Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
192 Doctors are Online

Torch test result showed herpes. How to know if that was hsv-1 or hsv-2?

i had a torch test done a week ago and my test came back ok except for the herpes part the nurse at my ob/gyn said the doctor noted levels high test again in two weeks but she couldnt tell me if that was hsv-1 or hsv-2 how would i know which one because i have pap smear every year and never had genital issues, i do have cold sores on my mouth and in my nose sparely thats it, how will i know?
Asked On : Mon, 12 Nov 2012
Answers:  4 Views:  106
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
General & Family Physician 's  Response
HSV can be positive even without symptoms, asymptomatic infections are possible. report will give specific HSV 1 and 2 , ask your laboratory people.

wishing you good health
Answered: Sat, 10 Aug 2013
I find this answer helpful

3 Doctors agree with this answer

Dermatologist Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia's  Response
Dec 2013
Thanks for posting your query to HCM.
HSV 1 and 2 are two different strains of same virus. HSV 1 generally cause infection near mouth whereas HSV 2 causes infection at genital area. Both the places the infection is clinically present as small painful vesicles which form ulcer in a day or two which remains for around 5-7 days and heals up.
In yourself TORCH profile has revealed positivity for herpes. You should know that this is detected by ELISA method which cannot detect HSV 1 or 2. For the further confirmation there is a test to detect IgG for HSV 1 and 2. The best test is DNA PCR for the most accurate detection of HSV 1 and 2.
But I would like to guide you that as you have history of cold sores so it is confirmatory that it is HSV 1 only. Kindly do not worry about this as it is quite common type of infection and is not a sexually transmitted disease. So do not correlate the things with any type of issues of genital or sexually transmitted infections.
With good health wishes
Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
Answered: Fri, 9 Aug 2013
I find this answer helpful
Dermatologist Dr. Raghuveer Murki's  Response
hello, hsg-1usually effects nongenital areas like lips,mouth, face,abdoomen etc.hsv-2 effects the genital areas as u have no symptoms earlier in genital areas and u had sores on the nose,indicates it is only hsv-1.for confirmation go for hsv1 and hsv 2 antibodies test
Answered: Fri, 9 Aug 2013
I find this answer helpful
HIV AIDS Specialist Dr. S. Murugan's  Response
Welcome to HCM.
There are tests available to differentiate to detect antibodies against HSV 1 and 2. If you ask for the same to your physician he/she will help you in this regard.
As you have history of cold sores, it could mostly be due to HSV 1 only.
Nothing to worry much.
Dr Murugan,S
Answered: Sat, 10 Aug 2013
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor