HSV type 1 false positive?
Is it possible to have a false positive HSV blood test (IGG)? one that is > 3.5
- ?Lv 72 months ago
It's possible if you get tested too early after you were exposed.
If you've had cold sores (HSV1) for a while then it's not likely to be a false positive.
HSV1 usually causes cold sores on the mouth and they're very common to have. Most people are usually more worried about getting genital herpes (HSV2) then cold sores.
- 2 months ago
you mean you have a coldsore?
- Lab GuyLv 62 months ago
Nobody cares when half the general population has a positivity rate for herpes type 1.
"How many people in the US have herpes? HSV-1 and HSV-2 are both known to cause genital herpes. It is estimated that, in the United States, 47.8% of people aged 14–49 have HSV-1, while 11.9% of Americans in the same age group have HSV-2 (Herpes Simplex Virus, 2017)."
If you don't have it now then eventually you will have it so a false positive blood test or even a true positive blood test means nothing out of the ordinary. It's basically normal to be exposed to herpes type 1. A few have recurrent outbreaks while some don't.