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"Please Discregard first 2 previous post, when I posted it, stuff were getting cut off, for some reason"
Ok Hey Guys, I'm a 26 year old healthy male, but lately I decided to go to the Doctor for a full check up, being that I've been paying for my insurance and have'nt been to the Doctor in about 4 years. So I got a blood work done, and my doctor said everything was fine, I was negative for everything, "BUT" their was one thing.... He said the I have been "Exposed to HSV-2" which is Herpes and that it was'nt anything to worry about. I've been with the same girl for over 5 years and neither of us have ever had any type of Herpes symtoms (symptoms) or breakouts. She was also tested afterwards but was negative. So my question is, should I be taking any precausions, I'm a little worried, but not much, being that I never had any symtoms (symptoms), and I've never cheated on my girlfriend. Could this be an incorrect reading? Heres a copy of my test below, I dont quite understand it, but maybe you guys can help me. I would really really appreciate it.
TEST RESULT LIMITS
HSV Type 2-Specific Ab, IgG
HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec 1.01H index 0.00 - 0.90
Equivocal 0.91 - 1.09
Note: Negative indicates no antibodies detected to HSV-2. Equivocal may suggest early infection. If clinically appropriate, retest at later date. Positive indicates antibodies detected to HSV-2; coinfection with HSV-1 cannot be excluded without type specific testing.
Thanks for your reply grace, I really appreciate it, I just don't understand why doctors are telling people this, because I've came accross a few similiar post with the same thing, both on here and through google, They keep on telling people that they may have"Been Exposed To HSV-1 or HSV2" and no one seems to know exactly what does that mean. I did come accross this one article that suggest that if you have been exposed your blood work will show a few HSV antibodies, but doesnt necessarily mean you have it to the point where you have symptoms.
The numeric results you get that are negative like .23 or .78 for instance, are due to the way the test is performed, not because of having been exposed at some point and having a little bit of antibodies.
I am looking at my test results for HSV1 & 2 ... which reads
HSV 1 IGG AB >5.00 H index
HSV 2 IGG AB 2.86 H index
I assume the 2.86 is a equivocal ... the doctor wrote on the lab sheet: she has HAD HSV-2, and HSV-1.
my question do I have gential (genital) herpes?
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