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clarification of herpesn+ test results

I recently had a run of STI tests done and my Herpes report came back positive... After i spoke with the nurse practioner i thought i had some clarification but still a bit confused... :(
She explained to me that the test doesnt decipher between HSV 1 or HSV 2 - because nowadays they are both interchangeably contracted ... both orally/genitally

Either way below are my results does this shed any light on whether i tested positive (a low positive at that) for HSV 1 or HSV 2...
Note:  I've never had an outbreak of any type oral or genital ever ...
I was with my ex husband for over 11 years, he would get occasional cold sores on his mouth (so i wouldnt be surprised if i had an exposure to herpes 1)

below is word for word report results if any one can help decipher/ or clarify would be great!

Report Details
Name: HSV II ABS, IgG EIA

Name
c HSV II ABS, IgG EIA                            VALUE 0.11          REF RANGE < .90

REF RANGES:
NEGATIVE: 1.10

REPORT DETAILS:

HSV 1/2 IgG ASSAY                      VALUE: POSITIVE                 REF RANGE: NEGATIVE H

RESULT: Positive


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you had non-type specific testing done that came back as positive. non-type specific testing tells you nothing.

the lab that was used makes the erroneous assumption that if the non-type specific test is positive that you probably have hsv1 and so then it only tests specifically for hsv2. Your hsv2 was negative.

you will need to seek out hsv1 igg blood testing too to know your full status.

why did you get tested?

how long prior to testing  had you last had sex?

grace
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i realized that once i read my post over some of the details  of the reference ranges did not post correctly.

i got tested because i had a partner whom i had been having protected sex with during Sept - Dec who found a bump/ lump on his scrotum.. i dont believe he had the bump swabbed though. but said his herpes test came back positive.. i never saw his results though or what the report details were
when he told me i went about getting tested and go for full gyn exams at the 1st week of january

last time I had sex ( with this same individual) was during  Christmas week

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if its non-specific type testing and it tells me nothing .. then my HSV 2 results are not definite?
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you will need to seek out type specific herpes igg blood testing 3 months after you last had sex with this partner. your testing was done too early for your hsv2 test to be accurate. make sure they do the better testing this next time - test for hsv1 and hsv2 separately instead of the combined testing !
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