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A 18-year-old male asked:

How much time do i have to wait after a sexual encounter to get tested for herpes? if it's only been a week, would the results be reliable?

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Dr. Marvin Ott
Emergency Medicine 21 years experience
Depends: The incubation period for Herpes is 5-7 days. Most people who do develop symptoms do so within 2 weeks of exposure. If you have genital lesions consistent with Herpes, you can be tested immediately by having a doctor swab the lesions. If you have no symptoms, blood tests won't turn positive for at least 2-4 weeks. Hope this helps!
Last updated Apr 4, 2015

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