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I'm hoping you could shed some light. I had posted earlier and hope you could help me answer some additional questions. Sorry to be repeating, I am just confused and concerned.
I have never had sex (intercourse or oral) before. I am seeing someone and we decided to get STI screenings before having sex. All my tests came back negative except for Herpes Type 2. The test performed was the HSV 1-2 IGG HERPESELECT AB and the test result was 1.83.
My OB/GYN could not explain the reason and recommended that I get a retest in a month's time. The doctor also said that the antibody detected by the test was an old one but couldn't say from how long ago. Through my online searches, I could not find any other cause of exposure other than through sex (genital-gential, oral-genital). I've had online responses that since I have never had sex, this could highly be a false positive.
My questions are:
1. Are there other ways of being exposed to herpes other than sex (oral / intercourse)?
2. How do you interpret a test result of 1.83? I've read elsewhere and a member mentioned that this result is within the range where false positives occur regularly. Could this be the case?
3. What test would you recommend for a retest?
4. Is there a waiting time before I get a retest? My OB/GYN recommended waiting about a month) - is there a reason for him recommending this?
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