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Chances of Having HSV-2
All,
  This question is mainly directed towards Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield because most of my research came from his posts.  I recently had unprotected sex with someone a little over a month ago.  Since then I have not had sex for about 6 months.  I read that IgM tests are completely useless because they cannot distinguish between the two types of herpes but I had one done and it came back equivocal at 0.96.  I also read a post by Dr. Hansfield concerning couples with one being HSV-2 positive and the other one is not.  He said that it is about a 3-5% chance that the negative member get infected with HSV-2 during a year of having unprotected sex.  So my question is...

If I had my IgM come back at 0.96 (equivocal) and I did not see any signs of an outbreak with this person I recently had unprotected sex with shouldn't my chances of not having HSV-2 be pretty good since there is only a 3-5% chance of transmitting between a HSV + and HSV - couple?

Even though the IgM is considered useless wouldn't it prove useful in this case in determining that I did not catch anything from my ex-girlfriend?

Thank you for everyone's support on this forum, this is such a blessing to have these questions answered and have a community so supportive.

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Let me correct this by saying that I had not had sex for 6 months before the recent encounter, not 6 months after...

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this is not the doctor's forum. you have to pay to post there. Hunter never comes here.

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Well what would your opinion be Grace?

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101028 tn?1419606604
already gave you my opinion the first time you asked these questions in your other post.

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