› Forums › Herpes Questions › Just need a little clarification on positive hsv1 and hsv 2 results
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October 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm #10181blee2384Participant
I originally was told I was negative to everything but then was told I had low antibodies to HSV1 and HSv2 and that it was an old exposu, but upon receiving my results, I see unusually high numbers for both.
HSV1 IgG- 31.90
HSV2 IgG- 8.58
I asked my doctor if I needed to begin taking an antiviral and if I should be concerned. She said no, the virus was inactive since I haven’t had any sores or issues and that I was most likely a carrier and that I just needed to use condoms when being sexually active with someone. Does the high number indicate a recent infection? The doctor said it was an old exposure. I am just confused as to the different things she said and now my results. Either way I know a positive is a positive, and I’ve never had any outbreaks or sores or anything that I would attribute to it, but regardless, just a little clarification would be perfect. also ive tested before and come back negative. Thank you in advance.
October 22, 2015 at 8:39 am #10195Terri WarrenKeymaster
our results are firm positives, both of them. You are infected with both HSV 1 and HSV 2 and are potentially infectious to others with both. These numbers do NOT indicate a new infection, no, they indicate a well established infection. If you have sex with someone who is negative for HSV 2 (and it wold be good for them to be tested to know that for sure), most people would recommend that you take antiviral therapy daily to reduce the risk of infecting them by almost half. That’s huge. You can transmit the virus when you have no signs or symptoms present at the time. it is not true that the virus is inactive when you have no sores. the virus, without medicine is given off from the body on about 14 out of 100 days total.
You mention that you’ve tested negative for herpes in the past – have you had many partners since then?
October 22, 2015 at 9:21 am #10204blee2384Participant
From my obsessive researching, that is pretty much the same thing I understood. I am not sure why my doctor was so nonchalant about it and so confusing about my results.
Regardless, I assumed a positive is a positive and its in my blood and that’s that.
But, that being said, I don’t know if I got the test this doctor gave me, which from what I have researched is the igg which tests for long standing antibodies as opposed to fresh ones? I don’t know. I have been googling nonstop since finding out!
And not at all, which leaves me convinced that I maybe got a crappy test done, or not the right one and that possibly I wasn’t given the herpes blood test when getting STD testing done, which I realize is quite possible upon seeing that it isn’t included in basic testing.
Thank you in advance for your response.
October 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm #10232Terri WarrenKeymaster
If the doctor gave you an IgG test, it is the correct test. You have well established HSV 2 antibody. I’m not sure what you are asking about that.
The IgG is not a crappy test it is the correct test.
Are you talking about previous STD testing here, not this most recent testing?
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