I recently had a yearly physical exam and asked for a HSV 1 and 2 test along with routine bloodwork. I was very surprised the results for IgM HSV 1/2 screen were both negative. I'm surprised because I'm pretty certain that what I've witnessed as recurrent mouth/lip sores (for 7 years) as well as what I believed to be an initial genital outbreak (3 years ago) were HSV. I was tested on both previous times (not sure which specific test) and told by the doctor's offices that I had HSV 1, and subsequently HSV 2. Today, when I was given the negative IgM results for HSV 1 and 2, I asked if I still needed to disclose my HSV status to potential partners, to which I was told "no, because you don't have the virus".
Is this true? Is it possible I do not have, nor ever did have HSV 1 and 2? I've read about false-positive IgM results, but not much about false-negative IgM results. Could this be a false-negative result, indicating that there is no active infection in my body, and that my IgM antibodies for HSV1/2 are at an undetectable low level, causing the negative IgM result? Do I need to still disclose my HSV status to potential partners?
Should I ask for a followup IgG HSV 1 and 2 blood test? Whats going on here? Any help, expertise, knowledge, and advice would be so very appreciated. Thank you!