[Question #7733] Hsv 2

23 days ago
I just recently purchased a Groupon for a 5 panel Lab test they sent me to quest diagnostics. I then received a call from a place called pwnhealth. They told me i had antibodies for hsv-2 my index was super high which scared me. It was 17.50 i got a follow up test a urgent care to see what there tests would say. I never had any symptoms, any outbreaks that i know of or anything. I seen only people who were in the low indexes have a hope of false positives. My index was too high for me to have any hope of that but i been with my gf for the last 3 years i guess I’ll have to explain this to her when i get my follow up 
23 days ago
I guess my question is could this have been dormant in my body the past few years I’m not sure really how to communicate this to my partner. Also I’m still waiting on my 2nd test to come back 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
23 days ago
I would agree with that an index value of 17.5, there is next to no possibility that this is a false positive.  Even though you have had no symptoms that you recognized, you could still transmit this virus to a partner.  The virus could have been in your body for many many years with you experiencing symptoms.  80% of those who test positive for HSV 2 by an accurate test say that they have never had herpes symptoms.  But once they get identified as being infected, many can begin to recognize symptoms.  Outbreaks can appear anywhere in the boxer shorts area, including around the anus. 

It would probably be a good idea for your partner to be tested.  If she is negative, that suggests that you aren't often giving off virus if you are having regular sex with her.  And if you want to reduce the risk even further, you could take a daily antiviral medication.

I would refer you to read my handbook at westoverheights.com.  It's free and will provide you with the basics about this infection.

Terri
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23 days ago
Okay i understand i will check out the book. But another question why is the index value so high ? That just seems outrageous compared to the normal values ?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
18 days ago
this is absolutely a normal index value.  Different tests give different value ranges.  I wouldn't be at all alarmed about this.  It is normal.

Terri
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