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A 32-year-old female asked:

is 10wks after possible exposure to hsv 1&2 enough time for antibodies to appear in blood? i've heard reliably 4-6wks it should appear. some say 24wks

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Viral Antibodies: The range can be frustrating. You could have early antibodies in two to three months but aged and mature antibodies can take up to 24 months if you look at the whole population. Sometimes you will get a sore sooner than the antibodies appear. If you get a sore then they can culture this for the herpes viruses.

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A 32-year-old female asked:

How long after exposure would it take for HSV 1&2 antibodies to appear in the blood?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: About 6 weeks, depending on the type of exposure.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

How soon after exposure to HSV 1&2 does it take for these antibodies to show up in blood?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Herpes Antibodies: It varies but early antibodies can show up in thee to six months. Some may be sooner. But, it is very good to know your herpes status. And, it is good to know your partner's status.

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Last updated Apr 14, 2013

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