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hsv 2 - igm postive / igg negative

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hi - just received herpes results.


i found out the my hsv 2 igm test is positive.


however, all other tests (igg for 1&2 and igm for 1) are negative.


i am wondering what this means? i have never experienced any symptoms or outbreaks. i definitely have been irresponsible with sex over the last few years, though.


i read that igm results are faulty because they-

1. cannot decipher between hsv 1 or 2

2. can produce a false positive

3. less common to have a positive igm without a positive igg


if anyone has insight on what a positive hsv 2 igm result means (without igg positive), i would so appreciate it.


thanks so much

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I've heard IgM tests are notoriously inaccurate. Some say it can indicate a recent infection because the IgM antibodies develop before IgG.


If your IgG was negative and you've had no outbreaks, I'd test again in a few weeks just for peace of mind. IgG antibodies can take up to 16 weeks to develop enough to be detected.

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