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I'm sure you must've seen my other posts around the forums. I apologize, but I'm in that stage where I'm looking for support and understanding. 

I had an IgG blood test at the end of November, roughly 2-4 weeks after possible exposure. I came back hsv1 positive with a test result of 1.60, which I was told this could be ohsv1 from childhood.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong. Isn't 1.60 too low for having had it that long? Shouldn't it be much higher if I was exposed to the virus as a child? Is this more likely a recent infection from the possible exposure? 

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The numbers don't really mean much except whether positive or negative.  Ive had 4 tests within the last 18 months and all were between 1.3 and 1.6 for hsv1. Sometimes the low numbers can be false positive for hsv2 but false positives are less frequent on hsv1.  Im like you.  Im assuming I became positive in my early childhood as I've never had a breakout.  I do think your body gets better at managing the virus as you get older.  Ive even heard of some people seroconverting to a negative result on the test but they still have the virus.  

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1 hour ago, Muscha said:

The numbers don't really mean much except whether positive or negative.  Ive had 4 tests within the last 18 months and all were between 1.3 and 1.6 for hsv1. Sometimes the low numbers can be false positive for hsv2 but false positives are less frequent on hsv1.  Im like you.  Im assuming I became positive in my early childhood as I've never had a breakout.  I do think your body gets better at managing the virus as you get older.  Ive even heard of some people seroconverting to a negative result on the test but they still have the virus.  

That's interesting. When you say it was between those numbers, do you mean it climbed slowly, or went back and forth?

I'm curious because I had a second test and it came back lower than the first one. It went from 1.60 to 1.21 after 7 weeks.

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42 minutes ago, Mark1099 said:

That's interesting. When you say it was between those numbers, do you mean it climbed slowly, or went back and forth?

I'm curious because I had a second test and it came back lower than the first one. It went from 1.60 to 1.21 after 7 weeks.

As I understand it, if you take it several times it will be different each time.  Its the way the tests works.  Mine were back and forth within that range.  If I take it again  I could be higher or lower but I will be in the positive range.

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