I have heard so many things about getting tested for Herpes...I was wondering if they can detect Genital Herpes from a blood test. If so then I really need to get it done. It's all so confusing...Also I was wondering if someone could explain the symptoms they have had and such. Maybe I am just overreacting but I am definatally scared. Thanks for your help
I'm not quite sure why you are saying blood tests are inaccurate. The newer ones do distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2, and are in fact "type-specific." You can at least find out if you have antibodies to type 2 (even in the absence of an outbreak). If you do have antibodies to HSV 2, you know you've got genital herpes. True, if it shows that you don't have any HSV 2 antibodies and you do have HSV 1, then you're going to try to need to get a swab done during an outbreak, as about 80% of the population has antibodies to HSV 1. However, the advice of getting a swab test done instead, well I don't think that's really that much better. You've got a very good chance of getting false negatives with swab tests (they are in fact notorious for this), as you have to get it swabbed at the exact time during an outbreak when there is active virus on your skin, which isn't all that long in duration.
You've posted on this board as happyfillmore and botonk. Each scenario you exaggerate a little further. You were fully convinced you had HIV for a long time, but tested negative...and last I read you posted that you had HPV as well and you've changed your story about getting a positive HIV test at one time but a negative at another time and you also worried about Hep C and god knows what else.
You dont have any of these things...you have severe anxiety and the longer you worry about these diseases you've never been diagnosed with, the more it will stress you out. Seek out help by means of a psychiatrist, NOT an infectious disease specialist.
If what internet is saying is true, you truly need some psychiatric help, and I hope you seek it out. Otherwise, all I can say is perhaps they just ordered an IgM test for you, which detects recent infections only. After a bit the body begins making IgG, and that can be detected long-term. So you may not have had an IgG test. Otherwise if you don't have antibodies to HSV 2 or even 1, both IgM and IgG, I find it extremely hard to believe that you actually have herpes. I've read about seroreversion in a few people, but usually that was only found in people who had borderline results to begin with, where it wasn't a definite positive in the first place.