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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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