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Negative for HSV 1 and HSV 2, Positive for IGM

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Hello everyone,

I had a blood test that tested negative for HSV 1 and HSV 2 and I tested positive for IGM. My doctor told me that I must have been exposed within the last 4-12 weeks. He also said that the IGM indicates that I would definitely eventually within a few months have HSV 1 or HSV 2. This didn't really sound right because I read somewhere that 9/10 people have the antibodies in them so can someone clarify this? Could it have been before 4-12 weeks, could IGM evolve into HSV 1 or HSV 2? Please someone help I am really worried. Thank You.


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I too tested positive for IGM but negative for hsv1 and negative for hsv2. They doctor had said i could have recently been exposed and there arent many antibodies built up yet but i haven't had sex in about 7 or 8 months. Yes, its been too long. But i am still concerned because i have had these red itchy bumps for about 3 weeks now, though, they have decrased from around 10 to 3 at the base of the shaft. I am going to get tested again in 3 months. Oh and by the way i was diagnosed with mono about 7 months ago also. Could this affect the results of the IGM? I am stressing myself out severley here and am in need of advice. Thanks in advance guys.


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I have ALWAYS tested positive for IGM (even before I had herpes). The first time I tested positive for IGM was at 18, even at 25 I still tested negative for both HSV 1 and HSV 2. My doctor at first told me the same thing as you all, but then after testing negative for HSV 1 and 2 for years upon years, she did some more research and realized she as wrong (and I was right!)-my IGM was picking up th fact that I had chickenpox and mono as a kid-both from the herpes family but NOT HSV 1 or 2. So, there ya go :-) Hopefully that brings some peace of mind to you both!

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      I have seen your advise on a few threads and to be honest while I am over careful at times you are not careful enough. This can absolutely happen and people should be well aware of the fact to prevent it from happening. I supposedly have good immunity on labs too. You just cant tell who will pick it up. It can live on surfaces for up to eight hours and towels that are wet and warm and that make micro abrasions when rubbed on skin are ways that transmission that can occur. You will often find out more by spending many hours reading on threads than your doctors. SO no it doesn't always just involve a cut on the skin. How do you think people get it else where.

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      it happened to me i think i should know.; someone caught it off me off a towel. it bloody well happens.
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      This is total BS and scaremongering. Please study further on here and elsewhere to learn a few more facts. 
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