Sexually Transmitted Diseases/HSV IgG

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Hello,

My boyfriend recently got tested and received a result of Reactive Herpes Simplex Virus IgG. I know there have been similar questions as this, but our confusion is that neither of us can think of any exposure, nor have either of us ever had an outbreak or even ever had a cold sore. We've been together almost two years. Is it possible to have been exposed to someone with a cold sore in his life, for example, and now it's simply showing up as he's developed the antibodies? The doctor basically just said to wait until he has an outbreak and we'd go from there.

Thank you in advance.

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Robyn,

So the test shows that he does indeed have the virus in his blood, but the good news is that you could have HSV 1 or 2 and NEVER shows symptoms because the virus is kept in check by the immune system. Typically, people have signs whenever they are already sick or stress induces an outbreak. To answers your first question nearly 80% of people have HSV 1 or oral herpes and people can live a normal life with it. HSV 2 is rarer, but approximately 1 in 4 adults have it as well. Herpes is not the big deal you think it is, but if you ever notice an outbreak, then that would be your cue to take a day off! :) Herpes can be transmitted at ANY time to anyone, but the greatest chance of exposure is during an outbreak.

Cheers,

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

Experience

3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

Awards and Honors
Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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