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A 32-year-old male asked:

I took a igg blood test for hsv 1 and hsv 2 hsv1 was negative but hsv 2 came out positive with the range 1.25. what does this mean? i took the test on 7/16/21. havent had any outbreaks or sores. do i retest?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
A 1.25 level does not mean you have definitely been exposed to HSV2, especially in the context of no outbreaks or sores. Cross reactivity to other Herpes type viruses could give you a chronic false positive HSV2 test. If a repeat test now is in the same range then that would be the reasonable conclusion. If the level is now much higher, then you were exposed, though you noticed no outbreaks.
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