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Do you have any outbreaks of herpes such as blisters with clear fluid
No. No outbreaks
Then you have an elevated IgG - all this means if that you have had Herpes for some time - but WHEN you got who knows
You might have gotten it when you where a child - that is common too - such as a kiss from your relatives, parents, etc...
I've never had an outbreak or any sort of prodome symptom. There is much literature on false positives
Okay - Well here is the thing
IgG will be positive in about 80% of the public
And, MOST never have an outbreak
All this means is that you have been exposed to HSV and that is all - you have it dormant in your body
So fairly simple
And, nothing to really be concerned about
But yet I can pass it on to someone, so it is something to be concerned about.
It is possible - but like I said 80% of the public has been exposed, and MOST never have outbreaks
So, this really is not something we get concerned about when IgG is positive, it really is not
Why does my gynocologist seem to think it's something to be concerned about then?
Well your gyn does not understand the literature then
Many doctors WRONGLY get this blood test - and honestly it is not a test that should be done because of what I just said
because 80% of people will be positive - so WHY get it then
So.. then I should just ignore this and go on living a normal life? Never disclosing to my potential partners?
The literature says do not get this test
Yes, LIVE your lifve
ENJOY your LIFE
forget the test
Are you even a real doctor? This is some BS advice.
Yes, I am a Board Certified Ob/Gyn in the US
The ACOG literature - American College of Ob/Gyn literature specifically says there is no reason to get the HSV blood tests
That is NOT how HSV should be tested for
So this means nothing, and my GYN is wrong, and I dont actually have herpes?
I've been a doctor for close to 20 years
How should it be tested for?
Only if a lesion is developed?
Yes, your doctor needs to read the literature on HSV -
it is in the ACOG Compendium
If a lesion develops you get a culture
NOT a blood test
Your doctor did not do the right thing I am sorry to say
Ok, so then I dont have to worry about infecting someone even though the literature also says that many people can live life asymptomatic even if they're infected
If you were dating me and I told you this, you'd still be willing to have sex with me? Im not really believing you.
There are ACOG Practice bulletins on HSV that your doctor should read - these are only available to those who actually pay the ACOG dues
No, do not worry about this since you have NOT had any outbreaks
You are only symptomatic when you have outbreaks (when you feel burning, stinging and then an outbreak occurs).
I hope this helps
Thank you for your questions
You can go to the Center for Disease Control website www.cdc.gov and check into this too.
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