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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
No chance: With negative results at 17 weeks, you can be sure you weren't infected. Even if you happen to be among the rare persons who don't develop p ... Read More
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Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
34 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unlikely: If you have tested negative 1 and 17 weeks after exposure (IgM and IgG), then consider yourself negative
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
13 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Many, many years: Once infected, the virus hides out indefinitely. This constant presence makes the immune system continually produce the igg type of antibody to the vi ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kashif Abdullah
12 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends on the test: So we have a couple of tests.One is a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) for herpes that we get when we scrap the lesion.Another test is a blood tes ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
No: A positive antibody means you're infected with herpes. That doesn't mean you're developing outrbreaks, but it does mean that you at least have latent ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes: It's not uncommon for people who never show herpes i or ii lesions to have antibodies. Whether this means they ever met the virus at all is unknown.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Mandel
40 years experience General Practice
Yes!: False positive test results are test results which say a person has a disease or condition when they don't actually have it. False positive results ca ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Blood tests can diagnose herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), the usual cause of oral herpes, and HSV2, the main cause of genital herpes. Have an IgG a ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Ask the medical: Provider who ordered the test to explain the results to you.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Blass
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Always remember never say always or never. Certainly labs can accidentally mishandle a specimen. A culture, if positive, is good evidence of hsv inf ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Culture: Finds the virus itself rather than antibodies. The test is more specific, but some folks may harbor the virus without it being culturable.
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