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A 26-year-old female asked:

Can igm test be inaccurate & give false results especially when i tested negative for igg herpes? whats the best test for hsv? help please please

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
HSV: Hsv is often a clinical diagnosis. Igm is the antibody produced earliest in a viral infection so if this was positive, then it means an acute infection. Igg is produced later in the infection and/or after infection has cleared. Igg will probably turn positive at a later time, but treating the hsv with an oral anti-viral is most important, not the igm/igg results.
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