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Herpes Titer
Oct 20, 2007
What does it mean if I was told that my Herpes titer was low and indicates prior infection. Does that mean that I have or had some form of herpes before???
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 20, 2007
I would get a copy of your test results. Without knowing the numbers, it's really hard to say what they mean. Once you get the numbers tho', there are a few people on this site who are very good at explaining test results.

By the way - herpes is a permanent virus in your system. There is no "had the virus", once you have it it's a gift for life. If your bloodwork does indicate that you have herpes, there is no way to tell when you acquired the virus , so the terminology "prior infection" is kind of misleading. It simply means that you've had the virus for over 3 - 4 months, as that's how long it takes for a blood test to come back positive.
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 22, 2007
My the numbers could you tell what type you have ? Or is there more testing involved?




[QUOTE=catharine101;3267502]I would get a copy of your test results. Without knowing the numbers, it's really hard to say what they mean. Once you get the numbers tho', there are a few people on this site who are very good at explaining test results.

By the way - herpes is a permanent virus in your system. There is no "had the virus", once you have it it's a gift for life. If your bloodwork does indicate that you have herpes, there is no way to tell when you acquired the virus , so the terminology "prior infection" is kind of misleading. It simply means that you've had the virus for over 3 - 4 months, as that's how long it takes for a blood test to come back positive.[/QUOTE]
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 22, 2007
The numbers will tell you if you are positive or not. If the doctor ran the right kind of test, it will tell you if you are positive for Type 1, type 2, or both
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 22, 2007
Can you have Herpes with no symptoms?

[QUOTE=catharine101;3270324]The numbers will tell you if you are positive or not. If the doctor ran the right kind of test, it will tell you if you are positive for Type 1, type 2, or both[/QUOTE]
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 22, 2007
Absolutely yes. That's why so many people get the virus.

Get a copy of your test results, and we'll help you figure out what they mean.
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 22, 2007
Honestly, the numbers don't mean anything really except positive or negative. Anything over 3.5 (I think??) is positive. As long as your number is in the positive range than you're positive. A higher number doesn't mean much more than the amount of antibodies they found in your test, so a higher number doesn't make you "more positive". This of course is assuming that you're talking about the Herpeselect test. It's an IGG test that is one of the more accurate ones. If you get your results and discover that you've taken the IGM test, you need to be retested as this test has shown to be unreliable. When this test was used, the doctors thought that it could tell you when/how long you've been infected but that was proven to be wrong. So it sounds like that may be what he was saying about a "prior infection". But you won't know until you get a copy of the results and see for yourself.
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 23, 2007
I think that number of 3.5 is incorrect. I'm pretty sure it's closer to anything over 0.9. But as I said, I'm no expert in reading test results.
Definitely get your results and post them though as there are several people on the site who ARE really good at reading test results (O21 comes to mind!!).
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 23, 2007
It's always best to have copies of your test results. That way, you'll know exactly what test was given and by what lab. Another reason to get copies is that most STD exams don't include a Herpes test, so while people may think they're 'clean', it reality they weren't even tested. Having the paper work is confirmation the test was performed.

The HerpeSelect test numeric value is just a number, it's only used to determine if you're negative or positive. They don't correlate to outbreaks, or how many years you've had the virus. Values above 1.10 are considered positive, however, most people in the know will recommend getting retested if your HSV2 result is below 3.5, especially if you have a preexisting case of HSV1

The problem is everyone wants answers; they wanna know how bad it is, how long they've had it, bla bla bla. And the HerpeSelect test can't do that. So we rely on what the medical professional tells us. However, many doctors/nurses are not up to speed with proper testing, or what the numbers mean or don't mean. And they'll still order the IgM test thinking it will reveal if the infection is new or recurring. The confidence level of that test is too low to be worthwhile. A couple of the bigger labs no longer offer the IgM test for herpes testing.

The most important items about Herpes blood testing is waiting as long as you can before getting tested, at least 12-16 weeks, and getting the correct test, an IgG type specific blood test. Herpes Select is the most common in the US.

O21
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 24, 2007
HSV 1 IgG (V2) <0.9 NEGATIVE
HSV 2 IgG (V2) 4.6 NEGATIVE
HSV 1/2 IgG (V2) 15.2 NEGATIVE:<0.9 TO POSTISITIVE >1
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 24, 2007
Well these are the results, any help on what type I have or have I been in contact with both?

HSV 1 IgG <0.9 NEGATIVE
HSV 2 IgG 4.6 NEGATIVE
HSV 1/2 IgG 15.2 NEGATIVE:<0.9 TO POSTIVE >1.1

Comments
HSV 1/2 IgG: Postive >.1.0 index
Positive indicates antibodies detected to HSV-1 and /or HSV-2
HSV 1 IgG: Negative +<0.09 index
Negative indicates no antibodies detected to HSV-1 and or HSV-2
HSV 2 IgG: Postive+> or =1.1 index
Positive indicates abtibodies detected to HSV-2


HSV 1/2 IgM ,0.91 negative<0.9 to Positive>1.1
Re: Herpes Titer
Oct 25, 2007
Something not correct about your results;

HSV 1 IgG <0.9 NEGATIVE
HSV 2 IgG 4.6 NEGATIVE
HSV 1/2 IgG 15.2 NEGATIVE:<0.9 TO POSTIVE >1.1

The first line is fine, It shows you as negative for HSV1. It's very common for a report to say your negative with a value of less then .90 without giving the actual numeric value.

The second line doesn't make sense unless you left off something. A 4.6 is a positive value on a HerpeSelect blood test. Line 3 shows the index range "NEGATIVE:<0.9 TO POSTIVE >1.1" Did you leave that off from line 1 and 2 by mistake? Even your comments show a 4.6 as a positive result.

The Third line is a combination test for HSVI/II, which shows you're positive. This result means you're positive for either HSV1 or HSV2 or both. And since you're Line 2 show you positive for HSV2, this third line makes sense.

The IGM line is worthless, means nothing, the test never should have been given.

I would suggest you call the lab that did the actual blood work and get a confirmation on that second line. Either you wrote it down wrong or something got messed up along the way.

O21
Re: Herpes Titer
May 21, 2008
Hello...I have a question too.

After getting tested, the nurse at my doctor's office told me that my results were negative. After pressing her for more information regarding what exactly she meant she said my titer value was 0.12. She didn't specify if this was in relation to HSV 1 IgG, HSV 2 IgG, or HSV 1/2 IgG.

I called another nurse who said, "This value means you've been exposed but you're negative. You can't pass the virus on if don't test positive which is 0.9 or above." Is this correct?

Also, do titer numbers ever go down? Can they stay constant? In other words, is it possible to stay at a constant value of <0.9 and thus remain negative even though I've been exposed? Or is it just a waiting game and sooner or later the titer value will increase to the point where the serum test is positive?

I'm so confused! I'd appreciate any help!
Re: Herpes Titer
Jun 4, 2008
Hello All

As far as I know, from being tested myself and having the document -

Positive = >1.10
Equivocal = > .91 to 1.10
Negative = < .91

My results were HSV 1 = .313 HSV 2 = .147 which according to my result document is a clear negative ! ( IGg blood test a month ago)

Im not sure though about what the nurse said about the "been exposed but negative " I thought you either had and your positive or ya dont ?

From what I have read from the endless hours of trawling the internet for information about these results is that the fact that the above results show some antibodies doesnt mean I have the virus, but is more likely to be "background noise" picked up in the testing process !

So thats all just grand........................my question is.............why do I have what appears to be a cold sore in my right nostril and blood blisters in my mouth at least every month ( all started after unprotected sex 4 years ago ) and a rash on the head of my penis which comes and goes, thrush after sex and a small red dot in my urethra which flares up now and again, I also get cold like symptoms and a light fever at least twice a month and to top it all off a dull pain in my liver area.

Ive been tested for all other STD's and all come back negative.

If anyone is knowledgable in these matters it would really really help me if you would giva an opinion on what I have written above !!!!!!

Is it only HSV1&2 that give coldsores/lesions or do the other herpes viruses such as EBV and CMV also gives them too ?????????????

Thank you in advance

Worriedtobits





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