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    Confusion Sucks!
    nelove posted:
    I'm fully confused and it's driving me crazy! My house has a lot of spiders. What does that have to do with Herpes? Well I had a green puss filled blister on my hand that was confirmed to be a staph infection caused by a spider bite. The next day I noticed a similar blister in another area. I didn't want to just assume it was another bite so I got it tested at a local STD clinic. I was told there that the site test is not as accurate as a blood test. Later I had a blood test at my regular clinic. It came out positive for Herpes, but the doctor said the blood test isn't as accurate as the site test. So now I have conflicting information from two different doctors. So who do I believe? What are my next steps? On top of all that I still don't know what type of Herpes the blood test said I'm positive for, 1, 2 or zoster, the type I just looked up which causes shingles because the doctor didn't say, nor did she prescribe anything. I NEED an expert opinion, because health care in Indianapolis sucks!
    abe648 responded:
    Call the first Doc and ask them what the resuls were from what I believe was a swab. if they tell you it is herpes and they cannot tell you which kind then ask them to call the lab and get the lab to type it.

    Call the second Doc you went to see and ask what the results were and also what the mumeric values were ie HSV 1 is 1.50 and HSV 2 is 2.90 or what ever they tell you. Ask them if it is an igg blood test. It has to be an igg blood test to get the correct values. If they confirm it is an igg blood test but do not have values then get them to call the lab and get the values.

    Once you get all this post it on here so someone can help you. Read what is outlined in my signature line.
    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

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