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How Long Should I Wait To Get Tested For Herpes
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Testing: You can be tested after 30 minutes according to an article in the New England journal ...Read more
Probably no need: I can't tell your sex. If female, then HPV testing is now done routinely with pap smears. Other than that, HPV testing is rarely needed or recommended. Even if you have been exposed, e.g. a partner with genital warts or abnormal pap, no testing is recommended; just see a doc if anything abnormal appears. Everybody has genital HPV at one time or another, and almost all infections clear up anyway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't wait: You can get examined and get base line tests immediately. You will then need follow up tests to see what if anything has changed. Not every std shows up right away on testing. Knowing which std you are looking for can help, but most people want to be tested for "everything". Repeat follow up testing is necessary. Start now. ...Read more
Test of cure: Because gonorrhea is developing some antibiotic resistance you should wait until your doc has done a test of cure a couple weeks after treatment. If you feel like you can't wait at least make sure a condom is used and use them regularly. Gonorrhea can infect your throat, cervix, urethra and anus. All i can say is condoms, condoms, and condoms. ...Read more
See answer: In most instances, follow-up testing to insure cure of chlamydia is not recommended, unless there are signs or symptoms of persistence, recurrence, poor compliance in taking medication, or deviation from standard or alternative treatment regimens: single dose of Azithromycin 1, 000mg or Doxycycline 100mg twice daily x 7 days. Repeat testing usually recommended about 3-4 weeks after treatment. ...Read more
HIV Exposure: First, if one has an acute exposure one should not wait at all. We only have a 72 hour window to prevent infection. Second, if there is a high risk exposure one can get a viral RNA test after 21 days that is 100% accurate. Third: the antibody testing that is routine for HIV can miss infection for up to six months after exposure. ...Read more
7 days: After treatment of gonorrhea (GC) with a single shot, one should wait a minimum of 7 days before resuming sexual contact. Treatment of any recent sexual partners and use of a condom also recommended for STD protection and help prevent recurrent GC re-infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Gonnorhea or chlamydia can be urine tested after 2-3 days, syphilis or hpv when sore or lesion develops, can be weeks, blood tests take time because there have to be organism or antibodies develop, i.E hiv/aids or syphilis. Early tests can give both false positive & false negative results. Later testing much more reliable. ...Read more
Which STD?: And what have you been exposed to since the last testing? This is a complicated question and needs more definition. ...Read more
Two to four days: A swab is taken from the urethra (the hole where your pee comes out), or other suspected area, and a culture/naat/dna probe is performed on the specimen. It takes about 48 hrs to get a result. If it's positive you need antibiotics to get better and so does your sexual partner. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not long: If you are concerned about exposure to stds, it is best to get tested right away. Today's tests can detect the dna of an infection before you show any signs or symptoms. If you feel pretty certain you have been exposed, you may also consider getting treated with antibiotics right away - even before getting any test results. ...Read more
Get tested yesterday: Do not wait! if you think you have a sexually transmitted infection, get tested now. If you don't get tested and treated it could become a pelvic infection and lead to chronic pain and infertility. Not to mention the risk of passing the infection on to someone else. ...Read more
Saturday night fun?: Different stds have different incubation periods. It ranges from one week for gonorrhea, trichomonas and chlamydia to 6 months for hiv. That is why you must be very careful whom you take as a sex partner. Syphilis and hepatitis take about 6 weeks to detect. Discuss the specifics with your doctor. ...Read more
How long after being treated for chlymadia should you wait to get retested to make sure it's gone?
How long do I have to wait to get tested for genital herpes? It's been 7 weeks, is that enough time? The condom broke with my boyfriend who is hsv2+
Herpes simplex: If you were going to get a primary herpetic genital infection it would already have occurred. Testing will only tell you if you have previously been exposed, but will not tell you when or by whom. Some people may get the virus without developing symptoms and this is more true in women. ...Read more
When are mouth ulcers herpes? Are herpes simplex virus 1 same as STDs herpes? How long do I have to wait after sexual contact to get tested?
Here's a heads-up: White, painful ulcers actually inside the mouth aren't herpes. They may be common aphthous ulcers, lupus, BEhcet's, pemphigus, Wegener's, due to agranulocytosis, or any of a number of others -- but not herpes. It's a common error. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How much time do I have to wait after a sexual encounter to get tested for herpes? If it's only been a week, would the results be reliable?
Depends: The incubation period for Herpes is 5-7 days. Most people who do develop symptoms do so within 2 weeks of exposure. If you have genital lesions consistent with Herpes, you can be tested immediately by having a doctor swab the lesions. If you have no symptoms, blood tests won't turn positive for at least 2-4 weeks. Hope this helps! ...Read more
2 weeks: Your chances of catching Herpes from your partner will depend upon the Herpes status of the partner, i.e acute infection, usually asymptomatic but contagious, with active sores or old inactive stage. Culture or PCR from the lesion or sore in genital area is better than blood test for antibodies that develop in a few weeks and only indicate old infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antibodies: If you have had outbreaks in the past, then you know you have antibodies. I do not see any reason to have it tested now. ...Read more
How long after having contact with someone with genital herpes can you get tested to find out if you got caught?
Two weeks or more: If you have not developed clinically apparent lesions and you have gotten the virus from your partner, it will take about 2 wks (sometimes longer) to develop antibodies. The problem is, that you may have gotten this unknowingly at a prior date, and you will not be able to tell how long the antibodies have been there. ...Read more
How long after unprotected sex can i get tested for all STD's?Can i get herpes from someone else that has no sores??
Time varies. Yes.: Varied times for different STDs. Gonorrhea & chlamydia 2-3 days, probably 1-2 weeks for vaginal infections like trichomonas and bacterial vaginosis, 4-6 weeks for syphilis & HIV blood tests. If no symptoms, do it all at 4-6 weeks. Herpes is often transmitted by people who don't know they have it or who are not having an outbreak. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes testing: The tricky thing about herpes, is that many people don't know they have it. Thus, if starting in a new relationship where you might be having unprotected sex, then it's a good idea for both partners to get tested. I would add an HIV test to that too, since there's 50,000 new cases of HIV in the US per year-and often spreads 'unknowingly'. Safe sex is recommended considering other STDs like warts. ...Read more
I had exposure for herpes whitlow three weeks ago and nothing showed up. How long should I wait till I know I don't have it?
Herpes: Since 75% of Americans have Herpes you should first get a blood test to prove you do not have this infection already. Second, 90% of those who get infected never have a sore or outbreak but still are infected. If you are negative to begin then three to six weeks after an infection an IgM antibody test should be valid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should I get tested for herpes if in past I had a lot sex partners never had symptoms.. Current partner of 5 yrs also has no symptoms?
STDs: You should be tested for several STDs including syphilis and HIV among others. There are many that can remain without symptoms but continue to progress and do damage to your body. Anyone entering into an unprotected sexual relationship should have their partner tested first, and you should be tested not only for your benefit but your partner's. Stay well, be careful. It is dangerous out there. ...Read more
Depends: Std and/or pregnancy related care laws vary state to state, so cannot say definitively. Also depends on how young a minor. Best to call county health department and ask about rules, then location(s) and hours if allowed. If not, sorry, but should be seen by doctor. If = 14, should be seen by dr due to abuse concerns. ...Read more
After unprotected sex when should I get tested for herpes and syphilis? Can I get tested a week after an will the result be accurate?
I went to the doctor to get tested for herpes, it came back negative. The doc said she doesn't believe the results were correct, what should I assume?
Diagnosing herpes: If your doctor is experienced with herpes and remains suspicious, you may have it despite negative test. The herpes tests aren't perfect and can miss it, especially a swab test for culture or DNA testing, if the sore is starting to heal. OTOH, even the top herpes experts often have trouble based only on examining an outbreak. Have a blood test to check for both HSV1 and HSV2. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A friend has had 12 sex partners protected & unprotected sex I tell her she should get tested for herpes what are the chances she might have hsv2?
Cant be specific: She either has it or she doesn't. Obviously she has put herself at higher risk by having multiple partners but they all could be clean, or she not be susceptible. If worried, she should see her OB-GYN to get evaluated and tested. ...Read more
Depends on site: A swab of the oral cavity, urethra, vagina, or anal canal are all sites that can be used to test for herpes, although a blood test can also see if you already have antibodies. The blood test is not as good at determining if you have a current infection, as if you have been exposed --although it also depends on the test performed. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: Yes you can be tested for the presence of antibodies to this virus, although the assessment of whether it is types 1 or 2 cannot be reliably determined by antibody testing. If you have antibodies it means that the virus is in your body in a latent form. It may or may not ever produce active lesions. There is no way in which to predict this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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