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A 32-year-old female asked:

if hsv 2 is negative does this mean that both igg and igm are negative?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Not necessarily: Culture of hsv may be negative if the infected person is not sheeding the virus, the positive antibody suggests a past or recent exposure to the virus even when the virus is not detected by culture.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Testing for Herpes: Nope. These specific antibodies must be specified. Most screening tests just test for igg. But, if the doctor suspects a recent exposure the igm antibody can be added to this testing.

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A 32-year-old female asked:

If HSV 2 negative, what is considered negative - IgG or IgM or both?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Both : Hsv igg indicates a past infection greater than 6 weeks ago. Igm indicates a newly acquired infection.

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Last updated Apr 23, 2013

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