A 23-year-old female asked:
blisters on vag. docs thought herpes 2. neg igm for 1and 2. igg pos. for herpes 1 and neg for 2. culture neg. for vag. what do i believe?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Hard to say: All those tests results mean is that you've had previous exposure to hsv 1, nothing about current infection. Contrary to popular belief, hsv 1 and 2 can interchangeably cause oral and genital ulcers; the only thing that differs really is chance of recurrent lesions. The negative culture could be useful if done early; however, the sensitivity rapidly drops as the lesions start healing.
Answered on Dec 30, 2012
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