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I was tested for herpes back in July and my IGG results were as follows HSV-1: 1.5 positive and HSV-2: 0.19 negative. My doctor told me I tested positive for both 1&2 but I think he was looking at my IGM results which both read positive. Also after research I now know IGM results are useless. I sought another opinion from an online STD specialist from a credible website and they said that I don't have HSV-2 but there is a chance I have HSV-1. When I was tested I hadn't had sexual relations in about 6-7 months and never showed symptoms of herpes. I am writing this post because in the back of my mind I still wonder if the 0.19 IGG negative reading for HSV-2 is correct. I'm not too concerned about the HSV-1 because I never had cold sores and understand I could have attracted it when I was a kid. I wonder if I should get retested eventhough I haven't had sexual relations since being tested due to my uncertainty. Any input would be appreciated.

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The online doctor was correct your results do not indicate infection of HSV-2 and the IgM test cannot distinguish between types. That said you should retest 3-6 mo past the last sexual contact or last symptoms you experienced (whatever caused you to get tested) to get an accurate result for HSV-2.

Blood tests can take between 12 weeks to 6 months to become positive though most people will show a reliable result after 12wks.

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Try a Lysine supplement for cold sores

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    • WilsoInAus
      But you were probably also exposed to HSV-1,2,3,4,5,6ab,7,8. There are also about 80 other human viruses and you would have been exposed to a dozen of those. There are tens of different bacteria that also transmit during sexual activity. There are also hundreds of possible  causes generated with your body.  
    • RainyDay2
      The sad part is I was exposed to HSV 2 so judging by what information Im told, If I had herpes mine would almost definitely show up on an IGG test by now.  Supposedly I’d have less than an 8% chance of it not showing up on a blood test. All I can do is go off the information Im given.   My thing is this: I need to know what is causing this.  If the medical world wants to tell me that I dont have herpes, fine.  What is it that I have then? And how do I get rid of it? Otherwise, being negative for herpes means nothing to me.  Because Im still positive for something, and they cant even figure out what the hell it is! Because my body definitely changed after I was exposed to it.  
    • WilsoInAus
      That’s incorrect for recent infections where it nears 100%. Those people have a positive swab.
    • WilsoInAus
      Herpes is not some default magic rabbit that comes out of the hat and makes sense out of the irrational.
    • MikeIke
      @RainyDay2 i am about to pull out the big bht guns. Hey if i can get rid of the symptoms forever and never blow positive, ill take it. My other thought was hpv but i know i was exposed. The last clinician i saw definitely thought my lip things looked herpetic and sajd she's seen urethral herpes before too.    Igg can be forever negative in some, i have heard hsv1 has less accuracy with igg

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