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Herpes testing antibodies testing conclusive

A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Schmidt
53 years experience Internal Medicine
Not much: Almost everyone including you probably have had contact with herpes of some type such as chicken pox. it really is not helpful.
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience Family Medicine
Herpes: All these tests are within the 90th percentile in accuracy and can be done probably after 72 hours of exposure. Good Luck
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Weeks: Depending on the test used, it can be either 2-3 weeks, or 4-6 weeks. Regardless, the treatment is supportive, and the antibodies really only tell you ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes blood test: The HSV IgM test is useless. In theory it works like you say: early antibody is IgM and IgG comes later, so positive IgM and negative IgG should indi ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erik Lundquist
20 years experience Family Medicine
Constipation: Most antibiotics and antivirals cause diarrhea not constipation. You may be a little dehydrated as you are also having decreased urine output. Recomme ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Herpes: No. Herpes infections do not move. Once infected one cannot be infected at a different spot by the same virus.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Virus in the body: If the antibody for HSV (1 or 2) is positive, it means the person was infected with the virus and the virus is in the persons nerves forever, even if ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Not necessarily: Positive IGG antibodies only indicates previous but not active infection. Positive IGM antibodies is indicative of active infection.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
2 weeks to 3 months: The response time varies and may take up to three months to turn positive. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
If IgM-type is pos.: Herpes antibodies checked by the lab are sometimes listed as IgM or IgG antibodies. If IgM-type antibodies are positive, that means a recent infection ... Read More

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