[Question #4156] Herpes Test Results

32 months ago
-I had a sexual encounter last year. I got a penile rash that lasted 2 weeks and went away. 

-40 weeks later i got tested for herpes.

-The test i took was an IGG blood test for HSV 1 + 2

-both results came back negative.

My results came back just 24 HOURS after my blood test was done. I thought these type of test results took multiple days to be considered accurate.

Can my results be accurate for a negative result after just 24 hours after being sent in? Should i be retested? 

THANKS
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
32 months ago
Can you tell me more about the rash?
The IgG test misses about 30% of HSV 1 infections and about 8% of HSV 2 infections,compared to the gold standard western blot
Yes, the results can come back as quickly as 24 hours and will be as accurate as the test gets.

Terri
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32 months ago
I got a rash inside my foreskin about 30 hours after a sexual encounter. My primary care physician diagnosed it as balanitis. It was red but didn’t really itch much. It stayed for about a week and half. The bumps never cracked or leaked any fluids. No burning urination either. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
32 months ago
That sounds very much like a fungal infection to me, the most common cause of the balanitis. This does not sound like herpes. Men who still have a foreskin are more vulnerable to acquiring a fungal infection beneath the foreskin has that area is warm and moist and dark and an  ideal location for growing this organism

Terri.
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