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I just tested positive for hsv 1 with a IgG of 5.63 and negative for HSV-2 with a IgG of <.90. What does this mean for me? Can i have genital herpes? Can i get hsv-2 now due to having hsv-1? can hsv-1 be spread to the penis by oral sex and keep reaccuring?

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Thank you for asking your query.
- HSV1 usually occurs above waist, like in mouth lips etc. HSV2 infection usually occurs below waist ie genital area.
- Yes, HSV1 can spread from mouth to penis via oral sex. It can be recurring too if the contact continues.
- No you cannot get HSV 2 from HSV1 without another infection
- IgG of HSV1 and 2 are not a definitive test. It can be falsely positive. It can also indicate a previous infection. So if you have symptoms of HSV1 with the positive IgG then you can safely conclude there is HSV infection. Otherwise this test is not meaningful.

Hope this helps

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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