[Question #4820] IgG Test

27 months ago
Hey Terri,
I know I have another thread open that we are keeping open for my test results. I had another couple of questions and was hoping you could help. I've done some research on this site and seems like some tests from some labs are more accurate than others. Is that true? Meaning is the test from labcorp better than quest? etc...
I went to a urgent care center here and when I called for the results, the lab told me that they were sending the IGG to another laboratory for some reason, i didn;t bother to ask and didn't think much of it till i started researching here. I know the test is an IGG and i refused the IGM. 
Also, when it comes to a primary outbreak does it present in the spot which came into contact with the infected site or can it "travel"?
Being that the test was sent to another lab should i be concerned? 
Are some labs better than others? 
Would you be willing to send me the western blot?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
27 months ago
We are currently investigating that question by asking people obtaining a western blot which lab they used for testing and what their index value was.  We have lots more data to collect before we will have anything to report on this.  Add to this, some labs change brands of tests used so I'm not clear that we will ever have an accurate answer to that question.
Urgent care clinics normally don't have labs that do tests like the IgG  - it is almost always sent out. 
Primary outbreaks almost always appear in the area exposed.  Recurrences can show up anywhere in the boxer shorts area for genital infection.  The thing is that many people miss the true primary infection and end up thinking that a recurrence is their first outbreak when it isn't.
I don't send the western blot but I can arrange for you to get it done at the University of Washington, yes.  You can set up a video conference with me at westoverheights.com for that to get going.

Terri
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27 months ago
Hey Terri,
Thanks for the answer and thanks for helping. My test was definitely sent out to a lab I just wasnt sure i could be confident in that lab's test.
Anyway, you said you were confident that my test would remain negative and I hope you are right. My exposure was from very light apposition as you can find in my other question discussed with dr handsfield, is it necessary to repeat a test at say 8 weeks or 12 weeks or should I let it go? Also, is it worth me getting the WB with you reviewing my exposure? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
27 months ago
I'm not clear that any testing was necessary at all, given your extremely low risk encounter.
If your testing is negative, I don't feel that a western blot is necessary unless you simply cannot stop worrying about this.

Terri

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