These newer tests are fast, accurate, and can tell if a person has HSV-1 or HSV-2. There is less chance of a false negative result with NAATs. Already has antibodies to HSV-1, the primary cause of oral herpes. A person who only has HSV-1 may receive a false positive for HSV-2. Although I read that 90 of HSV2 cases are asymptomatic. I also keep reading online that anything below 3.5 has a chance of a false positive. Yeah but you know they don’t usually test for herpes right? In addition, these tests can be expensive; false positive test results may occur in some persons with a low likelihood of infection;
Basically, if you test positive for herpes type 1 and negative for 2 that does not mean you don’t have genital herpes. However, by 2 weeks there is a chance this too could be negative and so re-testing the mother for antibodies to see if she seroconverts would ultimately prove where the herpes came from. The diagnosis of genital herpes infection is a cause of dismay for many people. 1 People with HSV2 are also more likely to shed the virus asymptomatically than those with HSV1, increasing the likelihood of transmission.1,2. Also, false-negative results are more frequent during early stages of infection, as development of a positive IgG antibody response following initial HSV infection may take up to six months. Here is a bit of information on false positives of HSV-2 tests. If you’re concerned about the likelihood of false positive test (regardless of what the reason for it), I suggest asking your doctor what type of test was used and what the specificity of the test is.
And what are the chances of passing it on? How do I tell my next partner? thx. From what you’ve told me here, it sounds like your herpes test was probably accurate. Depending on the test, there is a small chance of false positive and negative results. In your case, a positive result tells you that you have the virus in your body, but it does not tell you whether the sores on your pubic area are HSV 2. In addition, the results of HSV type-specific IgG testing is sometimes used during pregnancy to identify risks of congenital HSV disease and allow for focused counseling prior to delivery. False-positive results may occur.
Understanding Blood Tests For Herpes
Most herpes tests won’t actually test for herpes, but only outbreaks. What are the odds of a false positive on a cluster swab test done at a free clinic?. Increasing the cutoff index value to 3.5 increased the test sensitivity to 100. Both of my blood tests for HSV-1 and HSV-2 were negative. For starters, many people test positive for HSV-1, since the test isn’t site-specific. The only sure way to tell is to wait for another outbreak (chances are, one won’t ever come) and have the lesion tested then. So if you test positive for HSV 1, it could be because you have had cold sores your whole life. In other words, if you do not have symptoms, you might not want to screen for Herpes as statistically, there is a good chance your test will turn out positive.