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how common are false positives for herpes type 1 & 2?

I have regularly gotten blood tests every 6 months for everything that a blood test can determine.Well last August,2012 i had another test only for the results to come back as being positive for both type 1 and type 2 herpes..The results as well as the dr. said i was recently exposed,which to me is hard to comprehend since the last woman i was with was at least 3 months before the blood test.Everything i have researched,read,and asked other dr.s said if i was with someone positive,i wouldve shown systems right away. Well here it is almost 6 months later,still no signs of an outbreak,not even a fever blister..So my question is,how common are the blood tests to come back as a false positive?

p.s i cant remember my numbers but i do know they were small..
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replied January 16th, 2013
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Men can remain asymptomatic for long periods of time even if they have the infection (the symptoms also depend on the strain of infecting agent and your body’s immune response). Women tend to have severe forms of the illness/infections and have more outbreaks. If you are still worried, you may consider repeating the blood investigations and serological tests to confirm/rule out infection as well as confirm if infection is recent or chronic. Be in regular follow-up and monitoring with your treating doctor and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.



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