In January of 2012, I tested positive for genital herpes by visual exam of doctor and classic flu-like symptoms and painful blisters. A swab was not done, but a blood test was, and it came back negative. The doctor said it was because the virus hadn't been in my body long enough to show positive. I decided to go on generic Valtrex and have been taking it for a year, and haven't had another attack. In January of 2013, exactly a year later, I decided to take another blood test, and it still came back negative. My gynocologist said this means I do not have herpes, but my PCP who originally diagnosed it said the Valtrex suppressed the virus enough to show negative. However, I had wondered that myself, so I had already asked my gyno that question, and he said no, that wouldn't happen. Now I'm really confused. My PCP said the only way to know for sure is to go off the Valtrex and see if I have another attack, but I don't want to do that because if I really do have herpes, I don't want to pass it to my boyfriend. He knows I have it (or at least I thought I did), and he accepted it and said if he gets it, he just gets it, that's all. Still, if it's the Valtrex that's protecting him, I hate to test it. But even the generic is expensive, so it's tempting to go off it and see what happens. Does anyone know which doctor is right?View Thread
Thank you, Abe, and to all who gave me advice. It's so nice to know there are people who care enough to do that. I have a doctor appt. April 15th, and I'm going to ask if a Western Blot can be done at that time. I better find out if my insurance covers it first. In fact, maybe I'll try to schedule an appt. sooner for just that alone. In any case, I'll post the results here. I wonder if I'm eligible to go to the health dept. or whatever department does these tests, just in case my doctor or insurance won't authorize it. I'm on an HMO, so the PCP has a lot of say in what can be done. But I'm going to do my best to get the WB. Thanks again to everyone.View Thread
Abe, the blood tests one year apart were the IgG specific. It's the urine test that was different, and I don't even know why that was tested. This is what the two blood tests of 1/24/12 showed (HSV-1 and 2). The 1/24/13 test was for HSV-2 only, and was identical to the 1/24/12 test. I can't make the "less than" and "greater than" symbols in this format.
HSV 1 IgG, Type Spec - Result: less than 0.91 Negative: If less than 0.91 Equivical: If 0.91 - 1.09 (could be early infection) Positive: If greater than 1.09
My result of less than 0.91 means I tested negative.
The HSV 2 reading was also less than 0.91, both years.View Thread
Thank you, Kmilla, Audiegirl and Abe. I am going to take your advice and get the Western Blot done. My boyfriend will be leaving the first of April to go back to his home state, and I will be going up there in June or July for a few months. So I will have 2 or 3 months to be off the anti-viral and see what happens, and also to get the Western Blot done. I have thought about only using Valtrex on an as-needed basis (if it's ever needed) instead of continually because I've heard that I can build up a resistance to it, and when that happens I can have a full-blown awful attack, assuming I do have herpes. Or maybe nothing at all will happen, hopefully. I will look into the varicella also. The tests I had done exactly one year apart were for Type 1 and 2, both negative, and testing was IgG specific Ab. A urine culture was also done on the first test, which was Routine; HSV, IgM I/II. I don't understand the actual readings, but I can post them if anybody else does.View Thread
Thank you, Abe. That's not what I wanted to hear, but the truth is the truth and I'm glad to get an honest answer. I will check out the website you mentioned, and thanks for the info about the Western Blot.View Thread