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Mar-27-12, 06:01 PM (CST)
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   After my doctor told me I had herpes after having a 1.71 H result for the IgM, I went back to have repeat bloodwork done since I read that IgM is the inaccurate test. My results were as follows:
HSV, IGM I/II: 1.82 H (0.00-0.90 Ratio)
HSV 1 IgG: <0.91 (0.00-0.90 index)
HSV 2 IgG: <0.91 (0.00-0.90 index)

She says that the long-term antibodies are negative but the short term antibodies are positive, so I do have herpes.

Am I wrong or is she wrong? I'm so confused and I'm not sure who to get the answers from. Can anyone help?

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Mar-28-12, 02:20 AM (CST)
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1. "RE: IgG/IgM"
In response to message #0
The IgM test for herpes is useless. It often reacts positvely to things that have nothing to do with herpes. It you like getting your arm poked it's good for that.

The IgG test is reliable, BUT it can take up to 3 months (12 weeks) to get a positive result after contracting herpes.

Since you've had two negative IgG tests in a row, odds are that you are actually negative for herpes, especially if you haven't had any noticeable symptoms.

If neither of the above tests were performed after the 12 week mark from when you think you may have been exposed to herpes, you may want to repeat the test at that time. If you should happen to have a positive result at that time post the results in our support forum (just the numbers, we don't need to know your name or other private stuff) and we'll make sure the numbers have been interpretted properly.

I hope this helps.

Be well,

Hoe eet jy 'n olifant? Bietjie vir bietjie.
(Translation from Afrikans: How do you eat an elephant? Bit by bit.)

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