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    Low IGG/positive POCkit- re-test necessary?
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    aes77 posted:
    Not sure if there are any docs/nurses on this community, but I was diagnosed HSV2+ 7-8 years ago with (I think) an ELISA/IGG test. I don't remember the results, but it was low enough that I went for a second test - I think it was a POCkit test, at another doctor. It was done in the doc's office where he read for the appearance of a bar to mean positive. His first response was "it's sort of positive" (the bar was faintly there) and then "in my experience that always means positive." I took these two results to mean that I was was indeed HSV2 postive.

    Perhaps I'm grasping at straws here, but I've read up recently on low IGGs/false positives and am wondering about my status. I've never had the typical outbreak. There have been one or two times in the last 8 years, where I had an itchy bump I assumed was HSV2, but that's the extent of my symptoms. Still, I know many people rarely/never have symptoms. Plus, I have had HSV1 orally since I was a child, so I know that might lessen HSV2 symptoms.

    Any experts out there that would suggest a re-test? (If so, what kind of test? I'm currently uninsured, so everything would be out of pocket.)
     
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    Stevcor responded:
    I would get a paired Western Blot test from the University of Washington. You might have a protein that causes false positives. Here is the information on how to order.



    http://depts.washington.edu/rspvirus/documents/hsv_western_blot.pdf


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