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A 35-year-old male asked:

when it comes to herpes do you trust symptoms or blood test?

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Dr. Jaiprakash Thakor Jairam
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Accuracy: I hope I am understanding you correctly. Always do a blood test to check for herpes virus. Many people have the virus but may not show any symptoms or it might go unnoticed.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

What is the likelihood of a false negative herpes type specific blood test with background of lupus (sle)?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
About 0% to 9%: Quest diagnostics' website states that their herpes type-specific IgG antibody test is 91-100% sensitive, so there are a few false negative results. A repeat test can be done 4-6 weeks later, if worried about a false negative. Lupus should not affect the result, but if a person is on strong immuno-suppressive therapy, his antibody production may be blocked, which may make test results unreliable.
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How long would it take herpes to show up on a blood test?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
<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 both tests are available. If a patient has IgG herpes antibodies then the patient has already been exposed 'some time ago.' hope that helps.
A 18-year-old female asked:

Is blood test is the only way you can find out if you have herpes?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Herpes: Blood testing is most accurate way to learn if one has been exposed to herpes. Yes.
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A 18-year-old female asked about a 19-year-old male:

How soon can herpes show up on a blood test?

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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 and igg would start going up after about a month and it usually stays up. Just have to do the right test at the right time.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

Can a blood test detect herpes?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: There is a blood test for the Herpes Virus.

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