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Lab Results (Need help interpreting)

I am so confused by my LabCorps results. I was informed on 12/19/08 that I have herpes.  I have never had any symptoms, use protection and take precaution. My partner and I had a blood panel completed (with all negative results) for STDs so we could have unprotected sex. We have been sexually intimate since August 2008. I have had no other partners but cannot confirm his side. He claims a girl gave him oral sex and I think she may have had HSV1. But reading the forum, HSV 1 cannot develop into HSV 2.
My primary care doc provided the following lab results:
HSV 1 and 2-specific Ab, IgG
HSV 1 IgG, Type Spec 2.94 High (positive range is >1.09)
HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec 1.75 High (positive range is >1.09)
; coinfection with HSV-1 cannot be excluded without type specific
HSV, IgM I/II Combination <0.91

I have had chicken pox as a kid and fever blisters (cold sores) in the past so I was not surprised by the positive Simplex 1. However, I am getting a second opinion on HSV-2 b/c I am asymptomatic and the 'score' is so low. The only vaginal issues I have ever had were yeast and bacteria-related. No history of STDs ever. I am confused. Do I have genital herpes? I am not sure what tests LabCorp used but I know they were type-specific looking at the lab printout. However, there have also been reports of the LabCorp in my location recently using a bad testing batch from Trinity products for herpes IgG testing that produced false positives. I am freaking out and scared. Can you provide some answers or guidance?
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207091 tn?1337709493
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You posted this 3 times.  There is no need for that.  Please read our first thread, called "Please read before posting".

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207091 tn?1337709493
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Actually, your hsv2 number is low enough to get confirmed, and experts now suggest that anything under a 3.5 on the hsv IgG be confirmed, especially in the presence of a pre-existing hsv1 infection.

At this point, you don't really know if you have hsv2 or not.

Here is a good thread for you to read - http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/558915

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Chicken Pox is NOT HSV I.   They are in the same family but two different types of herpes.   From the results you posted you have tested positive for both type one and two.  

You are right that Type one can not develope into type two but type one CAN be transmitted to the genital region. But it does not sound like that is the case, it sounds like you have tested positive for both.

You can carry Herpes for many years and not have a breakout and still be a carrier and still be able to pass on the virus.  Also for some the symptoms are so mild they go miss diagnosed as either a yeast infection or simple jock itch.   I personally do not get anything more than a little redness and irritation.  I have never had blisters.  But I have HSV II....

As for the numbers being low...Positive is Positive it does not matter how low the numbers are...it is like being a little bit pregnant...

There is nothing wrong with getting a second test for your own peace of mind though but if by some miracle it comes out negative I recommend a 3rd...false negatives are far more common than false positives.  (I had two test...both positive)

http://herpeshealth.ca/transmission_01.html  is a great site for information on both of these viruses.  

Good luck to you.

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