A 56-year-old male asked:
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recently tested positive for hsv 1 igg was 12.3. no symptoms ever. what should i know about this?

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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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A positive HSV IgG: indicates that sometime in the past, whether a few weeks or a few years, you had a Herpes outbreak that you weren't aware of. You didn't specify what type of Herpes. Type I is oral herpes--cold sores; Type II is genital Herpes. Type 1 might not need any treatment; Type II is more complicated--treatment depends on many factors.. If you ever get sores on your genital area, please see a doctor.
Answered on May 5, 2017
Dr. Ralf Lukner
9 years experience Internal Medicine
(+) Exposure: HSV 1 elevated (such 12.3) means you were exposed to the HSV 1 virus during your lifetime. Most people are exposed as children. Since you were exposed, you could experience "canker sores" (typical of HSV 1) or, much more rarely, a genital rash.
Answered on May 5, 2017

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