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13358727 tn?1432326927

Just tested positive for Herpes

My lab results just came. Tested positive for hsv 1 and 2 IGG (25.20). IGM is negative.

Can anyone please tell what does it mean for me and my life now? I feel lost. :(
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3149845 tn?1506627771
Hi, was this a combination test or type specific? The post shows hsv1 and 2 together as a combination test. Very important you find this out.
13358727 tn?1432326927
It was a combination test. Why is it important to know the specivic type of hsv? Is one type dangerous than the other? Is either of them life threatening?
13358727 tn?1432326927
I have a wife and 2 kids. Does it mean I can't kiss them ever?
3149845 tn?1506627771
Very often when a person has hsv1 oral, which upward of 65% of the adult population has from childhood, it cross  reacts and shows a low positive for hsv2 which is almost always a false positive and i would bet this is the case with you.
13358727 tn?1432326927
My positive value is very high 25.20 isn't it? But the report doesn't say if it's HSV 1 or 2. Is HSV 1 somewhat more preferable than HSV2? Is hsv2 bad as in life threatening? And please tell me how should I behave around my kids now. Kissing is off the table I guess for life! Can I hug them?
3149845 tn?1506627771
SJ, listen to me. You need to take the test again but with a type specific to rule out hsv2. Hsv2 is the more difficult one in ways of having sex with your wife. Hsv1 oral is no big deal as millions of people have it and all you need to do is avoid kissing (rubbing romantic kissig) when you have an active lip cold sore also avoid oral sex when you have an active lip sore. Hsv1 is no big deal.
13358727 tn?1432326927
Ok ok I see your point. Please bear with me and take just 1 or 2 more questions please. 1. Herpes is usually transmitted only when there are open or obvious sores? I mean suppose I have perfectly healthy clean lips then my kiss is not risky for my kids? Like on cheeks?
2. Is chickenpox related to Hsv? I mean if I had chickenpox as a child then would my hsv test be necessarily positive?
13358727 tn?1432326927
Sorry for excessive posting. It's just that I am terrified right now. Have to go to my brother's wedding in an hour. Don't know how will I hold up myself there. :(
3149845 tn?1506627771
1. yes, with no lip sores its ok to kiss
.2.  Chicken pox is not related to HSV
13358727 tn?1432326927
Ok thanks. Will visit a doc tomorrow.
13358727 tn?1432326927
Went to the doc. He says nothing to worry because "it's no big deal". He says no further testing is required. However I have given a sample for HSV 2 igg and IGM test. If it's negative then I have HSV 1 and if it's positive then I have hsv 2. It's that simple right? I mean can it be so that I have both hsv 1 and hsv 2??
13358727 tn?1432326927
My report came and it is confusing like hell. See my hsv 1 and 2 combo test was negative for igm but positive for igg. Now my hsv2 standalone test is negative for igg and positive for igm with a value of 2.02.

What to make of this??? How can igm be negative in a combo test but turnout to be positive in a specific test??

Does it mean that I am positive for hsv1 igg and positive for hsv2 igm??? Even if it is so then why didn't the positive igm result show in my combo test??

Any explanation will be most welcome.
13358727 tn?1432326927
And my last exposure was 3 months ago. Can igm antibodies show up so late after the exposure?
13358727 tn?1432326927
Kindly help....anyone who can explain? Thanks in advance.
3149845 tn?1506627771
We dont use igM at all as is meaningless so dont bring this up again. What was the test result for specific hsv1 and hsv2?
13358727 tn?1432326927
Ok igm is useless. Glad to know that. Here is the matter in a nutshell:

Test 1, combo = igg positive

Test 2, HSV 2 Igg and IGM = igg negative. (IGM POS)

Last exposure = 3 months ago.

Symptoms = None

What do you make of it?

Thanks.
13358727 tn?1432326927
I though if I am igg posit I've in a combo then being igg negative in HSV2 makes me igg positive in HSV1 by default. That is why I didn't take an HSV 1 igg test.

Correct and suggest if I am wrong. Much appreciated.
13358727 tn?1432326927
Excuse the typos. Typing from a mobile with one hand.
3149845 tn?1506627771
Yes igg postive for hsv1
13358727 tn?1432326927
Two questions if you would be kind enough to take them:

1. If we conclude that I am hsv1 igg pos then what's the likely prognosis? And how should I behave around my kids?

2. Are you sure IGM positive for HSV2 doesn't mean anything? Please don't get me wrong I mean to say should any further test or retest be considered?

Regards
3149845 tn?1506627771
1. just be care when kissing them when you have a lip cold sore or feel some lip tingling.
2. Testing negative 3 months post exposure for hsv2 is conclusive.
13358727 tn?1432326927
Ok thanks. Even if I still somehow manage to get my kids infected with hsv1....It still won't mean anything more than some cold sores on their lips right? I mean even in the worst case scenario I am not a life risk to them?

With great effort I had put hiv fear behind me. With 7 hiv negative tests in total, the last being at 83 days from exposure I finally got to move on. This HSV 1 igg positive has me thinking that whether my hiv tests were influenced by HSV interference?
13358727 tn?1432326927
You have been of tremendous help. Thanks. God bless you.
3149845 tn?1506627771
Yes, hsv1 oral is no big thing. I just noticed that you have 90 posts all about HIV and other std, I would really suggest having some counceling about your std anxiety.
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