[Question #6389] Herpes type 2, monogamous married woman

14 months ago
Hi,

I asked my doctor to test me for all STD/STIs during my annual physical exam. I got a herpes IgG test administered and it came back positive (2.11). This is causing a lot of trouble in my marriage. My husband and I went back for a second test which came back positive for me (2.14) and negative for him (0.40 I believe). I have been with my husband for almost 10years and haven’t had any sexual encounter with anyone other than him. How can I test positive? I took the test in September. Should I re-take it? The results are dumbfounding
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
14 months ago
If your index value ( in your case 2.11) is between 1.1 and 3.5, there is a good chance that this is a false positive and you need a confirmatory test.  This is the CDC guidance on this topic.  The best is the western blot done at the University of Washington only.  You can call them and get a kit sent to your house for this test and then you and your provider can get your blood drawn and sent to them.  If your doctor cannot help, I can work with you to get this at westoverheights.com with a video conference between us.  Some people have a protein in the blood that is unrelated to herpes that causes a false positive Igg and CAN sometimes show up as an indeterminate even on the blot.  But in your case, since you've had no other partners for at least a year, if indeterminate, you should consider yourself negative

I'm curious about why you would ask for STD testing i you believe that neither of you had had another partner?

Terri
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14 months ago
Thanks for your response Terri. My husband had an affair 3 years ago, which resulted in a first STD (Trichonomas). Since then I ask to be routinely checked for STDs so when I tested positive for Herpes my first reaction was to immediately accuse him of cheating again. We both took the test and behold he came back negative!! The chairs have turned so to speak and I find myself anxiously trying to understand how that is even possible. I’d love to set up a video conference with you on westoverheights.com. 

14 months ago
Some people have a protein in the blood that is unrelated to herpes that causes a false positive Igg and CAN sometimes show up as an indeterminate even on the blot>> what protein is that Terri? 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
14 months ago
We don't know what the protein is, we only know that it can trip the IgG test and cause the western blot to look indeterminate in SOME people.  You really really need the western blot to clarify this situation and I hope that you can tell your husband that a false positive is about a 50-50 chance here, perhaps even higher.

Terri
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14 months ago
Thank you Terri!! I got the kit from the University of Washington delivered today!! Thank you so very much!! 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
14 months ago
You're welcome

Terri
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