HSV-2 diagnostic, false positive?
I have never had (or never noticed) physical signs of genital herpes unless a possible ingrown hair would indicate herpes, but never a blister and nothing ever lasted more than a couple days
I dont recall ever having cold sores as a child but i assumed HSV-1 would be positive due to the high prevalence
I receive a phone call from the urgent care clinic. He said I was positive for both HSV's I asked to have the results sent to me so i could have a hand copy for various reasons.
Through research online of HSV blood samples and I came to the conclusion though they are a great in conjunction with symptoms but they do pose the possibility of error.
Today; I received the hand copy of the results and was confused to the reading of the IgM screening because from my understanding this test is unable to determine whether it is HSV-1 or HSV-2 the results read as;
HSV 1-2 IgG & IgM antibodies
HSV 1 IGM - NEGATIVE
HSV 2 IGM - POSITIVE
HSV 2 IgM Ab Titer 1:20 AB <1:20 (what does this mean?)
HSV 1 IgG antibodies >5.00 H <.90
HSV-2 IgG antibodies .16 <.90
Index Values for HSV-1 and HSV-2 antibodies
So should I assume that the IGM test was a false positive for HSV-2 being that i have had chicken pox before and the fact I am HSV-1 positive for the antibodies both which can cause cross re activity for the IgM test. Along with having extremely low HSV-2 IgG antibodies. ".16 compared to positive being >1.10. or should i assume ive been infected resently