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I always did gonorrhea and chlamydia testing, and they always are negative. but i never get tested for herpes. i recently did a std panel for stds including herpes. results show hsv-igg 1& 2; 56 h and 5.53 h. does that mean i had it in the past? help?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Positive IgG means you had HSV some time in the past, as have most people. If you don't have any clusters of painful blisters, you probably don't have it now.

Answered 12/23/2021

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered

Specializes in Pathology

Yes. You should tell you sex partners about your HSV 2 positive status as you can transmit even when there are no open herpes lesions. In case you get herpes lesions, your doctor can prescribe antiviral medication. Get HPV, Flu and Covid vaccines. Wish you good health! Safe sex: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/safer-sex-guidelines

Answered 12/24/2021

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