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Confused on test results?


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Hi there @Tj081999,

I totally get how those test results might have thrown you for a loop! This is a confusing and frustrating space for many with no clear answers.

So, in your first test back on 6-22-23, your HSV-2 IGG result was 1.21. Now, that falls in the range of 0.90-1.09, which is kind of like a gray area — not super positive, not definitively negative. That's probably why they marked it as equivocal.

Now, fast forward to the second test on 8-17-23, and your HSV-2 IGG result was <0.2, which is squarely in the negative zone. This suggests that at that point, they couldn't detect any HSV-2 antibodies in your system.

At first glance, it might seem like a head-scratcher. But test results can be influenced by all sorts of things ... the sensitivity of the test, the antibodies hanging out in your system, and even how the lab does its magic.

And the IgG test specifically is known for its false negatives/positives, so it's not one I recommend for definitive results (even though it's the most popular one out there, go figure). 

So you might want to consider going for a Western Blot test. It's the gold standard for herpes blood tests. Sometimes, testing can be a bit tricky to pin down, and the Western Blot is pretty darn good at sorting through the confusion.

This content is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis. I'm not a medical professional, so please take this as friendly peer support. 

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