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A 29-year-old female asked:

I was diagnosed with genital herpes 10years ago. i stopped taking valtrex (valacyclovir) for 4months and blood test came back negative. could i not have herpes?

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Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No herpes: If the blood test is negative for HSV-1 and/ or HSV-2 IgG and IgM, then there was no exposure to these types of herpes.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unlike love/marriage: Unlike love and marriage, herpes lasts forever. The virus is still present but dormant at the dorsal root ganglion waiting for some future stress or other stimulus to come back "with a vengeance". The Valtrex (valacyclovir) Rx tends to suppress future outbreaks.

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Last updated Jan 16, 2019

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