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Herpes blood testing time

A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Why do it?: Often it's good to remember the very basics. If you won't use the test results to make a decision about what you'll do, don't do the test. Nobody even ... Read More

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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Why do it?: A prnciple of lab testing is that if you're not going to do anythng different based on the results, don't do the test. If you're not sick and not a da ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julan Crane
24 years experience Pediatrics
Home tests: I have not heard of those tests being reliable or not so it is best to see your healthcare worker for testing.
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Dr. John Hakim
27 years experience Cardiology
Past : Past exposure to herpes, means the person has herpes. You either have type one or type 2. In the usa about one in 5 people have herpes antibodies. ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryan Kurtz
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Very reassuring: it very reassuring, but you could check again at 6 months to confirm.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yvette Westford
19 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Infrequently, yes: Yes, antibodies may disappear with time, if the person has infrequent recurrences of herpes. Typically, negative results for either type 1 or type 2 ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
You can: If you carry herpes with a positive igg, you can infect others, especially if you have active sores at the time. Negative igg would mean no past expo ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Blood Test Needed: I am sorry but we may disappoint here. Having not seen your skin at the time of the exam i cannot comment. But, you can and should have the herpes blo ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Fox
Specializes in Family Medicine
Usually: 4-6 weeks post exposure is usually the amount of time considered necessary for a igg blood test to be appropriate.
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A 51-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

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