virus. It’s just hard especially when you have made yourself believe. The mind is very strong. Any extra advice or confirmation I don’t have the herpes virus  before this thread closes would be greatly appreciated. 

April 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
38 months ago
Just be reassured that you have taken the absolute best test and if there was any question in their minds, they would have called it indeterminate, which they did not.

Terri
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