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How long to wait for a herpes test

A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Herpes: If you have no igm by eleven weeks you did not get herpes. Igg will not arrive in new infection if no igm.

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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Question vague but: If a person sees a cold sore on the lip that looks like a typical herpes cold sore, there is no need to test for herpes if it is obviously herpes. How ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Herpes: I disagree. First one does an IgG test to know their status. Then if you are negative and worried about a new exposure then you test after six weeks w ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
51 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Wait for tests: It can be as short as 1 day or ir the test must be sent out to a lab outside your facility then 2-4 days.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
7-30 days or longer: Herpes infection can present in many ways. Typically ulcer will show in 7-30 days. Primary herpes is a systemic illness with fever / fatigue & usually ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: The incubation period is the time from exposure to the appearance of symptoms and averages 2-12 days. If you are asymptomatic at 21 days the overwhel ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
31 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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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
2-3 weeks: The serologic tests are still not altogether reliable. Most folks with antibodies against herpes 2 do have genital herpes. Many people with antibodie ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Antibody Aging: It can take six to twenty four weeks. There is an early antibody that can be tested as well and that is an igm antibody.
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Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Generally 2-4 weeks is the time necessary for antibody formation, but this may be igm antibody, followed by conversion to igg in about 6-8 weeks, but ... Read More

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