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Received a 1.0 result on HSV2 IgG test, no lesions, also diagnosed with ureaplasma, BV and yeast infection. Is getting retested for HSV2 a good idea?

Received a 1.0 result on HSV2 IgG test, no lesions, also diagnosed with ureaplasma, BV and yeast infection.  Is getting retested for HSV2 a good idea?

Probably not herpes: With the most common HSV2 IgG blood test (HerpeSelect®), a result of 1.0 is borderline, and most borderline results really are negative. Only results of 3.5 and higher are definitely positive. It has nothing to do with BV, yeast, or ureaplasma. No need for another test if no herpes symptoms. By the way, ureaplasma is normal in the genital tract; a positive result doesn't mean anything. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Can you be diagnosed with lupus with positive ana, a lot of symptoms for lupus, but negative dsdna?

Can you be diagnosed with lupus with positive ana, a lot of symptoms for lupus, but negative dsdna?

Yes: Though the dsdna is helpful in assessing severity of lupus in some patients, it is not a requirement to have dsdna to be diagnosed with lupus. In fact, laboratory tests help confirm a suspected diagnosis of lupus but lab tests never make or disprove the diagnosis by themselves. ...Read more

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I'm symptomatic, ANA & anti-dsdna neg. W/ a strong family history of sle. Is it worth doing further testing like anti-sm (neg. For infection and iem)?

I'm symptomatic, ANA & anti-dsdna neg. W/ a strong family history of sle. Is it worth doing further testing like anti-sm (neg. For infection and iem)?

What symptoms: No tests needed, clear history, objective evaluation! do not make yourself sick because of family history. The familial connective tissue diseases usualy have positive antibodies. ...Read more

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I just tested positive for genital herpes , will this cause me any further complications such HIV or cervical cancers or any others deseases isitcurab?

Yes and no: Testing positive for hsv (herpes simplex virus) means that you have acquired an infection which is classified as a sexually transmitted disease (std). This is not related to HIV or cervical cancer; however, these others are caused by other sexually transmitted viruses (hiv and hpv). There is no "cure" for herpes. There are medicines which can help reduce the symptoms and the time of a flare up. ...Read more

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First herpes OB. Has 2 swab tests, both positive for hsv1 negative for hsv2. I heard swab tests can be inaccurate. Is it possible I have hsv2 as well?

First herpes OB. Has 2 swab tests, both positive for hsv1 negative for hsv2. I heard swab tests can be inaccurate. Is it possible I have hsv2 as well?

Unlikely: I wonder what exactly was the type of test used? If it was a PCR test, then I would trust those results. Besides, you had it done twice which has shown the same result in each case. It would be rare anyway to have transmission of HSV-1 and HSV-2 all from one incident. In fact, having one of the herpes viruses may partially protect against getting the other one. So I think you only acquired HSV-1. ...Read more

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Tested positive for ANA and now further tests show i'm also positive for ENA antibodies - sm b and rnc. Is it more likely to be mctd or sle? Thanks

Tested positive for ANA and now further tests show i'm also positive for  ENA antibodies - sm b and rnc. Is it more likely to be mctd or sle?  Thanks

Depends: We know false antibody results exists. It is up to your rheumatologist to interpret the test results in the context of your history, exam, and other lab findings. ...Read more

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All symptoms for lupus including positive ANA ana was negative. No diagnose yet. Mom, aunt, cousin all have lupus. How long does it take for dx?

All symptoms for lupus including positive ANA ana was negative. No diagnose yet. Mom, aunt, cousin all have lupus. How long does it take for dx?

Not clear : The first sentence of your questions is not clear. There are certain criteria that are followed in order to make the diagnosis of lupus. A blood test alone is not enough. Talk to your doctor and see what his or her working diagnosis is for you so far. ...Read more

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Can you do a skin biopsy for lupus with no rash and it be positive for lupus?

Can you do a skin biopsy for lupus with no rash and it be positive for lupus?

Possible: Would require getting a location that has the characteristics of lupus on examination. Not sure of the odds, but it would be possible. ...Read more

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Ana positive 1:640 speckled then 1:80. Rna negative. I'm always in pain. Get weird rashes. Have sob. Family history for lupus could it be lupus?

Ana positive 1:640 speckled then 1:80. Rna negative. I'm always in pain. Get weird rashes. Have sob. Family history for lupus could it be lupus?

Have you seen a : Have a you seen a rheumatologist to evaluate these symptoms? These could be manifestations of an autoimmune disease like lupus, but it is up to the rheumatologist to make that determination. ...Read more

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All lupus blood tests negative but have all the symptoms. Pcp agrees. Seeing lupus doctor in 1 month. Is it possible to have lupus with negative labs?

Rarely: There is a rare individual who may have ANA negative lupus. However, if the ANA is negative, the ssa is often positive. I have personally not seen a true ANA negative lupus patient in years. ...Read more

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Can a MCTD diagnosis always change? I tested positive for ANA and Rnp

Maybe: It will depend on how high the titers are and what signs / symptoms you have. Low titers may mean nothing at all. Without clinical evidence of multisystem disease, the diagnosis of MCTD is very, very unlikey ...Read more

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Can you have lupus with a negative ANA test? What about other autoimmune disorders?

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ANA testing: ANA is a screening test for autoimmune disease, (generally present in 80-90% of cases). A higher titer over 1:160 is more significant. There are more definite testing for lupus such as anti-smith antibody and anti ds dna antbody. There are many more other specific testing for other specific autoimmune disorders. Syphilis and lyme disease can give false positive ANA test as well. See your md. ...Read more

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Multiple negative results for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV over the past years and past 2 mo's. Recently diagnosed w PID is this diagnosis correct without these

Multiple negative results for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV over the past years and past 2 mo's.  Recently diagnosed w PID is this diagnosis correct without these

PID: Yes. Absolutely. It is not hiv. But any of the bacterial stds would have been tested on other genital tissues. No test done in a clinic could have reached and tested the fallopian tubes! ...Read more

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I had a positive ANA of 1:40 Nucleolar pattern and an anti DS DNA come back high at 6 along with multiple Lupus symptoms. Does this mean I have Lupu?

May be: A number of criteria need to be met to diagnose lupus. You may consult this site that lists the various criteria and the number needed for the diagnosis. http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/lupus-diagnostic-criteria Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Is immunicap testing reliable for allergy in kids with severe excema? He already did skin prick and blood tests for specific allergies

Is immunicap testing reliable for allergy in kids with severe excema?
He already did skin prick and blood tests for specific allergies

Helps some: All allergy related tests have benefits & limitations. Any finding of an elevated IgE response to a particular food is worrisome and worthy of excluding that food. Elevated IgG levels to foods do not always correlate with the kids actual responses to that food. This or other tests can provide a guide to your food selections so you can eliminate candidate foods & see if it makes a difference. ...Read more

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Common autoimmune symptoms ANA low positive with sjogrens antibodies. Nose extremely dry for 2+weeks. No problems before. Is this a sjogrens symptoms?

Common autoimmune symptoms ANA low positive with sjogrens antibodies. Nose extremely dry for 2+weeks. No problems before. Is this a sjogrens symptoms?

Yes: Dryness anywhere can be a symptom of ski greens stndrome. To have/diagnose this disease you must have more than just a dry nose and positive blood test . Dry eyes and dry mouth are required for the diagnosis. ...Read more

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