What qualifies as a "high titer count" for EBV and HHV6? Help understnading my lab results please!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by lady-day, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. lady-day

    lady-day Member


    I'm new here and I'm trying to fully understand my latest lab work.

    I went to see a doctor specializing in CFS, we did some bloodwork and she said I do have CFS based on my EBV and HHV6 readings.

    Here are my EBV results:
    EBNA Ab/IgG: (Positive) Result: >8.0 Reference: <0.9
    EBV Capsid Ag.Ab/IgG: (Positive) Result: 3.4 Reference: <0.9
    EBV Early Ag.Ab: (Negative) Result: <0.2 Reference: <0.9
    EBV Capsid Ag.Ab/IgM: (Negative) Result: .05 Reference: <0.9

    My understanding is that once you have been exposed to EBV both EBNA Ab/IgG and EBV Capsid Ag.Ab/IgG stay present for the rest of your life. I had a bad case of Mono as a kid, so the fact that they are present is not surprising. But what I have read online is that if these levels are significantly elevated that can suggest reactivation (even if the EBV Early and EBV IgM are negative). But I am having a hard time figuring out what constitutes a "high titer count" particularly because most of the readings I see are formated as 1:640. How do I translate a decimal reading into a 1:______ ?

    Here are my HHV6 results:
    Herpesvirus-6, IgG AB (3): (Positive) Result: 1:80 Reference: < 1:80

    I am confused about this reading because while it indicates infection 1:80 IS NOT an elevated titer. It is in fact the cut off. I read else where that IgG > 1:230 was considered an elevated titer.

    The Dr. prescribed me Famvir, but if the EBV is the more significantly elevated reding (which I'm not sure if it is..) than I wonder if maybe Valtrex would be a better antiviral. Does anyone have experience with either?

    Any feed back would be appreciated.
    Thank you!
  2. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    I can't read the EBV labs but know when I started on the FM path in 1999, one MD I started with did the EBV tests and instead of a pharma anti viral, which I could not afford, and glad I couldn't as I've heard too many side effect stories from those drugs....I started on Olive Leaf Extract and have been taking OLE for years....now about 500mg daily.

    It's my understanding that almost EVERYONE walks around with EBV....jam
  3. lady-day

    lady-day Member

    Hi Jamin,

    Thanks for the note.

    Yes, I've read that 95% of adult Americans have ebv. You can develop flu like symptoms when first exposed or no symptoms. Once you've got, the virus stays with you for life, lying dormant. My question is specifically about what lab work would suggest a "reactivation" of ebv?

    How has the Olive Leaf Extract worked out for you? I am definitely open to non-pharmaceutical stratiges and would be curious to hear more about your experience with Olive Leaf Extract.

  4. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Day, as far as I know the OLE works fine...in the beginning of all this I believe I was taking 1000mg in two doses per day and did that for a while, and now take 500mg....I've not had EBV tested again in all these years....I guess I feel, most have it anyway and I feel the OLE is doing me good.

    Also, on taking grape seed ex so long, it has anti viral and anti fungal actions as well as antioxidant...as I really am never sick, guess I'm doing something right...it's the joints/muscles in my body....grrrrrrr