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La Femme

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La Femme

Hi folks, I am pretty new to this forum so please bear with me. I was recently diagnosed a few days ago with HSV. The doctor said that I have both strains. As you can imagine, my heart sank.

I have been crying so much that I think my tear ducts are dried out. Anyway I have been trying to do research because I don't feel like I am fully informed.

Based on my research, I believe that I'm a asymptomatic carrier to the virus. Perhaps there are signs that I just missed or brushed them off as something else. On occassions, I have had a bump - sometimes showing up the next day after. This bump never had any puss or "head". It simply showed up and left after about 3 days or so. It never truly hurt or itched. I guess I am trying to figure out if that was infact an outbreak.

So here are a couple of questions that maybe someout out there can answer.

My lab report shows this:

HSV I/II - - 40.2 IgG

I cant tell if that means I have both or I have one. The doctor said I have both, but my interpretation of the same lab report is different.

Secondly it says that its high - does that mean a recent infection? What is the range? Is it 1 - 100%. I guess it doesn't matter because the outcome doesn't change, but I am trying to get some sort of answer to tell me how long have I been infected.

Which brings me to the next point. I am so furious with the healthcare system and with the doctors for not informing people that the HSV testing is not "routine." Pardon me but when I tell the doctor to test me for STD's, I am not excluding any in my mind.

I'm sorry for being so long winded but I guess I have so much to digest and all the time in the world to accept living with this.

Any help, advice, observations and comments are welcomed.

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Hi La Femme,

This obviously looks like a combination test for both 1 and 2. This does not mean that you have both types, this only means that you have HSV but does not tell you which type or where it would be.

I suggest you re-test and ask your doctor to order an IgG type specific antibody test for HSV-1 AND HSV-2, and specify to him that you do NOT want a combination test.

Good luck with your request, doctors can be reluctant if their patients try to tell them how to do their job.

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