What does it mean if HSV-1 IgG is high?

A positive result means that the patient has an HSV infection. The patient may be experiencing an initial outbreak or a recurrent outbreak from a past infection.

Is HSV-1 IgG an STD?

HSV-1 is a viral STD that lives in nerve cells and typically results in cold sores or fever blisters on or near the mouth. It is called oral herpes when it affects the mouth or area around the mouth. It can be transmitted even when signs or symptoms are not present.

What causes HSV-1 flare up?

Once you’ve had an episode of herpes infection, the virus lies dormant in nerve cells in your skin and may emerge as another cold sore at the same place as before. Recurrence may be triggered by: Viral infection or fever. Hormonal changes, such as those related to menstruation.

Is herpes simplex 1 considered an STD?

Although HSV-1 isn’t technically an STD, you can potentially catch the virus through sex. If you receive oral sex from a person with HSV-1, there’s a risk that the virus could make its way into your body through their saliva.

How long does HSV IgG stay positive?

The time required for the development of IgG antibodies following HSV infection varies from 21 to over 42 days with most individuals having detectable IgG 21–28 days after exposure to the infection and probably lasting for life.7–,9 IgM antibodies are usually detectable 9–10 days after exposure and last 7–14 days.

Can HSV-1 spread without outbreak?

Yes. Even when no sores are present, the herpes virus is still active in the body and can spread to others. If you or your partner has herpes, reduce the risk of spread by: using a condom every time you have sex (vaginal, oral, or anal).

How long does a HSV-1 outbreak last?

Initial herpes outbreaks usually last between two to six weeks, while recurrent ones resolve a lot faster. Recurrent outbreaks should heal within a few weeks or sooner.