[Question #6429] Test result of 2.53 for HSV 2 IGG, TYPE SPECIFIC AB

17 months ago
I am a recently divorced male in my 60s and recently got a full panel of STD tests done.  I had negative results on everything including HSV1 but was shocked to have a positive result (2.53) for an IGG HSV2 test.
I have never had any symptoms, nor did the woman I was married to for over 30 years. Prior to the marriage I had several lengthy monogamous relationships with various women, none of whom ever had any hint of HSV2 despite lots of unprotected sex. I suppose it is possible that I was exposed to the virus in college and that I am just asymptomatic? But if it is true that infected asymptomatic persons can shed the virus why did none of the women I had unprotected sex with over the years ever develop HSV2? How can I determine if I shed the virus? Is there some private testing service where I get 30 or 60 swabs and use one a day and send them all off for testing?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
17 months ago
The first thing you need to do is to obtain a herpes western blot as a confirmatory test for your low positive IgG index value.  The CDC recommends confirmatory testing for anyone who tests between 1.1 and 3.5, and that's you!  Overall, there is a 50% chance if you test in this range that this is a false positive.  Without any symptoms, you could be infected but there is a good chance you are not.  You can work with your own doc on this OR I can help you at westovereheightsc.com.  There is a video conference button on the home page that will take you to an appointment where we can set up the appointment.

Terri
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