Hsv 1 Test Positive

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I tested positive for HSV-1. How do I know if I have a genital or oral infection?
    I recently tested positive for HSV-1 antibodies (negative for HSV-2). This comes after an episode of unprotected oral sex. I have never noticed any visible oral or genital lesions or sores. I dont know whether I contracted the virus as a child or recently. Would I be shedding the virus if I have not developed any noticeable symptoms? Am I morally obligated to tell any future partners about the test? Will I ever develop symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      The more common place to have HSV1 is on the mouth, but this rarely comes from having sex. Usually people get HSV1 in the form of "cold sores" as a child, from kissing relatives or friends that have cold sores.
      If you have had oral sex before then some one with cold sores could have transferred cold sores to your genitals.
      Shedding usually happens around the time of an out break but can spontaneously happen in between out breaks and usually happens for a small number of days out of the year. Shedding isunpredictable and undetectable so you wouldn't know if you were shedding.
      If you happen to break out on your genitals then you may want to inform future partners. If it's on your mouth then if it comes up you may want to tell them you get cold sores.
      There is nothing to say if you will ever develop symptoms. Every one with herpes is different, some have symptoms some just carry the virus in their body while having little to no symptoms.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can having chicken pox early as a child result in a positive HSV-1 test?
    Tested positive for HSV-1, but never had an outbreak or cold sores.
    Doctor said I could have contracted it as a child or something. I am thinking about getting a re-test, since I did not test positive for HSV-2. I think it might be a false positive?

    • ANSWER:
      You are a carrier. 80% of people are HSV1 carriers. It's not a false positive. They tested you for the antibodies and you have them which means you were exposed to the virus and are a carrier. You may never have a cold sore or an outbreak. Just because you know which type of Herpes virus you have, doesn't mean you know the location of infection. You can have HSV1 on your genitals and HSV2 on your mouth.

      Chicken pox or Varicella is a form of the Herpes virus but is not the same as HSV1 or HSV2. Varicella does remain dormant in the body after the initial outbreak and can laterr manifest itself into shingles. All Herpes viruses are for life but they do not always come out of their latent state and cause on outbreak on the skin.

      To the woman who said her friends baby died of neonatal herpes caused by genital herpes that is extremely rare in this day and age. In fact, of the rare percentage of babies exposed to neonatal herpes most get them from someone with a cold sore. Which is why anyone with an active cold sore is not allowed near a newborn baby unless it is the mother and she must then wear a medical mask when in contact with her baby.

  3. QUESTION:
    I got my blood and urine tested and I tested positive for HSV-1. Can I know if I have oral or genital herpes?
    I got my blood and urine tested and I tested positive for HSV-1. Can I know if I have oral or genital herpes? I tested negative for HSV-2 though. Also, I have never experienced any herpes outbreak. Neither on my face nor on my genital area. Can I know if I have oral or genital herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      Hsv-1 causes 95% of oral herpes infections and 50-70% of new genital herpes infections.

      80% of us have it orally. A fair proportion of us have hsv-1 genitally too - both I and my sister do - but it is still more likely to be an oral infection because more people have it on the mouth than the genitals.

      Since you have never had any symptoms that you remember, and hsv-1 infection without a prior herpes infection is likely to cause some symptoms, that maybe makes it more likely that you have an oral infection caught in early childhood.

      You cannot know for sure, unfortunately.

      If you do have oral hsv-1 rather than genital, hsv-1 is actually more infectious on the mouth - it is it's 'home site'. It is about 5x as infectious as it would be on the genitals.

      Though you never have any symptoms, you will still be infectious for a proportion of the time - the average is about 16% of the time, though it is believed to be less than that if you don't get outbreaks. So you need to be aware that if you have it orally you can still possibly give someone genital herpes if you give them oral sex. My sister's partner gave her genital hsv-1, though he has never had symptoms of oral hsv-1. My boyfriend did have a history of cold sores, but gave me genital herpes by giving me oral sex when he didn''t have any symptoms.

      On the plus side, about 60-80% of adults have hsv-1, depending on your age. Those that do are extremely unlikely to catch it from you.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to spread oral herpes when you have a canker sore on the roof of your mouth?
    I have been tested positive for HSV-1. I had a canker sore while I performed oral sex. Could the guy have gotten genital herpes because of this? I know canker sores are NOT caused by herpes but could the open canker sore transmit the herpes virus?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it's possible. Although they're not the same virus it can turn
      Into genital herpes once it's on the genitals. You should never give oral sex when you have a
      Cold sore and make sure not to touch yourself after touching your cold sore without washing your hands. Canker sores are less likely though.. Those are not exactly herpes. Sometimes those are just from vitamin deficiencies or stress

  5. QUESTION:
    Why is it that people who test positive for HSV-1 never have cold sores or outbreaks?
    I tested positive but have never had cold sores or outbreaks on my genital area. Why is that? Is my immune system working real well, is that why?

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores, which are small and somewhat painful blisters that usually show up on or around a person's lips, are caused by the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1). But they don't just show up on the lips. They can sometimes be inside the mouth, on the face, or even inside or on the nose. These places are the most common, but sores can appear anywhere on the body, including the genital area.

      Genital herpes isn't typically caused by HSV-1; it's caused by another type of the herpes simplex virus called herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) and is spread by sexual contact. But even though HSV-1 typically causes sores around the mouth and HSV-2 causes genital sores, these viruses can cause sores in either place.

      HSV-1 is very common — if you have it, chances are you picked it up when you were a kid. Most people who are infected with the herpes simplex virus got it during their preschool years, most likely from close contact with someone who has it or getting kissed by an adult with the virus.

      Although a person who has HSV-1 doesn't always have sores, the virus stays in the body and there's no permanent cure.

      When someone gets infected with HSV-1, the virus makes its way through the skin and into a group of nerve cells called a ganglion (pronounced: gang-glee-in). The virus moves in here, takes a long snooze, and every now and then decides to wake up and cause a cold sore. But not everyone who gets the herpes simplex virus develops cold sores. In some people, the virus stays dormant (asleep) permanently.

      What causes the virus to "wake up" or reactivate? The truth is, no one knows for sure. A person doesn't necessarily have to have a cold to get a cold sore — they can be brought on by other infections, fever, stress, sunlight, cold weather, hormone changes in menstruation or pregnancy, tooth extractions, and certain foods and drugs. In a lot of people, the cause is unpredictable.

      Here's how a cold sore develops:

      * The herpes simplex virus-1, which has been lying dormant in the body, reactivates or "wakes up."
      * The virus travels toward the area where the cold sore decides to show up (like a person's lip) via the nerve endings.
      * The area below the skin's surface, where the cold sore is going to appear, starts to tingle, itch, or burn.
      * A red bump appears in the area about a day or so after the tingling.
      * The bump blisters and turns into a cold sore.
      * After a few days, the cold sore dries up and a yellow crust appears in its place.
      * The scab-like yellow crust falls off and leaves behind a pinkish area where it once was.
      * The redness fades away as the body heals and sends the herpes simplex virus back to "sleep."

      Cold sores are really contagious. If you have a cold sore, it's very easy to infect another person with HSV-1. The virus spreads through direct contact — through skin contact or contact with oral or genital secretions (like through kissing). Although the virus is most contagious when a sore is present, it can still be passed on even if you can't see a sore. HSV-1 can also be spread by sharing a cup or eating utensils with someone who has it.

      In addition, if you or your partner gets cold sores on the mouth, the herpes simplex virus-1 can be transmitted during oral sex and cause herpes in the genital area.

      Herpes simplex virus-1 also can spread if a person touches the cold sore and then touches a mucous membrane or an area of the skin with a cut on it. Mucous membranes are the moist, protective linings made of tissue that are found in certain areas of your body like your nose, eyes, mouth, and vagina. So it's best to not mess with a cold sore — don't pick, pinch, or squeeze it.

      Actually, it's a good idea to not even touch active cold sores. If you do touch an active cold sore, don't touch other parts of your body. Be especially careful about touching your eyes — if it gets into the eyes, HSV-1 can cause a lot of damage. Wash your hands as soon as possible. In fact, if you have a cold sore or you're around someone with a cold sore, try to wash your hands frequently.

      If they aren't taken care of properly, cold sores can develop into bacterial skin infections. And they can actually be dangerous for people whose immune systems are weakened (such as infants and people who have cancer or HIV/AIDS) as well as those with eczema. For people with any of these conditions, an infection triggered by a cold sore can actually be life threatening.
      How Are Cold Sores Diagnosed and Treated?

      Cold sores normally go away on their own within 7 to 10 days. And although no medications can make the infection go away, prescription drugs and creams are available that can shorten the length of the outbreak and make the cold sore less painful.

      If you have a cold sore, it's important to see your doctor if:

      * you have another health condition that has weakened your immune system
      * the sores don't heal by themselves within 7 to 10 days
      * you get co

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I know I have a herpes outbreak?
    You would know if you had a genital herpes outbreak, right? I mean, it comes with a lot of pain and burning when you urinate? I tested positive for HSV-1, but I have never had a cold sore or an outbreak down there. I was just checking, because now I am paranoid. But, you would just know, right?

    • ANSWER:
      You will certainly know if you are having an outbreak.

      From what I have researched, the symptoms feel like no other.

      I would connect with your doctor or call your insurance company's help line

  7. QUESTION:
    is this True you can catch hiv and herpes at the same time after intercourse?
    back in november i had unprotected sex for the first time in my life. i think like in januAry i started seeing bumps. so on jan 14 i took a HIV and a Hsv test. I tested Positive for Hsv 1 and negative for HIV. the nurse sad that i don,t need to test again unless i have another intercorse again. is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Tested Negative after 8 weeks for HIV is almost conclusive , 90% of people turn positive within 4-6 weeks , but have another test in now you can expect it to be negative

  8. QUESTION:
    When should I tell someone I have oral/genital herpes?
    I have been tested positive for HSV-1 but my breakouts are on my genitals. I am supposed to have a date with someone next week and don't know when I should tell him. What if he kisses me goodnight? I just don't know how or what to tell him. My ex of 8 years cheated on me and I know other people say they live with it, but I don't want to tell a guy on the first date.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't tell him about it on the first date, that may scare him off. Get to know this person, if you want to have a serious relationship then tell him. If he really wants to be with you then you having herpes shouldn't matter to him.
      If you only have HSV on your genitals then you're not going to pass it to him by just kissing him on the mouth. Also don't feel pressured to kiss on the first date, you can tell him that you're old fashioned and don't want to kiss on the first date. If things go well between you then you can talk to him about taking things to the next level and tell him.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a person with genital herpes to never have a symptom but come out positive in a blood test?
    How does that work exactly? What do they test for in the blood? Just antibodies? Do they determine the difference between HSV 1 and HSV 2 antibodies in the blood or can they only do that if there are sores on the genitals?

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1 and 2 are often latent (i.e. silent, symptom-less)infections which only present periodically. These viruses enter the nerve roots and travel up the nerve where they can remain silent in the nucleus for a long time. With each outbreak, they travel down the nerve root and form blisters at the site of innervation.

      The difference between HSV-1 and 2 is a surface molecule to which body produces different antibodies. These can be detected in blood even when the infection is latent and no symptoms are present.

      Also note that genital herpes is usually, but not always, caused by HSV-2. HSV-1 infection can also present as genital ulcerative disease. Only a blood test can determine exactly which virus is causing the symptoms.

  10. QUESTION:
    how accurate is a blood test done for herpes?
    Well I tested positive for HSV 2, I did the test because I had about four miniscule pimples very small and then they popped by themselves no sexual contact or anything just went to sleep and the woke up with four little open wounds. I was very scared and went to the clinic to get blood test and the doctor said it was HSV 2. Now I don't ever recall having these symptoms until now and they were painless and I could ignore it and forget about them. After I was told I left very ashamed and embarrased and for got to ask how accurate it could be or if it could be HSV 1. Also if you do have HSV 2 will your medical insurance go up or be denied and does insurance cover the medicine I will eventually need? So I am very scared and feel so confused can anyone answer my questions?

    • ANSWER:
      If you dont have have immunodeficiency for example AIDS or something likes this it will not be a serious problem for you.
      better to talk with your doc to make some treatment.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between herpesvirus-6,human igg or igm and hsv-1, hsv-2 test.?
    I was tested using the herpesvirus-6,human igg and igm. Doc says neg for herpes. Others say wrong test, that I need the HSV-1 and 2 test done. I AM VERY CONFUSSED. I told my doc my wife tested POS for HSV-1 and HSV-2... WHY WAS I TESTED FOR herpesvirus-6,human igg and igm...

    • ANSWER:
      After being HIV Positive!

      HIV is not something people can nor should they go through alone. To all of us who

      positive stay strong and need people to win this fight, whether it's family, friends or

      a support group, people are the key. stdloving.com is such a free site.

  12. QUESTION:
    Are you allowed to work in the medical field with herpes hsv 1 or 2?
    For the fact that herpes is spread in other ways other than sexual contact, is it possible that if you tested positive while you work in the medical field that you would lose your job? Or does it not matter if you have herpes and work in the medical field?

    • ANSWER:
      No, I dont agree.

  13. QUESTION:
    How accurate are the blood test to find if I have herpes?
    Hi. I will appreciate any help.
    I will get married soon with my girlfriend who is a Herpes suffer. I want to know if I already have the virus.
    I have no symptoms and I would like to read any experience about the blood tests. If the test can be positive with no symptoms.
    Anyone of you r herpes suffers with no symptoms but with a positive blood test in herpes or do I have to wait for the outbreak?
    Thanks for ur answers.

    • ANSWER:
      The old blood test cannot distinguish between HSV-1 and HSV-2, and can give false positives in people who have had the chicken pox.

      HOWEVER, there is a newer blood test offered by Focus Labs called HerpeSelect. You don't need an outbreak to test, and I think it'd be ideal for you, given your situation. It can differentiate beween HSV-1 and HSV-2 and is both highly sensitive and specific. The only drawback is that it costs about 0, often not covered by insurance and is hard to find. But talk to your doctor and your doctor sohuld be able to order the test for you.

      BTW, a study put out be an Italian research group in 2003 (I think, but it may have been more recent) showed that in serodiscordant couples (one has it, the other doesn't), if the herpes-positive partner took cyclovir drugs and both ALWAYS used condoms during sex, the uninfected partner stayed uninfected at a rate of >90%.

      Minus jargon: if you always use condoms and your partner takes her Valtrex, you likely won't be infected.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to detect the differences between hsv type 1 and type 2?
    A few days ago, my best friend asked me to come to the gyno clinic with her for support. She told me that the doctor said she was "exposed to hsv" but she never had any symptoms of what-so-ever. The blood test doesn't detect which type she has and she never had any of the signs. What does that mean?

    • ANSWER:
      I would get further testing. There are tests that differentiate between the two. She either has it or she doesn't. If she has the antibodies she has herpes.

      I found the following information:

      Many of the herpes antibody tests available from health care providers are flawed: they do not accurately distinguish between HSV-1 and HSV-2. In fact, some of these tests will give a positive result for HSV-2 even when you have antibodies to only HSV-1. Others cannot detect HSV-2 antibodies when HSV-1 antibodies are also present. New tests are now available that are accurate. It is important to be sure that the laboratory your doctor uses is utilizing the best tests.

      The new tests detect antibodies to a protein that differs between HSV-1 and HSV-2.

  15. QUESTION:
    If you get tested for an std does the doctor have to tell you as soon as he gets the results?
    I got tested for hsv 1 and 2 and a friend said that if it came back positive they would have to tell me when they got the results to prevent the possible spread to others. is this true? if tested for hiv wouldnt they have to tell me the results as soon as they got them?

    • ANSWER:
      If you tested positive for an STD yes they would have to notify you and prescribe medications as needed. If it is negative, they may or may not contact you.

  16. QUESTION:
    Will genital herpes show up on a blood test required in Cancun to get married?
    We want to get married in Cancun. But on all the websites they want a bloodtest three days prior to our wedding. It also states if you have AIDS or an STD you can't get married in Cancun. I have genital herpes and I'm wondering if this is something that would show up on the blood test. I don't want to find out three days before our wedding that we can't. That would be devastating!

    • ANSWER:
      PLEASE DISREGARD ALL ABOVE POSTS.

      I believe you are asking if herpes will show up on a typical STD bood panel. The short answer is no.

      Here's the long answer FYI. There's a special test for this. They wont find the virus unless they do a seperate test to search for it. New, accurate blood tests are available for both HSV-1 and HSV-2.These tests are called “type-specific.” Non-type-specific tests often confuse these two viral types, giving inconclusive results. Do you really think that Cancun will turn people away because they had mistaken the cold-sore type for the genital type? Nope...

      Here's some more info on STD blood testing from Wiki.

      Most STD tests are blood tests, and are usually performed after symptoms are detected (disease), but may detect asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections. STD tests may test for a single infection, or consist of a number of individual tests for any of a wide range of STIs, including tests for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis and HIV tests. No STD procedure tests for all infectious agents, so it is important to be aware what organisms a given test screens for.

      Also,
      Tests are available (at various costs) for nearly all STIs, though a few currently may only be found by testing specifically for the DNA of the infectious agent, such as HPV. Such recombinant DNA tests are prohibitively expensive and may have unacceptable rates of false negatives or false positives.

      In other words, have a great wedding!

  17. QUESTION:
    What does this herpes blood test result mean?
    Hi, I got this test result from my boyfriend, but it is not very clear here. Does the result means he has both HSV1 and HSV2?

    Ac anti-HSV1 IgG positive 3.6
    Ac anti-HSV2 IgG limit 1.1
    Ac anti-HSV IgM negative <0.8

    thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I have had this test before, and although I am no nurse or doctor or anything, I am a concerned patient. The HSV-1 I learned that if it is over 3.5, then the virus is present-- anything less, should be retested or considered wrong. He does not have HSV-2. It's negative. The HSV-1 is nothing to be concerned about--that type of herpes viral infection likes to live around the mouth area (cold sores). I would say that he should get retested though--the results seem unclear.

  18. QUESTION:
    what does it mean when you test positive for a herpes antibiotic i the blood?
    is this herpes?
    is it not?
    is it the genital kind or just means you are susceptible to core sores?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you wanted to say "herpes antibodies in the blood" because antibiotics are a type of medication.

      "Herpetic stomatitis is an extremely common infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). The pathogen is transmitted from person to person most often by kissing. By middle life over 75% of the population has been infected".

      Herpes antibodies in the blood mean that you were once exposed to it. Some people will get the painful sores and some people don't get it. It depends on your immune system. If you have have active painful sores, your doc can take some of the fluid and do a Tzanck test to see if its type I or type II herpies. Usually type I is upstairs and type II is downstairs, but they can switch places.

  19. QUESTION:
    I have been diagnosed with chlamydia but had a negative test in June 2006. Can you have a negative test when?
    the STD is dormant (no symptoms) or will it be positive. I am in a manogamous relationship (I think) and I know I havnt done anything outside of us. My partner thinks its from his ex who had problems and it has stayed dormant in him and he has passed it on to me. But would that test have been negative? We have obviously been together since my negative test which is now positive. Help immediately please.

    • ANSWER:
      Be careful using the word dormant around here; people think it means dormant from testing, which is HIGHLY unlikely to happen.
      You had a chlamydia test in 6/06, in which you started a relationship with your partner so there is a possibly of three things.
      1) The disease could be asymptomatic with him (he should be tested anyway period) and depending on when he had sex with his ex before having sex with you, he could have transmitted it to you.
      2) If you aren't fooling around, then he is fooling around. Depending on why you got tested, (meaning symptoms) - if you are just now experiencing symptoms I would be alittle suspisous especially after a year.
      3) You could of had a false positive (which is more likely to happen than a false negative.) but this also depends on the type of testing your doctor did. If it was a NAAT test (urine/swab) then I would consider the test reliable seeing it has a 95% rate comparable to the older testing which would miss the infection by 30%.

      However, to your question - NO, you cannot have a negative test if you are showing no symptoms (asymptomatic). An Infection is an infection whether you show symptoms or not, so it will show up on a test. Chlamydia isn't a disease that lies dormant in the system from testing just because you may have no outward signs. The only disease that can lay dormant even from testing are:
      HPV and HSV (herpes)

      With herpes you can test via blood, yet it is expensive, doctors don't put much faith in the testing AND most people test positive for HSV-1 (coldsores).

      If your partner had sex close to or right before he got with you, yes, I could see where you might not have got infected yet. However, he should or needs to be tested as well and get treated even if he shows a negative testing. Chlamydia has been known to clear itself out of the system.

      Good Luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    Herpes test results interpretation, should I get additional testing?
    My test results just came back and they were HSV-1 IgG =1.3 Positive and HSV-2 IgG 1.2 Positive. I had cold sores as a child and my partner is HSV-2 IgG - 3.5 and negative for HSV-1, what is the possibility that I had a false positive reaction.

    • ANSWER:
      you have circulating antibodies to both hsv-1(oral) and hsv-2 (genital). your partner has hsv-2 also, but no hsv-1 antibodies. looks like you both probably have genital herpes by the results you have posted here. I highly doubt it was a false postive, these are pretty sophisticated test, but if in doubt, ask for a repeat test

  21. QUESTION:
    Doctors please help me interpret HSV 1 and HSV 1 IGG test results?
    So first let me start off and say my doctor said they were negative but my results for HSV 1 IGG were .24 and for type 2 it was.10. If it was negative what are these numbers? I'm confused!

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.medhelp.org/posts/STDs/Negative-on-HSV-2-IgG-test-023but-Positive-on-HSV-2-IgM-test-confused/show/247236

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a woman to develop type 1 herpes through non sexual contact?
    I have been seeing a woman for a year now we started having sex right away, after about six months she was found to have type 1 herpes (very small outbreaks), I was tested and my results were negative, she swears she has not been with anyone else since she started dating me. Is it possible that the virus can lay dormant for a specific amount of time then outbreaks occur, or am I just a fool to believe her?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is possible for a woman to acquire HSV-1 herpes through non-sexual contact. HSV-1 is commonly found in the mouth region, but a person with HSV-1 on the mouth can transmit it to the genital region of a partner if providing any type of oral sex.

      HSV-1 genital infections are often less painful and result in far fewer outbreaks (a few if any on average). HSV-1 prefers the mouth region........in the genital region it is a bit outisde its comfort zone. As a result it causes less disease, and is less infectious than HSV-2 herpes which finds itself at home in the genital region.

      If you have had a coldsore/fever blister before on your mouth, your immune system would most likely not allow for you to get ANOTHER HSV-1 infection on another part of your body. So, if you ask for 'HSV type-specific serology' and it comes back that you are positive for HSV-1 (it only detects the presence of HSV, not the location of the infection) I wouldn't worry too much about acquiring HSV-1 genital infection.

      Contrary to a prior answer:

      Herpes in the genital region (regardless of where the person was first infected) can re-occur anywhere in the 'boxer short area". When HSV lies dormant it travels up the branched nerve endings in the area and when reactivated can travel down the branch any which way it sees fit causing an outbreak (or just viral shedding with no outbreak)

      And.....herpes has so many possible expressions and outbreaks are different for everyone. It is very common for people to present differently with herpes. >90% of people with HSV-2 are unaware of their infection (or have rationalized their symptoms as 'something else').

      You are not a fool to believe her. It is not unheard of for someone to present with what they think is their first outbreak and in actuality they have had the disease for years.

  23. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have HSV IgM detected in my blood work?
    I recently went for my yearly physical and asked for STD testing. I tested negative (nonreactive) for both HSV1 and HSV2, so i do not understand why this is 1:10 (high).

    The doctor says it may mean recent exposure. But i've never had any kind of sores. I also read this test also comes as a false positive often.

    Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Well in the early stages you would not have had sores yet. If your exposure is recent you most likely will have an outbreak sometime in the near future. Or it could be a false positive like you said.

  24. QUESTION:
    What does an IgG and IgW Blood test, test for? Is this the same blood work run on a Standard STD?
    Could these tests have been missed on a standard screening? I have a friend who is pregnant and was told her was exposed VERY recently to the herpes virus. She is faithful to her partner, and is trying to do some homework before she comfronts him about it.

    Also, is there something else that could cause this test to test positive for herpes and not really have it?

    • ANSWER:
      The IgM (not IGW) test is often used to detect herpes and other viruses--but it is not reliable and often confuses antibodies to previous cases of chickenpox, mono, Epstein-Barr, etc., for the other sexually-transmitted herpes viruses (HSV-1-oral herpes/cold sores, and HSV-2-genitla herpes). If the doctor got a "hit" on the IgM test, they may have also used the sample to run the IgG test (below) to double-check the results.

      The second test, the IgG "type-specific" herpes blood test can tell you which "type" of the virus you have (HSV-1/HSV-2) and whether you are infected. It specifically identifies HSV-1 (oral herpes/cold sores) as well as HSV-2 (genital herpes). It would not be uncommon for your friend to show positive test results for HSV-1, since about 80% of the population tests positive for it. (The test cannot tell you, though, if you have cold sores on your lips--or on your genitals, passed there by oral sex.)

      These tests are NOT INCLUDED in the standard STD testing--they are extra. The doctor wants to know prior to birth whether your friend is infected so she can protect the baby by giving your friend antiviral meds beforehand. Also, many people are totally asymptomatic (show NO symptoms) for herpes, so it could be that she's been infected all along and did not know it.

      I'm enclosing a source doc for her to read--it is the Herpes Handbook. If she does NOT have HSV-1 (oral herpes/cold sore) according to her test results, then she is infected with HSV-2 (genital herpes). In either case, this free book (not spam) will answer her questions, including questions about testing, pregnancy, etc.

      Hope this helps!

  25. QUESTION:
    Is oral herpes always detectable in your mouth?
    I thought I had oral heroes and I got my mouth and that swabbed.. And the test came back negitive :/ is oral herpes always detectable in your mouth? Or can it only be detected when your having an oral break out?

    • ANSWER:
      The question is two-fold. Oral Herpes (HSV-1) is basically the same virus as the virus that causes genital herpes with the exception of the location on the body where it likes to live. So the testing protocol is the same. In order to have an accurate diagnosis you will have to have a swab test conducted during an active outbreak. False positives are rare when done this way.

      On the other hand, in the absence of an outbreak the swab test is extremely inaccurate and provides a lot of false negatives.

      This doesn't mean that all is lost in between outbreaks. If you suspect that you've had HSV for at least 3 months then a herpes blood test is the way to go.

      Speak to your doctor about setting you up for a herpes blood test or try out one of the many online testing centers.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to get tested for herpes if you've never had a herpes symptom?
    I'm slightly paranoid about STDs and I wanted to know if there was a blood test or something that tells you if you have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. The IgG type-specific herpes blood test will tell you if you have herpes and which "type" you have--HSV-1 (oral herpes/cold sores) or HSV-2 (genital herpes).

      Don't be surprised if you turn up positive for HSV-1. Some 80% of people test positive for it, and 90% do by age 50. Oral herpes can be transmitted to the genitals via oral sex, which constitutes the largest number of new herpes cases today.

  27. QUESTION:
    Are people with hsv1 genitally and orally obligated to tell future partners?
    I've done a lot of research and I have seen literature that said a lot of people have hsv1 orally and they don't even know it, and their going about their life's as normal and they don't have anything to tell their partners so why should people who know they have hsv1 say anything? I agree with that saying. I also believe two partners should get tested together and they can see each others herpes status before sexual activity.

    • ANSWER:
      They go about their life normal--because they ARE normal!

      Herpes is NOT a reportable disease for the CDC or state health departments. Why? Because so many people are already infected with it. Up to 80% of the people in the US currently test positive for HSV-1, 56% of teens do, and by age 50, fully 90% of the population tests positive.

      It is NOT the critical, life-altering problem people like to make it out to be! With today's antiviral medications, cold sores AND genital herpes can be controlled and the meds also can reduce the transmission of the virus to others.

      For example, you can reduce the chance of transmitting genital herpes to a partner to just 1% a YEAR by:
      Taking antiviral meds
      Him wearing a condom
      Avoiding sex during an outbreak and for 3-5 days after.

      You run more risk contracting HPV or another STD than herpes with that transmission rate!

      There are couples who have been married for 15 years or more--and by simply avoiding sex during outbreaks have NEVER become infected themselves.

      Chill. You're making this more important than it needs to be in your life.

  28. QUESTION:
    If you test positive for Herpes will you automatically test positive for cmv??
    I know I test positive for Herpes I-I've had a cold sore, and I know I don't have Herpes II. But if you have the Herpes virus in your system will you automatically test positive for cytomegalovirus as well? I know they are in the same family but don't know if you can test positive for HSV I and negative for CMV?

    • ANSWER:
      They are the same virus family, but completely different viruses, so no, if you had herpes 1 or 2, you would not automatically test positive for cmv.

      CMV and herpes 1/2 are as different as mono and chicken pox, which are also members of the herpes virus family. None of them can be confused for any of the others on a test.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do you get tested for oral HSV 2?
    I know that for herpes tests they take blood and tell you if you have type 1, 2, or both, but if the results come back that you have hsv 2, how can you tell if you have it orally or not?
    I do not have any symptoms at all. I just want to know if the hsv 2 is oral or genital.

    • ANSWER:
      Morgan, although 80% of oral herpes in type 1, about 20% is type 2 from genital contact origin. If your blood test is positive only for hsv 2, and you want to know if you have oral hsv 2, then , IF there is any "lesion" of your lips or in the mouth, a simple smear on a slide which is sent to the lab and stained will show diagnostic lesions of herpes (type not specified) which you can confidently assume is type 2 since that is the only one identified on your blood test. Most likely you do have now or will at some future time have oral hsv 2 as that is the nature of sexual contacts. Most adults will have herpes infections in their lives, each future infection being less severe than the one(s) in the past.

  30. QUESTION:
    How accurate is the blood test for distinguishing between type One and type Two Herpes?

    it is not 100% accurate ever heard of false positives can a doctor answer the ? please

    • ANSWER:
      Not a doctor, but that doesn't mean I don't know what's up.

      HerpeSelect is the strain-specific herpes test used most often in the US. It is made by Focus Labs. Here is the info sheet http://www.focusdx.com/techsheets/HSV1_2TypeSpecific.pdf The answer to your question is located on page 2.

      In general, the immunoblot version of the test is more sensitive and more specific (both ratings of certain measures of validity) than the ELISA test. But in both ELISA and immunoblot, the test is more sensitive than it is specific.

      That means it casts a wider net and catches more cases, however that means it gets some false positives, too. For example, in tests on pregnant women, the sensitivity of the HSV-2 test was 100%, but the specificity was only 96.1% (still a damn good score, actually). 100% sensitivity means it picked up all the true cases, but 96% specificity means it missed 4% of true *negatives*.

      I hope this is good enough for your purposes because I don't want to go into PVPs and NVPs.

      Anyway, it's okay to be a little more sensitive than specific for herpes. Herpes, in the scope of all diseases, is not that huge a deal and you can always test again for verification. It's not as if a positive test is going to get you quarantined nor cause doctors to drag you into emergency surgery (in which circumstances, it's better to be really specific).

      And if you were wondering about corss reactivity between the two, I'd go with immunoblot as it is an antibody-specific test that requires pretty accurate matches for binding.

  31. QUESTION:
    how do you know if u have herpes and never had symptoms and your blood test is negative?
    like i dont know if i have herpes i mean i just took a test and came out negative for herpes simplex 2 but what if i have it ?i dont want to transmitted anywhere else in my body what should i do? how do i know i dont have it for sure is there like a way? im thinking of testing myself in a month and then in 4 months if i have herpes i should have a sign of it right?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to be specific about WHICH blood test you are using. The IgM is notoriously bad at detecting the TYPE of herpes you have, because it often confuses chickenpox, mono, Epstein-Barr infections with two other TYPES: HSV-1 (oral herpes) and HSV-2 (genital herpes).

      IF you took the IgG type-specific herpes blood test (which tells you which "type" herpes you have), then you will get a valid test result by about 3 months post-exposure. (If you test positive for HSV-1, it may show positive--but it can be either an oral OR a genital infection.) The antibodies can show up anywhere between 2 weeks-4 months after exposure, depending on how efficient your own immune system is at fighting the virus. Typically, a result at 3 months after your suspected exposure or last sexual experience can be relied on.

      And, NO, some people do not have symptoms. Know a person who just tested positive through a routine STD test (2 tests!) and has yet to have any physical or visual symptoms of the virus.

      Check out the source for more info on testing processes.

      Hope this helps!

  32. QUESTION:
    What would this score on the herpes test tell you? 10 points best answer?
    Test:
    HSV, IgM I/II Combination

    Result:
    1.17

    Flag:
    High

    The doctor said he's not positive if it is or not but he's 5 points off from being positive. What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, it would not matter WHAT the test said. Why? Because the IgM is NOT type specific, meaning it does not tell you WHICH "type" of the herpes virus you are infected with--HSV-1 (oral herpes) OR HSV-2 (genital herpes). And since about 80% of the population tests positive for HSV-1 (cold sores), the IgM is NOT giving you any info in regard to STD status.

      Further, the IgM is positively NOTORIOUS for giving both false negative and false positive herpes test results. It also has a problem with confusing chickenpox, mono, and Epstein-Barr antibodies as herpes--and it is NOT recommended as a diagnostic tool for that reason.

      Ask your doctor to retest you using the IgG type-specific herpes blood test--or go to a clinic in your area for one. (If you ask for an STD test, it will NOT automatically be included--you MUST ask for the test!)

      The IgG is the one recommended for detecting herpes because it is "type specific," meaning it will tell you whether you have HSV-1 OR HSV-2--and will give you numbers for both of them. IF you are infected, you will show antibodies for herpes 2 weeks-4 months following exposure to the virus. Because some people take longer to develop antibodies than others, in general a test taken 3 months AFTER exposure to the virus is reliable.

      Of course, if you have an outbreak, then the easiest way to test is a viral culture of the sore--taken 24-48 hours of the sore appearing. That is the FASTEST way to get a diagnosis!

      For info on testing, check out the Herpes Handbook link I'm enclosing--it's NOT spam, it's free, and pay particular attention to the symptoms/diagnosis/TESTING part of the manual!

  33. QUESTION:
    What would this score on the herpes test tell you? 10 points best answer?
    Test:
    HSV, IgM I/II Combination

    Result:
    1.17

    Flag:
    High

    The doctor said he's not positive if it is or not but he's 5 points off from being positive. What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, it would not matter WHAT the test said. Why? Because the IgM is NOT type specific, meaning it does not tell you WHICH "type" of the herpes virus you are infected with–HSV-1 (oral herpes) OR HSV-2 (genital herpes). And since about 80% of the population tests positive for HSV-1 (cold sores), the IgM is NOT giving you any info in regard to STD status.

      Further, the IgM is positively NOTORIOUS for giving both false negative and false positive herpes test results. It also has a problem with confusing chickenpox, mono, and Epstein-Barr antibodies as herpes–and it is NOT recommended as a diagnostic tool for that reason.

      Ask your doctor to retest you using the IgG type-specific herpes blood test–or go to a clinic in your area for one. (If you ask for an STD test, it will NOT automatically be included–you MUST ask for the test!)

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some important things to know about genital herpes?
    I met someone who recently told me they had genital herpes, I'm fine with it. But I just want to know the important aspects of the STD so I can best protect myself.
    You're stupid, get a life.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, let's deal with FACTS, which I'm sure you want to know!

      You can reduce the chances of becoming infected to just 1% PER YEAR by:
      -Her taking antiviral suppressive therapy (like acyclovir)
      -You wearing a condom
      -Avoiding sex during an outbreak and for 3-5 days after.

      Your chances of becoming infected with HSV-1 (oral herpes) via oral sex from someone who is infected but shows no symptoms is even higher, because about 80% of the people in the US have oral herpes, 56% of teens do, and by age 50, 90% test positive! FAR FEWER people have genital herpes-HSV-2!

      Now, in reality the chance of becoming infected is LESS than it would be in the regular dating world where people are NOT inclined to tell you their STD status! Further, a lot of people do have herpes--and never have any symptom whatsoever that they are infected. In fact, a friend recently learned he was infected with genital herpes--and has never had any outbreaks or symptoms whatsoever.

      There are MANY couples who have been married for 15 years or more and the partner is STILL negative for herpes!

      I'm enclosing a couple of sources for you that will shoot straight: 1) The Herpes Handbook produced by the Westover Heights STD Clinic. GREAT info on risks and prevention. NOT spam--totally free!

      The other links I'm enclosing are for Shut Up And Post, a community for those with herpes and other STDs--and partners! It is monitored by "yoshi," a US mom who has been married for over 15 years and her husband is STILL HSV-free! It's ALSO free--not spam--and you will find LOTS of people in long-term relationships and married to HSV-positive folks! There are also medical folks who drop in and answer questions for you as well.

      The first Shut Up and Post link is for the message board--sign up ANONYMOUSLY, cruise the message boards on topics you need to know, and post questions of your own...you can even send e-mails. The THIRD link is for the front page to Shut Up and Post, quick info and stories that will help answer a lot of your questions and relieve some of your reservations. Your girlfriend may find the info helpful, too!

      Hope this helps!

  35. QUESTION:
    will taking acyclovir affect the outcome of the blood test?
    1 year ago i went to the ER for a really bad friction burn i got after sex. the ER determined i had herpes by just looking at it. they gave me a shot on my bum and gave me a prescription for acyclovir. i had to take it 5 times a day for 10 days. i took a blood test for herpes 3 days after taking acyclovir. would that have created antibodies for herpes? i haven't had a friction burn or an "outbreak" since.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, let me get this straight. You had some burning lesions after sex. You went to see a doctor. You took acyclovir. Then you got test for HSV. Your tests came back positive. You think acyclovir may have caused a false positive?

      Assuming I read your story right, then...
      1. Acyclovir would NOT artificially cause your body to make antibodies to HSV.
      2. Acyclovir would NOT induce a false positive test result.
      3. Burning rash plus positive test indicate HSV infection. So yes, I'd say you have HSV.

      The first outbreak is always the worst unless your immune system fails later on (impaired immunity causes more severe symptoms in any illness). Many people have one outbreak and never get them again. And many more never had outbreaks at all, but were still contagious without symptoms.

      I think it's time to have a talk with your doctor as well as your sexual partner. Herpes is not the horrific pox people make it out to be. It's not fun, but it's manageable. The worst part is psychosocial -- people freak out about the diagnosis, partners freak out, there's an acute fear of rejection and so forth. But HSV is really common (1 in 5 adults has it), and most of them lead really fulfilling sex lives and many of them have great and healthy relationships.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to not get herpes after a year of sleeping with someone infected?
    i've been in a relationship with someone the last year (friends for 4). we stopped using protection almost immediatley. Fast forward a year n my significant other finally admitted that they have had herpes for a few years now.. Ive never noticed anything on them n ive never shown symptoms of anything. Is it at all possible to have been with someone HSV positive unprotected for a year and to not have caught it?

    • ANSWER:
      He would have had to have had herpes while you were together in order to have any chance of giving it to you. If you haven't had any signs or symptoms by now then chances are you're probably fine. Herpes usually starts to show symptoms about 1-3 weeks after you contract it. It's not too common to have herpes lie dormant for that long after contracting it. It is possible to not contract herpes from some one that has it. But you may want to get checked out and have a test done for herpes to be sure. Getting tested is the best way to find out if you have herpes or not.

  37. QUESTION:
    I was tested HSV1 & 2 negative half a month later after I sexed with my fiancee. Still any threats?
    He is HSV 1&2 both positive. I was tested HIV negative too(half month when sexed with him), but in how long shall I test again and how long does it take to ensure 100% safe? I heard its one year after you sex with HIV suspects. True?

    • ANSWER:
      He should still use a condom and be on antiviral medication. You have a small chance of contracting it at any time from him even when he doesn't have an out break. You're never 100 percent safe. But kudos to you for not contracting it, just goes to show you that not every one gets herpes from some one that has it. But keep getting tested regularly (every 3-6 months should be enough) so you know your status, you could one day end up getting it from him.

  38. QUESTION:
    How long does it take herpes to take place?
    Okay so my girlfriend gave me oral sex 3 days ago, and she's claiming she has a coldsore on her lips as of 2 days ago. Is this possible it can be herpes? Or is it a normal everyday coldsore?

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores and oral herpes is the same thing. It is very possible it is indeed oral herpes as 80% of people have the virus (even if they don't ever show symptoms). Often times you get it from kissing a relative as a kid or sharing a drink with a friend. And oral herpes can be spread to the genitals through oral sex, but it may take days to years to ever show symptoms. Worse, you can get tested for herpes, but you will only know which strain. Most of the time oral herpes is HSV-1 and genital herpes is HSV-2. But you can get HSV-1 of the genitals from your situation and being tested will only show you have the HSV-1 virus, not where the virus is dormant. If you test positive, it could mean you have oral herpes or it could mean you have HSV-1 of the genitals. If you develop blisters on your genitals, see your doctor as the doctor can then test the blisters for the strain.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is this recurring skin and mouth problem when I was clean of STDs?
    I recently got tested for every STD, herpies blood test, HIV, syphallis, ghonarrhea etc. All were negative. However I have this problem that is strikingly similar to an STD problem. It occurs every 1 or 2 months and its the same exact symptoms each time with the same amount of healing time.

    I usually get red bumps, very similar to acne or pimples near my lips, around my mouth (never happened until recently, real pimples are usually around my forehead or cheeks). They are hard to suppress using medicated creams (benzoyl peroxide, salycilic acid). They dont pop or discharge anything, however once I was able to sqeeze out a clear yellow liquid.

    The other symptom are these tiny white bumps on my tongue. Once thought to be swollen taste buds as said by my doctor, but now the bumps are appearing right under the tip of my tongue where tastebuds usually arn't and usually spread (1 to 4 bumps at a time). They are painful like canker sores but do not look like craters.
    I had a culture done on one of the red bumps a while ago and it came back negative for herpes. I was also negative for the herpes bloodwork. So what you're saying is, I might have some type of herpes which isnt HSV-1 or HSV-2 but it is causing these sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes test usually only tests positive if you have the symptoms during the test. So if you are out getting blood tests for it, it is a waste in my opinion.

      90% of people over 21 in the usa will test positive for a form of herpes in their blood. They don't tell you in your results because it isnt the strand of HSV-1 or HSV-2. I worked in a blood lab during college, so believe me. :)

      You should get a swab test done on those sores when they are there. Especially the ones outside of your mouth that have that liquid.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can some people with genital herpes go their whole lives without having an outbreak or symptoms?
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      A widow of 80 was recently diagnosed with genital herpes. Her ONLY sexual partner was her husband--who had died over 20 years earlier. And yet she suddenly had the first outbreak of genital herpes in her entire life.

      It is sort of like HSV-1 (oral herpes). Many people are infected and never know it until they are tested for the herpes virus. An acquaintance (a man) was recently diagnosed with HSV-2 (genital herpes), took the test three times to ensure it was correct, and has NEVER had an outbreak at all.

      Often, people who do have herpes may have a few very minor symptoms that can be confused with other genital issues--then never have another outbreak their entire lives.

      The ONLY way to know for sure whether you are infected is to take the IgG type-specific herpes test, which detects both oral AND genital herpes. The test is taken 2 weeks-4 months after exposure to the virus. Generally, a test taken at the 3-month mark will result in a RELIABLE diagnosis.

      (Remember, though, ORAL herpes can be spread to the genitals via oral sex, so if you test positive, it can be either on the lips--OR genitals. HSV-2 (genital herpes) rarely transmits to the mouth.)

  41. QUESTION:
    Can it be possible to get hsv after been married for 3 yrs?
    I had fun before getting married but my paps always came back normal. I also had a baby in July 2008 and I was blood tested for this and the results were negative. Can it be possible my husband was a carrier the whole time we were together and he started shedding the virus and passed it to me, or did he cheat. He swares he havent cheated, he got a hernia surgery and eversince this surgery his body havent been the same and thats when I was diagnosed with hsv1.

    • ANSWER:
      Well the hernia surgery could of set off an outbreak for him!That outbreak could of been his first outbreak. I tested for herpes on jan 16th & i tested positive on jan 23 for type 2. My antibodies were very high. So that means i was infected 3 months prior to that. Now i had no idea i had it. No symtems or nothing. Its possible he carried it & passed it onto u. I would have him test to. But see the thing is its type 1. I had type 1 six months ago. I have no idea where i got that either. Type 1 you can get from kissing. He could of gotten this from his parents if all we know. Now if it was type 2 herpes you got from his then yes i think he was cheating. Do you have type 1 on your vagina?Then yes its possible that a girl gave him a bj & she had a cold sore and spread it to him that way. Then u had sex with him and caught it on your vagina.

      If u want go check out my yahoo answers profile & my 360 blogs. I got alot of info on type 1 & 2 herpes & it explains on each type & how people catch it!

  42. QUESTION:
    How much of a big deal is HSV-1?
    I have just gotten my results today and stated i was positive for 5.00 HSV-1. I'm still a little skeptic because i had one symptom of rash on my penis and i know it was Chlamydia because the girl i had sexual relations said she had it. I tested negative for Chlamydia so i am a little confused!
    Since i have HSV-1 how bad is it really? Is it really common or should i really be mad. Mixed emotions here..

    • ANSWER:
      Been having any oral sex lately?

      The high numbers indicate that you have a rather recent infection (numbers decline over time), so you need to take a look at your recent sexual activities and the people you've been involved with. The highest rate of HSV-1 (oral herpes) infections in teens today is the virus being transmitted to the genitals via oral sex.

      Since chlamydia isn't usually associated with a rash on the penis--you probably had herpes all along which explains why you tested negative for chlamydia and positive for herpes.

      How bad is it? Bad news, there is no cure--but there is medication to control it.

      IF you are only infected with oral herpes (cold sores/fever blisters) you just treat the symptoms. You can take an antiviral (acyclovir) if you have a serious case--just be sure you never touch a sore and then another part of your body--it can cause blindness if it gets in your eyes. Avoid kissing anyone if you have an outbreak (but it can be transmitted via invisible "virus shedding" as well).

      IF you have HSV-1 in the genitals, you will probably suffer fewer outbreaks over the years--and may decline to none (just like HSV-2). BUT that does not mean you cannot transmit the disease--it simply means your body is controlling the outbreaks.. You now have an INCURABLE STD that you can transmit to others.

      You can reduce the chance of transmission to just 1% each year by:
      1) ALWAYS using a condom
      2) DO NOT have sex when you have an outbreak or feel the signs (tingling, numbness, burning, itching) of on coming on.
      3) TAKE antivirals (acyclovir is MUCH cheaper than what the doctor is going to prescribe initially (usually Valtrex--about 0!)--you have to tell him you want generic acyclovir available at Walmart/KMart/Target/Walgreens for for 90 day supply. Generic does the SAME thing!

      You also need to be sexually responsible from now on and tell your partner if you are infected. They need to know the risk--and you need to prevent transmitting it to innocent people.

      I'm including a link to THE gold standard for herpes information produced by the Westover Heights Clinic. Also, I'm including the link to a FREE support group for herpes and other STDs/STIs you may find useful. Join and ask questions on the open message board! (These are NOT spam/phishing sites like some other stuff posted on Yahoo--they are real sites that help people like you.)

  43. QUESTION:
    Can my husband get the genital herpes if I gave him oral sex and had a fever blister?
    I've had a fever blister/cold sore for about 3 days ! Is my husband going to get genital herpes?
    How will I know if he got it?

    How long does it take to show up?

    Do you get a blood test to confirm?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. 50%+ of genital herpes infections are now caught that way these days, through receiving oral sex from someone that gets fever blisters... it is very common.

      80% of people have oral herpes (aka fever blisters) and those that do aren't at all likely to catch the same virus genitally. So it is more than likely that your husband has the same virus as you on his mouth already, and if he has he is very unlikely to catch it genitally this way.

      If he DOESN'T already have hsv-1 orally, and you gave him oral sex while you had a fever blister, he is at a very high risk of getting genital herpes, but even so it isn't definite. Symptoms would probably show in aorund 4 days, 2 weeks max. They can include soreness and blistering along with a flu-like fever.

      He can get a blood test if he doesn't develop symptoms, to see if he has it or not, but if he had just caught it the anitbodies wouldn't show in his bloodwork for at least 3 months. If he had a positive bllod test now it would indicate an old infection, probably an oral one like yours.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can my newborn baby is infected with Genital Herpes virus?
    On 28th August my wife who is a carrier of HSV II virus, delivered a baby. Apparantly the baby does not have any problem. If the baby's blood showed IGg as positive(IGg=1.1) does it mean that the baby's IGg is positive because the baby produced antibodies for his mother's infection. Does it also convey the fact that the baby is not infected with the virus? Gynacologist told that the baby is healthy and having no problem. Any doctors should answer?

    • ANSWER:
      for the first 6 months of life the baby has IgGs transferred passively from the mother (the baby was not infected, and is not producing the antibody her/himself). sounds like the baby is doing fine. I'm not sure what kind of doc would even run the IgG test since it has no meaning in that situation.

  45. QUESTION:
    What are ten reasons to avoid infection with STDs?
    I don't really understand the question. Is it asking for reasons that you can take to avoid STDs or reasons that STD's is dangerson.

    • ANSWER:
      STI's (Sexually Transmitted Infections) (STD's is an outdated term) as one can be infected and infectable without having a symptoms of a disease. Your teacher is probably asking for you to think about why you would really WANT to avoid them, here are some answers. Actually it's a hard question.

      1. STI's can cause death. (HIV is fatal)

      2 STI's can cause non fatal injury. Syphilis can cause life-long disease and significant physical damage.

      3. STI's can lead to cancer. Almost all female Cervical cancer is related to HPV (genital wart virus, aka Human Pappiloma virus. Many throat cancers are now found to be related to HPV.

      4. STI's can be embarassing. Oral sex can lead to either oral HSV-1 or HSV-2 oral outbreaks and so can HPV. They are visible, the HPV can be removed but HSV can only be managed. Can you say Grosssssssss...?

      5. They can affect your life in many ways: Chlamydia can cause PIV (Pelvic inflammatory disease leading to permanent sterility).

      6. Depending on the STI you can become "infective."Gonorrhea can usually be curable, but HIV, HPV in not curable and you become a risk for others.

      7. Because all are avoidable in the first place (except HSV) if you make an effort. Condoms are very good (but not perfect) protection against deadly HIV. If you and your sex partner 2B go to a clinic and get tested, and one has Chlamydia (which is often symptomatic) you can cure it before it spreads to the other person.

      8. They can be expensive. There are meds to reduce the outbreaks of genital herpes. They can be very expensive, especially if you have no insurance.

      9. Because you are smart enough to get off your butt and educate yourself about this stuff before something terrible starts growing inside you...get the point! (Don't take it so hard--it was hard for me to come up with ten good ones--but this is the best!) Get on it! You aren't dumb.

      10. Because it is polite and respectful! Respectful partners wait the proper time (some diseases take many weeks from the last contact to show up positive in a test) and then go and get tested, and are honest with each other.

  46. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of genital herpes?
    What are the warning signs that an outbreak is about to occur and what symptoms are typically experienced during an outbreak?
    (The answer with the most detail will be chosen as the best answer.)

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms include:
      Once exposed to the virus, there is an incubation period that generally lasts 3 to 7 days before a lesion develops. During this time, there are no symptoms and the virus cannot be transmitted to others. An outbreak usually begins within two weeks of initial infection and manifests as an itching or tingling sensation followed by redness of the skin. Finally, a blister forms. The blisters and subsequent ulcers that form when the blisters break, are usually very painful to touch and may last from 7 days to 2 weeks. The infection is definitely contagious from the time of itching to the time of complete healing of the ulcer, usually within 2-4 weeks. However, as noted above, infected individuals can also transmit the virus to their sex partners in the absence of a recognized outbreak.

      Diagnosed by:
      Genital herpes is suspected when multiple painful blisters occur in a sexually exposed area. During the initial outbreak, fluid from the blisters may be sent to the laboratory to try and culture the virus, but cultures only return a positive result in about 50% of those infected In other words, a negative test result from a blister is not as helpful as a positive test result, because the test may be a false-negative test. However, if a sample of a fluid-filled blister (in the early stage before it dries up and crusts) tests positive for herpes, the test result is very reliable. Cultures taken during an initial outbreak of the condition are more likely to be positive for the presence of HSV than cultures from subsequent outbreaks.

      There are also blood tests that can detect antibodies to the herpes viruses that can be useful in some situations. These tests are specific for HSV-1 or HSV-2 and are able to demonstrate that a person has been infected at some point in time with the virus, and they may be useful in identifying infection that does not produce characteristic symptoms. However, because false-positive results can occur and because the test results are not always clear-cut, they are not recommended for routine use in screening low-risk populations for HSV infection.

      Other diagnostic tests such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify the genetic material of the virus and rapid fluorescent antibody screening tests are used to identify HSV in some laboratories.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) IgG and a Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) IgM test?
    When should a IgG test be ordered and when should a IgM test be ordered?

    • ANSWER:
      IgG and IgM are two kinds of antibodies your body produces in response to infection. Usually the IgM antibodies will show up first, followed by the IgG antibodies. The IgG antibodies will show up next, and those hang around for life- which is where you get lifetime immunity to some diseases. The IgM antibodies will disappear after a while, although they may show up again if the HSV reactivates. As a rule, IgM tests are not considered accurate for diagnosing Herpes. IgM antibodies are not really disease specific, and you can't tell if they are present because of an HSV 1 or 2 infection, current or previous. The IgM test can also read false positive in the presence of antibodies for other herpes viral family members- like chicken pox. It's more accurate to specifically test for HSV 1and/or 2 with an assay specifically for HSV IgG. Those tests tend to be quite accurate, within about a month of the onset of symptoms.

  48. QUESTION:
    what causes consistent mouth ulcers? How do you get rid of them?
    I have gotten consistent mouth ulcers now for about 7 to 8 years, i have tried everything to rid myself of them and they will go away for a little bit and then come back again... what causes them and does anyone have any other methods of getting rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Many different things cause mouth ulcers. Smoking, sucking on things lollipops and such, gingivitis, poor oral hygiene, Dryness and of course HSV 1 Herpes Simplex Virus. HSV 2 is the same thing but a different area. If it is HSV well you have what the medical field calls a Hallmark STD. It's the gift that keeps on giving. It's usually non-fatal and could be caused from kissing someone years ago who was an active carrier. There really is no cure. They are anti-viral medications that will lessen the time it takes it disappear so you can't pass it on. I would consult with a Dr and get a blood test for HSV to see if it really is that. The blood test will detect the HSV antibodies in your blood stream if you were exposed to the HSV antigen. If the levels are very high then it's considered a positive result and your doctor will prescribe you an anti-viral. Stress is usually the trigger because it has something to due with your nerve system. If you are having lots of stress in your life and you notice a correlation to the frequency of the out break chances are it's HSV. Instead of a doctor a dentist could probably diagnose the problem and it's a little cheaper than a doctor.

      Good luck with it.

  49. QUESTION:
    How did I contract HSV-1?
    I recently had a culture done and tested positive for HSV-1. I am wondering if someone can give me some insight as to how this could have happened. I am currently sexually active with one partner who has never shown visible signs of HSV-1 orally or genitally.

    Is it possible that she had HSV-1 and spread it to me with no symptoms? Since HSV-1 is typically the oral type of HSV and she has no idea how she would have contracted it in the past, I am confused as to how this happened.

    • ANSWER:
      That is a common one someone when you was little could have had one and kissed you and you got it from them. you do not have to show signs for someone to catch it. they could have thought it was gone when it was still there just a little.

  50. QUESTION:
    If You Already Have Coldsores Are You Immune To New Infections?
    My brother gets one tiny coldsore on his upper lip about three or four times an year. You can barely notice it. He just started dating a girl that told him right away that she is HSV1 positive. HSV1 is the herpes virus that causes cold sores. My bother says it doesn't matter because since he already has a very mild case, he is immune to it. Is he right????

    • ANSWER:
      If partners have the same virus they will not reinfect each other - even on a different part of the body. So, if you have caught it on your genital from your partner’s facial cold sores, he or she will not catch the virus back on the genitals.
      If the new partner has had facial cold sores in the past and they will either have the same virus as you and be unable to catch it from you, or will have the other type (there are only two types of herpes simplex). If they have the other type and then catch you type, their symptoms will probably be slight or non-existent. This is because the antibodies they already have for 'their type' will immediately start fighting this slightly different virus while it prepares new antibodies to fight it properly. It is called having 'patrial protection'. This gives them an advantage over people who have no herpes simplex antibodies of either type. An antibody (blood test) might show that this is the case.

      There are eight human herpesviruses. (Medical texts refer to herpesvirus as one word.) Also, every animal species that has been investigated also has its own herpesvirus. What these viruses all have in common is the ability to hide out in the body without causing symptoms, and then reappear at a later date. The human herpesvirus family includes:

      1. herpes simplex virus type 1 (cold sores and whitlows on fingers and hands, also half new cases of genital herpes)
      2. herpes simplex virus type 2 (genital sores, also sometimes cold sores and whitlows)
      Only 2 herpes simplex Hsv 1 and Hsv 2

      The other viruses caught quite different illnesses. These are:

      3. varicella-zoster virus (also called herpes varicella/chickenpox and herpes zoster/shingles)
      4. Epstein Barr virus (often abbreviated to EBV)
      5. cytomegalovirus (CMV)
      6. human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6)
      7. human herpesvirus 7 (HHV7)
      8. human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8 or it can be called KSHV - see below)

      You do not spread the virus to other parts of your own body after the first episode. Even in new cases the infection is usually limited to one part of the body. Some people will catch it in two places, for instance they may get it on their hands as well since hands can be involved in sexual activitiy. This is called a whitlow. If you have caught it in more than one place, you will notice the symptoms during your first outbreak.

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