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A 25-year-old male asked:

i have trouble interpreting hsv 1.2 combo test. super worried. negative for igm but super high positive 185.8 for igg?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Means past infection: A person whose lab test result says HSV IgG positive means the person had caught HSV sometime in the past, but there is no way to tell exactly how far back in the past. The positive result does not tell which part of the body is involved in the infection, because HSV affecting any part of the body will give a positive test result. The majority of adults have Herpes type 1 and are positive for HSV.

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