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A 22-year-old female asked:

I just recently got blood tested for hiv and chlamydia & etc.. everything was negative the doctor also tested me for hsv1&2 they read this hsv 1/2 ab (igm) was negative and hsv 1/2 igg was positive i never had symptoms does this mean i have herpes?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Did you or do you ever have cold sores ? HSV1/2 are also seen as the cause of this problem. A positive IGG just says you had the germ in the past, it does not locate where or how it was acquired.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
About 60% of adults have been infected with HSV 1 and carry the virus with them. Other occasional cold sore, most do not have symptoms from the infection. You may acquired the infection and been asymptomatic. There is no need to dwell on this. Get HPV vaccine.
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A female asked:
Hi, what is that result means? Herpes virus ab profile blood, hsv igg 5.79 unit isr. Hsv Igm result negative/reference range negative..
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Last updated Oct 25, 2021

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