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Test for Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2, what does it mean? .
Recently I was tested for Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2, the results are as follows:
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 IgM AB Titre (Elisa) : 0.11 (Negative)
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 IgG AB Titre (Elisa) : 1.85 (Positve)

What does it mean? Do I have HSV-1 or HSV-2? The report says HSV-2 causes primary and recurrent genital herpes and HSV-1 causes common cold sores, I am not able to understand whether I have HSV-1 or HSV-2, can someone guide?

I had posted this in Dermatology, now I discovered that there is a dedicated forum for herpes so posting here again, thanks.
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101028 tn?1419606604
you had the wrong testing done. you had non-type specific testing which is a waste of time and money since most adults already have hsv1 orally which automatically makes the test come back +.

if you really want to know your status, you'll need a type specific herpes igg blood test done.

was there a particular reason why you tested for herpes?

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Thanks Grace. The reason I tested for herpes was I had unprotected oral sex and protected vaginal sex with a female, I am a male.
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101028 tn?1419606604
if you are truly concerned about the encounter, get the proper type specific igg blood testing done anytime after 3 months after the encounter in question.

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