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Hsv2 read >5.00 hsv1 read <0.90 what do the numbers mean?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Pos HSV2, neg HSV1: The lab report should have notations about this but maybe hard to understand (written for HCPs, not patients). With the usual HSV antibody tests, over 3.5 is definitely positive, and under 0.9 is negative. (Between those numbers, it's sometimes hard to know.) Almost certainly you are infected with HSV2, i.e. genital herpes, but probably not HSV1, which mostly causes oral herpes. See an STD expert.

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Last updated Feb 28, 2017

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