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Herpes Test Results

I recently took a herpes test and the doctor told me I was positive for herpes 2.  My results are Type 1: IGM negative,  IGG 1.24, Type 2: IGM negative, IGG 1.33.  I have read that having type 1 can cause a false positive for type 2.  I have never noticed any sores or outbreaks.  What are the chances this is a false positive and what tests can I take to confirm weather I actually do have type 2?  Thank you for your time.
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239123 tn?1267647614
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
I disagree with your doctor.  Most HSV-2 results in the very low positive range, like yours, are falsely positive.  Don't blame your doctor, however.  This is a common misunderstanding, and undoubtedly the laboratory reported the result to your doctor as positive.

The IgM test result is meaningless; it doesn't help one way or the other.

These issues have been discussed in great detail in the past couple of weeks.  Please read the following threads for a lot of information, including additional testing that can be done to sort it out for certain.  Feel free to return with one or two brief follow-up questions if you can't find what you need to know if these threads.  In the meantime, you can be pretty sure you aren't infected with HSV-2.  However, your positive result for HSV-1 most likely is accurate.

Best wishes--  HHH, MD

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/543533
http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/544321
http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/547486
http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/547508
http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/548078
http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/550895

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Thank you so much for your time.  The links you gave were very informative.  My last question, I have had protected sex with a SW 7 times, 5 different workers.  I am done with this behavior.  I have never had any symptoms.  Should I get a Western Blot or BioKit test...  or is it pretty safe to let this go, learn from my scare and move on?

You do a great service!  Thank you!!!!
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These were not street workers but at brothels were they said they got tested regularly, if that helps.
239123 tn?1267647614
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
I would let it go.  With such a low number, it is very unlikely you have HSV-2.
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Thank you Doctor!!!!  Have a great 4th of July Weekend!!!

Is there any way to delete my 2 comments?
239123 tn?1267647614
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
No, not normally.  Presumably you selected a username that protects your identify, so I see no reason.
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A related discussion, HSV-2 retest results was started.

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