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HSV 2- Newly Diagnosed, No answers!!
GAconfused posted:
I went to my OBGYN on 11/2/2012 to be tested for STD's because I was concerned about my general health after having unprotected sex. I received a phone call on 11/6/12 from my doctor's office indicating that the bloodwork done came back positive for HSV 2. And that was it. No information, no counseling, no follow up appointment, no anything!

I'm super confused right now, and internet researching as much as I can, which is leaving me even more confused. I've had no symptoms other than having a couple of yeast infections over the course of the last few months.

Do I go see another doc to get a second opinion? Do I go to a specialist who can give me the information that I need and answer my questions? If so, what type of specialist???? I live in the Atlanta area, so I feel like I have access to tons of resources; I just need to be pointed in the right direction.
georgiagail responded:
What type of follow up appointment do you believe you need? If you haven't had an outbreak, there is no need to consider a treatment. If you do not believe the test results, then a second opinion would be your best option.

abe648 responded:
First of all we need you to call your Doc's nurse and ask for a copy of your test resulsts to confirm what testing was done. Ask for an actual copy so that once you tell us what it says if we have any further questions we can ask you to clarify anything we may need clariifiction on and what the numeric reesults were. The numeric test resulsts should be something like this.HSV 1 is 0.45 and HsV is 2.75 or what ever it says. Post that on here so we can help you confirm what your statuus is.

Once we confirm that you do infact have HSV 2 then we can help you deal with it further. Till you get these resuklts there is no way of knowing what your status is especially if the Doc use an incorrect test which does happend still.

To learn more read the items in my signature line below.
Read more in the Herpes Handbook. Watch the Herpes Video and Terri Warren's book The Good News about the Bad News. All located under the heading Herpes at
GAconfused replied to abe648's response:
I have a call into my doc's office, and will post that information as soon as I have it.
GAconfused replied to abe648's response:
The test results indicate the following:

HSV 1 IGG Type Specific AB <0.90 index
HSV 2 IGG Type Specific AB 2.64 index
abe648 replied to GAconfused's response:
I am not a medical proffessional and can only advise you from what I have learned on this site. From what you posted you are negative for HsV 1 and you have a low positive for HSV 2.

I would recommend that you get the same test done in approx 2 months to see what the numbers are at that time. If you do not want to go back to the same Doc then perhaps you can go to your local STD cllinic or Planned Parenthood office to get another test. When that ttime comes post your new test results in this post so we can help you further

In the mean time if you want support and live in a major center which I think you said you do. Then google "Herpes Support Groups" in Yahoo to see if there is a herpes support group in your area. If there is go to the meeting the next time they have one and people can help you get through this time in your life. You will be OK and life will go on. You can live love laugh and be intimate again even with HSV 2. There is someone who will love you for who you are and not what you have. If you have any more questions then ask away. Nothing is to personal to ask. If you do not ask you will not know.
God Bless you.
Read more in the Herpes Handbook. Watch the Herpes Video and Terri Warren's book The Good News about the Bad News. All located under the heading Herpes at
betsyo1967 replied to GAconfused's response:
your hsv2 igg is a low positive . you will need further confirmatory testing to see if it's a true positive or not. we recommend a herpes WB blood test for this purpose. you have to contact the U of washington lab, get the kit sent to you and then have your provider order the testing drawn and sent out from a local lab.

one of the most active herpes support groups is in the atlanta area. someone there should be able to help you too
Talking about std testing is NORMAL and something we all should be doing EVERY TIME before we have sex with a new partner :)
GAconfused replied to betsyo1967's response:
When I made a follow up phone call to my doctor's office, they indicated that the 2.64 result was indicative of recent exposure. I've only had one partner since April 2012, and our last "visit" was August 18. My testing was performed on November 2. Would the timing support the doctor's statement that the exposure is recent, and that accounts for the low positive? If I go back again in a month, or two months, would I expect to see the HSV2 IGG number increase? I'm a little unclear about the importance/relevance of the HSV2 IGG values, outside of the lab interpretation that my number is in the positive range.

Prior to my most recent partner, I was in a monogamous relationship for 5 years. Had I acquired HSV2 during that time, would the IGG number still be as low as it is now?

I have communicated with my friend, and made him aware of my diagnosis, and he is going to be tested. He feels very strongly that I didn't catch "it" from him, because he has "never had anything." But from everything I'm reading, not everyone gets an outbreak, so it is possible to not know. I'm pointing the blame finger at myself, because I'm a grown woman and shouldn't have taken stupid chances, but I'm almost hyper focused at this point on knowing where it came from, because I obviously want that person to be aware.
betsyo1967 replied to GAconfused's response:
there is no significance to the result as far as how long you've been infected. since august was the last time you had sex with anyone, you can get the WB next month. Getting another igg blood test might not be helpful. some folks tend to test with low positives frequently so it's well worth the WB at this point.
Talking about std testing is NORMAL and something we all should be doing EVERY TIME before we have sex with a new partner :)

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