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can you have herpes and test negative

A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Herpes: The serum test turn positive for herpes after about 12 to 16 weeks after exposure. If it has been 9 months since possible exposure I would say the neg ... Read More
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Dr. Ralph Boling
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
This depends on the : testing method, direct testing of lesion sites, can be negative if no active lesion is present. Blood tests just look at antibodies, that have formed, ... Read More

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodpaster
29 years experience Dentistry
Sort of: Herpes in both forms (oral & genital) itself is manageable for most patients with meds. Gential herpes can be very painful during an outbreak but othe ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
25 years experience Infectious Disease
Many many things: Well first..Hundreds of types of viruses. Local mechanical trauma, electrical and thermal burns, chemical injury, irradiation, aphthous stomatitis, ... Read More
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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
14 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: It depends on what the test was for. If the test was a pcr for hsv genetic material, it just means you don't see it in the bloodstream; it's not very ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Depends on the test: A test for antibodies to the virus will be negative if the person acquired the infection very recently.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Whiting
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: You need to ask what was tested. Sometimes your doctor only tests for some of the STDs. Herpes frequently isn't tested unless you are having symptom ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Schmidt
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Ultrasound: The best way you have to find out where you stabd is have your doctor order a pregnancy ultrasound.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
24 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: That depends on the test. A blood test will remain positive but a veal culture will be positive only with active infection.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends on timing: False negatives can occur, especially if the ulcer is cultured too late, after healing has already begun. False negatives are less likely to occur wh ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: There are very few medical reasons to get such testing since most of us already have this virus. The newer type specific tests are far more accurate t ... Read More
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