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My blood tested positive for HSV 1 antibodies, but I have never had a cold sore anywhere on my body at any time in my life.

I have read that testing positive for the antibodies doesn't necessarily mean you're a carrier or able to spread it, it just means that at some point in your life, you encountered the virus and your body created antibodies to fight it off.

Is this accurate?
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897535 tn?1295206435
No, it's not accurate. It means you have HSV1. Once you have herpes, it's for life, there's no cure and it doesn't go away on it's own.

In the absence of symptoms, most likely you have oral herpes, along with the majority of adults. It's incredibly common, and most of us won't make it to the old folks home without it.

You can read more about oral herpes here:
101028 tn?1419603004
what were your actual blood test results? ie hsv1 igg 4.4 or whatever they were.

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