Sub-clinical Herpes Infection

Subclinical herpes infection is referred to as an asymptomatic condition of herpes. A person with subclinical herpes serves as a carrier and can transmit the infection to others. The signs of herpes (the characteristic lip and genital sores) develop after a period of subclinical infection called the incubation period.

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What does HSV 1/ 2 (IgG) type-spec AB positive mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I received some routine blood work (annual physical) and my results came in today. I noticed something that made my heart sank. HSV 1/ 2(IGG) type-spec AB tested positive with a reading of 33.10 H. What does this mean? Am I extremely contagious? I have never had a cold sore, nor do I now...  Read Full »


Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. In general population, around 50 to 75 % have HSV antibodies in the blood which they might have acquired at some time in the past life due to clinical or subclinical herpes infection. 2. If you do not have any active lesions you do not require any active treatmen...  Read Full »

Herpes 1 and 2 IgG are on the higher side. Is it a matter of concern?

Query: Hello doctor, I accidentally touched the vaginal fluid of a sex worker two and a half months ago. I had a cracked skin on my finger. It was a deep crack, but not a bleeding crack. So, I consulted a local doctor there. He gave me PEP medicines for 30 days. It was Teno-EM (Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarat...  Read Full »


Dr. Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have noted your concern. There was actually no need for PEP (post-exposure¬†prophylaxis). The HIV virus does not enter through cracks especially if it more than a few hours old and is not freshly bleeding. Nevertheless, your HIV screening tests are conclusive and you...  Read Full »

How can blood show HSV-1 IgG positive without any symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I weigh 68 Kg and my height 5'5". I am in a healthy status. History: No episodes of herpes except chickenpox in childhood. No infection of HIV - clinically tested every 6 months since last 7 years. I am straight and only 1 relationship with spouse. Both me and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for providing all the details. I shall answer your questions one by one. 1. As you have mentioned that you do not have any symptoms at the moment, there is no need to take Acyclovir. 2. A repeat test can be done just for your reassurance. Chances of false positi...  Read Full »

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