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Can you have herpes and test negative

A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
If the blood is tested too early when the antibody has not developed yet. Furthermore, no medical test is perfect, false negative result does happen, ... Read More
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
It is stated that if your herpes infection is less than 3 months old, you may have a false negative test. I would think that this is an uncommon situa... Read More

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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
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
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
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
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 30 years experience
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
Infectious Disease 26 years experience
Many many things: Well first..Hundreds of types of viruses. Local mechanical trauma, electrical and thermal burns, chemical injury, irradiation, aphthous stomatitis, ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
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
A member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Depends on the test: A test for antibodies to the virus will be negative if the person acquired the infection very recently.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
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
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Antibody test would have been positive by now. Get HPV, Flu and Covid vaccines. Wish you good health! Safe sex: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Contagious but...: Herpes is a contagious std which is at its most contagious when you have active lesions.When lesions are not present, the disease can still be contagi... Read More