Heres' a little bit more info for anyone interested in information on the IgG testing for HSV...
Abe648, you are absolutely correct, most people will test positive in 6 months and many will only take 3 based on everything I've read.
I just wanted to let those out there reading there is a correlation between time of exposure (time for the antibodies within the body to increase [seroconversion> to detectable level ) and the effectiveness of the IgG type specific test. One one end of the curve are those who test positive in a relatively short amount of time due to antibody production while on the opposite end (very very small percentage) the IgG test will take up to a year (or in extraordinarily rare cases never detect).
Again, Abe648 is absolutely correct- just want to try to help inform others out there about the limitations when using IgG for HSV antibody detection. This is not meant to confuse or frustrate anyone... just trying to spell out the research and equip those with information to make there own decisions.
The bottom line... for the vast majority of people, 3-6 months should be plenty of time for detection, when using the type specific IgG blood test for HSV detection.
I hope this helps. I'm sorry I don't have time to provide sources for the research on IgG testing in HSV and other viruses that I cite in this post. I am not a medical professional and encourage all to seek the advice of medical professionals in helping them make the best decisions in STD testing, detection and treatment in addition to self-education.
I can tell you the "Herpes Handbook" by Terri Warren is one of the best documents on the subject for those reading in my experience.View Thread
Good luck and try to make that big first step in talking to someone (preferably a professional therapist if you can swing it). On another note, I'm not sure to bring this up as it sounds like you're sure that you have HSV (and that probably is the case).
However, if the only way it was diagnosed was a PAP (with no symptoms) you may consider following up with the blood test (especially IgG type specific tests after you've allotted the appropriate amount of time for since exposure). There have been some issues with PAP diagnosis from what I've read.
Remember, I'm not an expert (just trying to pass some knowledge on) and I'm not trying to get your hopes up. However, consider reading this articles:
Great post by both you and Abe648. He clearly is well versed in the subject.
A couple of things about HSV 1 and 2...
I think you meant "cold sores" not "canker". This means that you already have one form of the virus. It could be either one (as Abe explained 1 prefers and 2 prefers other areas), but either one can possibly cause infect either area (genital area or oral area). However, as Abe explained HSV1 is typically oral and HSV2 is typically genital, but not always.
If you choose to get the blood test you will probably test positive for whichever one you were exposed to in your childhood (most likely HSV1) as the antibodies are probably still present in you at a detectable level . The blood test is not 100% effective and can take up to 1 year (according to Terri Warren's publishings) to show up in the IgG (antibody) test. For increased accuracy consider researching the Western Blot test (somewhat complicated in being able to complete).
At the end of the day... it's just a skin disease. I admire your open-mindfulness surrounding the subject. I just wanted to let you know about the tests (especially since you will most likely show up as positive for HSV1).
Don't take my word for it... read the Herpes Handbook by Terri Warren and read her posts.
There is no doubt this is a tough situation. You are not alone out there.
In my experience trust is one of the most important elements in a relationship. It seems that is in question for you because of what has transpired. Not to say that is irreversible.
If I understood your post correctly, your boyfriend was HSV2 and didn't tell you? Did he know he was? What do you think the truth is? You don't have to answer these questions publicly... but they all may effect the situation.
If possible try to seek a therapist about your situation. Not because you can't handle it... but because it is a delicate subject that can really weigh you down without the ability to talk about it. I know its a tough step... but talking with someone professionally can provide some perspective on what you are feeling. Although, it can't cure HSV2 , it can take the emotional and mental toll of it away.
At the end of the day it's a minor skin issue... that can cause mental anguish. The latter is treatable and you can feel good about yourself again if choose to go down this road.
If you choose not to seek a therapist..
Consider thinking about it this way... if you're not at peace now then what harm is it to try to something else. If deep down you are unhappy... the decision to move on and see what help is out there may easier than you think. There are STD dating websites.
I hope you find peace in your situation and wish you the best of luck. Please consider talking to someone professionally- this can help! Trust me on that one.View Thread
I would go to a dermatologist or STD specialist and insist on having them biopsied. I'm not trying to be hard on the medical community, but the visual diagnosis of warts in less than perfect.
For instance, I was extremely worried about a lesion on my penis and had it looked at 3 different medical facilites. Two of them were STD clinics who said it wasn't an STD. After finally getting to see a dermatologist he said it was a genital wart caused by HPV. I insisted that he have it biopsied because of the inconsistency. The results came back as.. "Benign, normal skin growth NOT consistant with a wart". This is the best they can do, but is still not 100% accurate (nothing is in medicine).
Good luck and remember, even if they are warts it's not the end of the world. At the end of the day... It's just a minor skin issue that rarely causes anything more than slight embarrassment .View Thread
It's definitely a tough situation. I am not in the medical field. However, I feel confident saying when it comes to HPV detection can be tricky. It isn't always the easiest to detect. I'm not saying that is the case, but just wanted to let you know that in my limited experience in dealing with this subject I can say that there is ambiguity in detection (from experience). I hope you find peace in your situation.View Thread