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Dr. William Singer
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How long does it take to get results of a herpes test?

Dr. William Singer
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Wait for tests: It can be as short as 1 day or ir the test must be sent out to a lab outside your facility then 2-4 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Cooper
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I'm gettin an IgG test done tommorow to see if I have been exposed to herpes. The only outbreak i had was 2 years ago. How long will the results take to come? Is it reliable?

Dr. Louis Cooper
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I'm gettin an IgG test done tommorow to see if I have been exposed to herpes. The only outbreak i had was 2 years ago. How long will the results take to come? Is it reliable?

Yes: Igg test for herpes is the test indicating prior exposure. Igm test for herpes or other virus shows if there is a new or resolving new infection. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Is it possible to have a false positive on a herpes test ? and do you know how long its suppose to take for the blood test results to come back?

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Is it possible to have a false positive on a herpes test ? and do you know how long its suppose to take for the blood test results to come back?

False pos can occur: The standard blood tests for herpes simplex virus (HSV) are not perfect; false positive results can occur. The strength of the result -- i.e. the optical density ratio (also called ELISA ratio) -- is important in distinguishing true positive from false psotive results. Results usually are available in 2-5 days, but it varies a lot from one lab to another. ...Read more

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Dr. Denise Elser
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How long after first aquiring herpes does it take for the test to appear positive?

Dr. Denise Elser
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How long after first aquiring herpes does it take for the test to appear positive?

7-30 days or longer: Herpes infection can present in many ways. Typically ulcer will show in 7-30 days. Primary herpes is a systemic illness with fever / fatigue & usually multiple sores. Recurrent herpes in usually a small cluster of sores w/o other symptoms. Most people never get full blown primary herpes & may simply experience occasional genital discomfort or itching, & sometimes no symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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After being exposed to herpes how. Long does it take for you to get herpes?

Dr. Martin Raff
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After being exposed to herpes how. Long does it take for you to get herpes?

Herpes simplex: An average of six to eight days after exposure signs and symptoms of genital herpes can appear. This period between transmission and the start of genital herpes symptoms is called the incubation period. In some cases, the incubation period can be as short as one day or as long as 26 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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How long does it take for herpes to show in ur system and how long till you can find out ur results can you find out right away like in 20 minutes?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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See below: First part of your question is not clear, if you mean incubation period, it is 2-14 days. Please read the information in the two sites below for a detailed answer. It is possible to have an answer in 20 minutes but that is not normal process. http://www.webmd.com/genital-herpes/herpes-testshttp://www.webmd.com/genital-herpes/tc/genital-herpes-what-happens. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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How long does it take for herpes to get in your blood ?

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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How long does it take for herpes to get in your blood ?

Wrong question: Disseminated herpes may occur in a newborn or a person with impaired immunity. Then it is devastating. Fortunately it is almost always localized. I assume you refer to herpes simplex. Fluconazole is effective for yeast but not for herpes. See a DR immediately as the longer the delay the less effective the therapy for herpes. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Baumann
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If you attract herpes do the person you get it from has to have an outbreak and how long does it take for it to appear on you ?

Dr. Peter Baumann
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If you attract herpes do the person you get it from has to have an outbreak and how long does it take for it to appear on you ?

4 days: Incubation period (time from getting infected to appearance of symptoms) is about 4 days. Transmission most commonly occurs from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected. After infection, a woman may not develop symptoms and never know that she has been infected. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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How long does it take for IgG herpes antibodies to show up? What's the most recent your exposure could have been if you test with low amounts?

Dr. Martin Raff
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How long does it take for IgG herpes antibodies to show up? What's the most recent your exposure could have been if you test with low amounts?

Herpes simplex: Generally 2-4 weeks is the time necessary for antibody formation, but this may be igm antibody, followed by conversion to igg in about 6-8 weeks, but this is highly variable from person to person. There are some false-negative results as well. ...Read more

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