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does herpes show up in a blood test

A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jean Calhoun
Specializes in Dermatology
1 week: There are two different antibodies that would be associated with a herpes infection. Igm would go up in the first few weeks. Then the igm would fall ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
30 years experience General Practice
<2 weeks: It usually take1-2 weeks for a healthy immune system to produce IgM anti-bodies to a viral infection. There are 2 types of herpes simplex 1 and 2, so ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
2-6 weeks: There are variations in individual immune response and it could take 2-6 weeks to detect antibodies in blood. Have a healthy diet, exercise, drink ple ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Oral herpes: Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) infection is extremely common; up to half of all people in the US have it. Most infections cause few or no symptoms ... Read More
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Dr. Joy Jackson
18 years experience Family Medicine
Unfortunately : Unfortunately there is no cure for herpes and none on the horizon as far as I am aware. If you have not had an outbreak then it is possible you may ne ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: Blood tests for cancer are at best adjuncts. A different, notoriously unreliable test is sometimes used for the diagnosis of herpes, which is better ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
See your doctor: Routine blood tests won't detect herpes. It's not curable; herpes infections persist for life. However, the likelihood of recurrent symptoms is highly ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
40 years experience Pathology
Not usually: On the assumption that you are talking about herpes simplex virus, type i or type ii, then blood tests are rarely done and are almost always negative. ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
35 years experience Family Medicine
Family practice : If you are tested positive it doesn't tell you when you were exposed. If neg it may be too early to tell.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Usually not tested: Different states have different requirements for pre-marital tests. While a blood test can detect history or infection with herpes, I do not know tha ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
History is key: Without a sore or a typical herpes lesion, I wouldn't even believe a positive blood test as evidence that you're clinically ill with herpes II. The la ... Read More

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