Originally Posted by lewis19
I put a call in for the details of my test results (type 2 or 1 and other numbers), so as of now I'm not sure of those.
Sorry for the length of this! Here are my questions:
1) Is there a chance of a false positive culture test?
2) Since I haven't yet taken any meds specifically for Herpes, can a first outbreak heal itself on its own without any treatment at all??
3) Why does it seem like the staph infection antibiotics are working and yet I have a positive test result? If I've had herpes for a while now (always possible, I know, even though I've always been safe), and I know you can't ever pinpoint from a test when you actually contracted it, but is there any way to clear this particular "outbreak" of being the one that gave me the herpes virus?
Lots of q's. Sorry! I'm grateful for any answers. Thanks!-L
1) It is possible to have a false NEGATIVE with a herpes culture because the swab has not detected enough 'fresh' virus in the swab. This usually happens when a swab is done on sores/lesions/bumps that are over 48 hours old. A POSITIVE herpes culture is 100% accurate. The swab will not detect herpes if it is not there. In order for the positive swab to be wrong, it would have to be gross human/lab error i.e. they switched your swab with someone elses. Labs have controls to prevent this.
2) The bumps/sores will heal on their own in your body's own time. Some people have things for days, some weeks, some never. Some people never take medications, it's a personal choice based upon how uncomfortable you are during an outbreak.
3) An outbreak can disrupt the normal immune cycle. You have bumps, you scratch, you itch, you spread bacteria onto sores/lesions etc. You keep checking yourself and try this and that to get them to go away. You could very easily also have a bacterial secondary infection and that's why the medicine was helping. Regarding pinpointing the when - the best thing is to get the swab done (call the doctor or lab and ask them to "TYPE IT - as 1 or 2"
) and an IgG blood test (like HerpeSelect) for both type 1 and 2. The type and the location is important as it can effect the number of outbreaks and shedding that occurs. If the swab is positve and the blood test is negative it GENERALLY means that this is a new infection. If the blood test also turns out positive the best you can do is say that you have had it approximately 3-4 months as that is how long (generally) it takes for your body to produce enough antibodies to be detected in the blood test.