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A 25-year-old female asked:

What is the timeline that's normal to get herpes after having unprotected sex? i got a bump 5 days after than a 2nd 6 days after. or is it bacterial?

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Dr. Gregory Zengo
Anti-Aging Medicine 30 years experience
2-12 Days Incubation: Here is a quote from the CDC on the subject of new HSV infection.... "The average incubation period after exposure is 4 days (range 2 to 12). The vesicles break and leave painful ulcers that may take two to four weeks to heal. Experiencing these symptoms is referred to as having an "outbreak" or episode." If the lesions are painful, see your doctor. They can give you an Rx to limit the symptoms.

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