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A 28-year-old female asked:

what is the incubation period for hsv 1?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
2-12 days: Incubation period: For HSV-1, the amount of time between contact with the virus and the appearance of symptoms, the incubation period, is two to 12 days. Most people average about three to six days.

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Do sores inside the vaginal lips automatically mean hsv?

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Can you contract oral herpes from contaminated food?

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I think I may have oral herpes -- can it be spread to my bf's genitals?

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