I had a big case of the chicken pox when I was in third grade. I'm 18 weeks pregnant with my third child. There are strains of wild chicken pox going around here with one group of our friends and I was considering exposing my kids (ages 5 and 2) in a few weeks after a family vacation. My midwives suggested getting my varicella titers checked. I had the bloodwork done and the results came back "equivocal". I had the bloodwork done a second time and got the same result. They are now saying that I should be treated as not immune and avoid anyone in contact with CP. If I come in contact with someone with CP, I should come in right away to get anti-virals.
My questions are about the accuracy of the varicella titer test. Does anyone know how accurate it is? The nurse I talked to said that they do it twice just to make sure it is accurate, but that doesn't tell me how accurate it is in the first place. Is the test just as accurate during pregnancy as during non-pregnancy? Is there more than one way to do a titer check for chicken pox? Should I be asking for a different type of test and if so, what would it be called? Is there anything else you would do?
Thanks! I appreciate your help!