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petra1975
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Apr-30-06, 05:02 PM (CST)
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"Understanding the HerpesSelect AB Test Results"
 
   I read a post a bit ago where someone had results explained to them.... I was hoping for the same. The whole "equivocal" thing has gotten me a bit confussed... The results look like this:


HSV 1 IGG Type >5.00 INDEX
SPECIFIC AB

Above Hight Normal
*REFERENCE RANGE FOR HSV 1 IGG SPECIFIC AB*
<0.90 NEGATIVE
O.90-1.10 EQUIVOCAL
>1.10 POSITIVE

HSV 2 IGG TYPE > 5.00 INDEX
SPECIFIC AB

Above High Normal
*REFERENCE RANGE FOR HSV 2 IGG TYPE SPECIFIC AB*
<0.90 NEGATIVE
0.90-1.10 EQUIVOCAL
> 1.10 POSITIVE


"This assay is type specific and will differentiate between HSV-1 and HSV-2 infections. A single positive result only indicates previous immunologic exposure and the level of the anitbody response may not be used to deternime active infection or disease stage. The test should be repeated in 4-6 weeks when negative or equivocal results are obtained in suspected early Herpes Simplex disease. The performanc of the assay has not been established for pediatric population, for neonatal screening, or for the testing of immunocompromised patients."

These results were obtained from my husband on 4-16-06. (I also came back positive for 2, but not 1, I just don't have my paper results as of yet) His possible exposure could go back to 3 years ago, but I did not start having symptoms until mid January 2006, and
his symptoms started in mid March. He has stepped out of the marriage numerous times, so really pin-pointing exact exposure times is difficult. I know that "knowledge is power" and I would just like to have a better handle on what all this means.

Thank you for your time, and any responses. petra


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windyadmin
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May-01-06, 06:53 AM (CST)
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1. "RE: Understanding the HerpesSelect AB Test Results"
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Equivocal just means that the result wasn't high enough to reliably say that it's positive, nor was it low enough to reliably say that it's negative. But that isn't relevant in this case, because both types came back greater than 5, which is positive.


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petra1975
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May-01-06, 09:29 AM (CST)
 
2. "RE: Understanding the HerpesSelect AB Test Results"
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   Thank you Windy, I appreciate your reply. You summed up in two sentences what a Dr. was incapable to do in a 1/2 hour.
Have a good one.


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