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I recently tested positive for Herpes simplex 2 IGG with

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Posted on Sun, 3 Feb 2019
Question: I recently tested positive for Herpes simplex 2 IGG with an index value of 23.6. However my PCR was negative. What does this mean exactly?
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Answered by Dr. Monika Dede (50 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You are infected with the herpes simplex virus 2 .

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome in "Ask a Doctor".
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Having a HSV 2 IgG positive means that you are infected with the herpes simplex virus 2 .

The only reliable blood test for HSV2 is IGG HSV 2 test that needs 3-6 months to turn positive after exposure because it takes 3-6 months for your body to make IgG antibodies in response to an infection.

Hope I have answered your query.
Feel free to ask me further.
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I recently tested positive for Herpes simplex 2 IGG with

Brief Answer: You are infected with the herpes simplex virus 2 . Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome in "Ask a Doctor". I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Having a HSV 2 IgG positive means that you are infected with the herpes simplex virus 2 . The only reliable blood test for HSV2 is IGG HSV 2 test that needs 3-6 months to turn positive after exposure because it takes 3-6 months for your body to make IgG antibodies in response to an infection. Hope I have answered your query. Feel free to ask me further.