[Question #6160] Online hsv testing
16 months ago
I’m writing because I’m confused about my diagnosis…I decided to go online to schedule a herpes test because I was starting a new relationship…the online company directed me to a local lab after I paid the fee.
On 9/19/2016…my results were 5.00 based on the HSV 2 IGG, TYPE SPECIFIC AB TEST.
I freaked out so I called off the relationship…I didn’t want to date nor have sex. Here comes the confusing part….I have no symptoms it’s been 3.5 years. I decided to use the same company for a retest, to my surprise the number came back 23 on 01/02/2018. Mind you I haven’t dated nor had sex, the only thing that changed during that period was I received a VARICELLA ZOSTER BOSTER AND A SHIINGLES SHOT.
I decided to test again on 1/29/2019…same company same test, the number came back 21.50. Mind you I have not had sex during this period just received the Chicken pox and Shingles vaccine.
I have not had any symptoms…I went to an Infectious disease Dr, he told me don’t worry about it, I asked him, can I start a suppressive therapy with the herpes drugs…he told me no.
Why does the number keep changing , I have not slept with anyone during that period
Can the Chicken pox or Shingles vaccine influence the test results
Or should I ignore the online company as my Dr told me to do…I seen him twice, same response…go home , don’t worry about it.
I’m confused… I’m I a carrier and can I pass it on to anyone since I’m not taking a suppressive drug.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
16 months ago