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if you have trace levels of herpes antibodies on a igg test, what does that mean? does that mean you're infected with it? can you transmit it?

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Dr. Kristi Woods
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes and yes: Igg antibodies are consistent with previous infection. Since your body never 'clears' the herpes virus once infected with it, one you have it, it is always present in your body (regardless of whether or not you have active symptoms.) you can transmit it. You are more likely to do so when you have an outbreak, but you are capable of transmitting even without active symptoms.

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Floral Park, NY
A 31-year-old female asked:

Can you have herpes antibodies within the first 2 weeks after exposure? When is the earliest the antibodies show up?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Herpes: There are two kinds of herpes antibodies that are tested usually in the U.S. The acute or new antibody known as igm and the remote past or 'aged' antibody igg. For igm testing two weeks is still quite early. But, six weeks would be a common place to feel more comfortable. The igg antibodies will follow after igm if there is an infection.
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A member asked:

How long does it take for IgG herpes antibodies to show up? What's the most recent your exposure could have been if you test with low amounts?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
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 this is highly variable from person to person. There are some false-negative results as well.
MI
A 24-year-old female asked:

I don't think anybody on here understands..in don't known an herpe antibody test is worth it. I don't REM breakouts and if pos I would be upset 4 ever?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
No test needed: If you have no problem, don't bother with a test. If you have been exposed to a sexual partner with genital herpes, an antibody test may be helpful in finding out whether you have become a carrier. In general, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
MI
A 24-year-old female asked:

Not true. Having herpe antibodies does not mean u have herpes it means u were exposed to it. Meaning u might or might not actually have it.

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
What's your question: kindly be more specific
MI
A 24-year-old female asked:

Dr Chou clue word maybe u stated herpes antibodies mean infected. Not true. Herpes antibodies means you MAYBE infected.. U were just exposed?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Definition: You have the herpes antibody because the herpes virus is already in your body. Whether you call it an infection or colonization is simply semantics. The herpes virus does not ever go away even though you may not have any symptoms from it ...yet.

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