[Question #3191] Positive Herpes Select but Negative Biokit Tests

37 months ago
Hello:

My girlfriend and I have been dating about a year and decided to both get STD Testing so we could stop using condoms.  I tested negative for everything except HSV2 with the Herpes Select test saying I was positive with a 3.31 value (the HSV1 was negative).  Since I’ve never had an outbreak I did a lot of reading on the internet and found that false positives can be an issue so I went to an STD clinic and asked for a Western Blot test but was told they use a “Biokit” test which is just as accurate.  The result was negative!

I called my Imternist and told him the good news and that I still want a Western Blot test.  He told me it wasn’t necessary since the Biokit test is indeed much more accurate.  Still needing another negative test to sleep at night, I went to another STD clinic and had another Herpes Select test done just to see if it would be negative.... the result was positive again but this time the result was 3.57.

Since my Internist has told me that he is going to refer me to a Psychiatrist if I continue testing after the negative  Biokit test, my question is:

If you were me would you stop using condoms with your girlfriend confident about the single Biokit negative result or would you be concerned about my new number being over the 3.5 value which is known to have a lot of false positives?

I would not be able to live with myself if I transmit HSV2 to my girlfriend so I want to be ABSOLUTELY sure I don’t have it.

Thank you very much for your assistsnce and Happy New Year!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
37 months ago
Actually, one study did find that Biokit was good for a confirmatory test but western blot was better.  If I found myself in your situation, I would most definitely do the western blot to be as sure as possible.   Pretty straightforward for me.

Terri
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37 months ago
I’ve previously called the UW lab and asked for the kit to be sent to me but I’m having a hard time finding a doctor to order it and apparently Washington State Law requires an MD to ask for the test.

Are there any STD clinics in the Seattle or Portland area that you know will do the Western Blot Test?  I don’t mind paying cash and would actually prefer to do it in an anonymous manner.

Thanks
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
37 months ago
Washington State law does not require a physician - it requires a clinician so an NP is fine.  I can do this for you - I do it all the time.  Visit my other website at westoverheights.com and set up a video conference with me and we do it as part of a research study - the cost is $314 which include the blot and the consult.  We'll get you all fixed up.  You might also be able to go to the Harborview STD clinic for this - you should check with them if you live near Seattle.

Terri
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