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A 51-year-old female asked:

I cultured positive for herpes. my igg/igm were negative. i dated two men during that time prior to exposure. one i kissed platonically. the other i slept with. the one i had sex with was tested a month had igg of 26. did he give it to me?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
More info needed: Was the positive test oral or genital? It's rare to catch herpes from a platonic kiss. Your sexual exposure was with a partner who almost certainly is infected. If new genital infection, that person is the source. However, 30% of people with HSV1 have negative blood tests. If your positive test is HSV1 not HSV2, and especially if oral, you've had it a long time, not from either of these persons
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Agree. Not sure why a person would get blood tests 3 times unless he had recurrent signs of infection. If there was only contact with another human being, but no disease signs developed, there is usually no reason to do testing on a guy just because he contacted another human. Blood tests can be done on people who are suspected of already having herpes, or have a spouse with herpes, as tests results can alter the care plan.
Sep 12, 2018
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