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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+

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

Herpes (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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After having sex with someone how long after can you get tested for herpes?

After having sex with someone how long after can you get tested for herpes?

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 more

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Could you get tested for herpes simplex even if you have'nt had an outbreak in a long time?

Could you get tested for herpes simplex even if you have'nt had an outbreak in a long time?

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

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How long after having contact with someone with genital herpes can you get tested to find out if you got caught?

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

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How long after unprotected sex can I get tested for all STD's? Can I get herpes from someone else that has no sores??

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 more

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Where can I get tested for herpes?

Where can I get tested for herpes?

Any doctor or clinic: Any doctor's office or clinic should be able to test for herpes, either with a swab specimen from a lesion or by blood test. ...Read more

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Should someone get tested for herpes without ever having symptoms?

Should someone get tested for herpes without ever having symptoms?

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

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Why do people say you shouldn't get tested for herpes what is wrong with the test?

Why do people say you shouldn't get tested for herpes what is wrong with the test?

I do not know: If concerned for std's, there is no problem getting tested. Genital herpes can have many "negative" connotations associated with it and cause a lot of stress and anxiety, so maybe some people say don't get tested? ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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

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Do pregnant women get tested for herpes?

Do pregnant women get tested for herpes?

Sometimes: It is not routine to test for herpes during pregnancy. However, iit is certainly done when indicated. ...Read more

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Is there a way for a minor to get tested for herpes without their parent having to take them?

Is there a way for a minor to get tested for herpes without their parent having to take them?

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 ...Read more

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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?

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?

Herpes: It could be challenging and confusing to diagnose. Incubation could be 2-12 day after exposure. You may have painfulf burning blister, burning with urination or no symptoms. May be shedding (passing virus) with no symptoms. Blood test could be negative so repeat it in 6-12 weeks. Testing fresh blister tends to be more sensitive if clinically suspicious is better to treat even if test is neg. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Where do I get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Where do I get tested for herpes simplex 1?

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

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So can I get tested for herpes simplex even if haven't had an outbreak?

So can I get tested for herpes simplex even if haven't had an outbreak?

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 more

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Please help docs! Where do I go to get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Please help docs! Where do I go to get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to kiss somoene after they have a herpes cold sore outbreak?

Fever blister: You can still shed/pass virus when not having symptoms/blisters. Is up to you when to kiss. Most won't kiss when visible because it does not look good, and it hurts. So the answer is, when you decide. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for herpes? I've had several pelvic exams, blood drawn, urine analysis. What else can be done? Idk if its warts I had hpv

How do you get tested for herpes? I've had several pelvic exams, blood drawn, urine analysis. What else can be done? Idk if its warts I had hpv

History and physical: Urinalysis is worthless as a diagnostic tool, the herpes 2 bloodwork is infamous unreliable, and examination between outbreaks is not helpful. You might have the opportunity to have the suspect lesions seen during a flare -- herpes comes and goes, warts are more likely to remain constant, and there are other lesions that can do either. Good luck and stay proactive. ...Read more

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If never had blister or sore on penis or mouth, is it good idea to get tested for herpes? Last encounter year and half ago

Your Call: There really is no clinical reason to check but if you are concerned that you may have any STD (maybe because of an exposure) then it never hurts to be checked either. It really depends on how worried you are. If it makes you feel better, get checked. Most local health departments offer anonymous STD panels at little or no fee or your doctor can run these tests for you if you prefer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get results of a herpes test?

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

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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What is the shortest amount of time I can wait before getting tested for herpes 1?

What is the shortest amount of time I can wait before getting tested for herpes 1?

See someone soon: If you have never been exposed to herpes and this is your first. Lesions may appear before your igm antibodies (the first to be formed). So blood work immediately will only tell you if you have had a previous exposure and not known it. Medication now a days (acyclovir and valacyclovir) are very good at curing and preventing outbreaks. Obviously if there's an actual vesicle. It can be swabbed. ...Read more

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When u get tested for stud and came out negative does that mean you don't have herpes as well or is it a separate test?

When u get tested for stud and came out negative does that mean you don't have herpes as well or is it a separate test?

Depends: You need to ask what was tested. Sometimes your doctor only tests for some of the STDs. Herpes frequently isn't tested unless you are having symptoms. Each STD has a different test. Some are tested by drawing blood and some by getting cultures of the cervix. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I got tested postive for herpes and my partner got tested negative when should he go get tested again. There any way that he can catch it.

I got tested postive for herpes and my partner got tested negative when should he go get tested again. There any way that he can catch it.

Test during outbreak: Herpes is most commonly transmitted through sexual intercourse. The tests for herpes aren't perfect. They are most sensitive during an outbreak. If your partner isn't having an outbreak, the test may be negative, even though he is a carrier of the virus. If you have only ever had one sexual partner, that is probably where you caught it. If you have had more than one, its hard to know. ...Read more

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How long does it take for herpes to get in your blood?

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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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?

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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I had sex recently and think I might have contracted herpes. How can I get tested?

I had sex recently and think I might have contracted herpes. How can I get tested?

See a GYN or derm: Why do you think this? If there are lesions, have them cultured. The blood test will not turn pos until 2 weeks. If the blood test is pos before then, it indicates previous infection. The blood test can differentiate type 1 (cold sore on face) from type 2 (genital) herpes. If there is concern, Acyclovir or valacyclovir are very effective & completely safe. If in doubt take either of these pills. ...Read more

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Dear doctors on ht. Thank you for answerin my? S. I m stressed for 2mo now. I will get tested, pray4me. Hope I dint catch herpes. Want 2 say 2u thanku

Dear doctors on ht. Thank you for answerin my? S. I m stressed for 2mo now. I will get tested, pray4me. Hope I dint catch herpes. Want 2 say 2u thanku

You are in my prayer: Your are in my prayers. Others will read this and pray for you also. God's blessings and the healing power of the holy spirit be with you. ...Read more

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I went to health deparment to see if I had herpes and both nurse r ninty nine% I do but don't test for it can I still get tested 5 days in?

I went to health deparment to see if I had herpes and both nurse r ninty nine% I do but don't test for it can I still get tested 5 days in?

If active lesions: This is generally a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical findings. If needed scrapings from the base of the unroofed blister can be examined under the microscope and yield a probable diagnosis, but generally serologic tests are relatively not valuable. ...Read more

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Tested positive for herpes, type 1- >8.0 ai herpes type 2- 3.7 ai does this mean by the level type 2 was recent? I heard over 5 means u had it longer

Reading Herpes Tests: I would caution you against these assumptions. These tests should be read and positive (one has been exposed and infected) or negative (one does not have evidence of exposure and infection). Trying to guess when one was exposed will never be correct from these numbers. ...Read more