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My HSV 1 IgM ab screen came back negative and so did my HSV 2.... What exactly does that mean?

IgM antibodies. Igm antibodies are testing for any acute infection. In the case of hsv that means that you have no new antibodies and thus no new infection with both types of herpes. Read more...

Tested + for HSV 2 IGM when I use to be positive for HSV 1 but now negative? Should I be concerned?

Maybe. IgM antibodies usually appear shortly after infection. IgM antibodies typically begin to be detectable at 5-10 days after infection and phase out within a few months. A second type of antibody known as IgG antibodies will begin to develop shortly after infection. IgG antibodies are usually detectable at 4-12 weeks after exposure. You may have been exposed to HSV 2. Best wishes. . Read more...
Herpes... When you get tested for infection IgM positive means recent infection. In this case herpes type 2 is usually found in the genital area and is sexually transmitted. If you get symptoms like painful,itchy blisters or lesions you should get seen for further evaluation and treatment. Read more...
No. Lab error?? Probably should repeat the test. Meanwhile discuss herpes simplex in detail with your DR. You need to be fully informed about how it affects you and what to do about it. Read more...
Yes. Its true that HSV1 can cross-react with the IgG assay and cause a false positive HSV2 test, this problem is much less likely with the IgM test. If IgM is psitive, you should conduct yourself as infected with HSV2, until you have a talk with your testing doctor about your TITER. Rember, its not just about you going on treatment, but also protecting your sexual partners. Read more...
If you have lesions. Both HSV 1 and 2 may lay quiet in the a nerve root and become activated at different times. IgM antibodies are short term antibodies and often become undetectable after a short time, so if levels are positive, it doesn't tell if this is from a new infection or a reactivated infection, and many lab tests aren't sensitive to determine 1 vs 2. Most people get exposed to HSV by their 30's. Lesions? Read more...

Is HSV 1 & HSV 2 the same? The doc said that either 1 can occur in the oral & genital area. Does that mean both HSV 1 & HSV 2 r both considered stds?

Interchangeable. Herpes simplex viruses =hsv 1 & 2 are interchangeable when it comes to causing genital herpes. So it is the location of symptomotogy that dictates whether herpes is a std not the HSV virus#. Read more...
No, yes. Hsv-1 and hsv-2 are not the same - exactly. They are different viral types of herpes simplex. Hsv-1 usually causes cold sores around the mouth. Hsv-2 usually causes genital ulcers. However, either can be in either place. Therefore, they are both stds. Read more...