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Your HSV 1 is not highly positive because you had chicken pox as a child. The test distinguishes those two viruses. You are positive for HSV 1 because you are infected with HSV 1, either orally or genitally. The IgG test misses 30% of HSV 1 infections, so it is possible that your previous partner’s result is a false negative or it is possible that you have this genitally and are infrequently shedding or that you are infected orally and shedding infrequently. But you are infected with HSV 1.