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can you test negative for herpes and still have it

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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.

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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
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
29 years experience Dermatology
Well if your blood: work is negative for HSV then you have nothing to disclose.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: You need to see a doctor. Have no idea without seeing these outbreaks what they may be.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Not likely: With the exception of recent infection that has not resulted in a positive antibody response, a negative blood test and history of no breakouts, is re ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Sure: If you just caught it after the last blood test, you would have herpes-1 now, but a negative last blood test. Herpes-1 is commonly found in people by ... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Berryman
54 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Herpes I or II: Testing with IgM and IgG "two weeks after possible exposure" with "negative results" may be a bit too early to detect antibody production against H I ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
57 years experience Psychiatry
Reassurance no help: Meds & behavioral therapy are the way to go
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Repeat exam: Metrogel is often helpful for vaginal odor especially if bacterial vaginosis is present. Give it some time after treatment. Then if you feel things ar ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Staph Infection: It sounds more like a staph bacterial infection secondary to the previous yeast problem. It does not sound like an std.
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