A 29-year-old male asked:
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does an hsv-1 igg level of 15.9 indicate a rampant, active infection? and regardless, does it warrant anti-viral treatment? no external sores, but infection may be in cns as i have orthostatic intolerance.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Whoa: I appreciate your interest in medicine but you've got no reason to be frightened. Herpes involving the brain is not subtle -- you'd be obviously sick. Your high IgG level just means your body's good at responding to and remembering herpes. Different folks drop their blood pressure more or less as they stand up -- nobody understands why but it's trivial, and you're not dying of herpes.
Answered on Feb 23, 2016
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Past infection: An IgG antibody to HSV-1 means that like most people, you got the infection some time ago. If you had HSV encephalitis, you would not be able to ask the question in HealthTap, For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.
Answered on Feb 24, 2016

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