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hsv 1. my partner 30 year old shows hsv 1 igg detected. igm negative. she says she has not had cold sores since childhood. can she tramit hsv 1 to me?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Yes: Igm is + when getting infection for the 1st time, then becomes negative, it may become + with a flare up. Igg stay + forever. We get hsv1 (fever blister) mostly from our parents (kissing). Some people get flare ups frequently (stress , a cold...), other never get them but still can shed it (pass it to other). You probably have it (from your parents).
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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