The IgM test cannot distinguish HSV 1 from HSV 2, and cannot accurately distinguish herpes simplex viruses from other herpes viruses. The CDC says never to use it.
The IgG and IgM antibodies come up at the same time with herpes, unlike other viruses where IgM is useful.
I don’t believe that you would be positive for HSV 1 6 days after infection – that is a very short time indeed. I suspect you’ve had longer standing infection with HSV 1 and didn’t know it. About half the population has HSV 1 so not unexpected.
Your symptoms don’t sound herpetic to me.
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 6 days ago by Terri Warren.