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A 25-year-old female asked:

Is 7 weeks after exposure enough time to get an accurate genital herpes blood test done?

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Dr. Laurence Fox
Specializes in Family Medicine
Usually: 4-6 weeks post exposure is usually the amount of time considered necessary for a igg blood test to be appropriate.
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