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A 32-year-old female asked:

few drs. say that it can take 4-6wk for hsv antibodies to appear in blood. one says it can take up to 24mos for "aged and mature" antibodies. meaning?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
IgM and IgG: Igm type antibodies appear first and igg antibodies a little later, it is unusual for igg to be delayed by 24 months.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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Sorry for the typo. I should have stated 24 months, I edited the response.
Apr 15, 2013

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A 32-year-old female asked:

So HSV antibdies can take up to 2-3 months to appear in blood. "aged and mature" antibodies can take 24 months? What does that mean exactly?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Limited value: The blood tests for hsv are pretty good but not 100% unreliable, with a fair number of false-positive and false-negatives. If you have hsv clinically, you can be treated without blood work to "prove" it. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health, and good luck.

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