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Doctor insights on: When A Person Have Antibodies For Herpes And Never Had Outbreaks

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Just found out have antibodies for herpes never had an outbreak or symptoms why is that?

Just found out have antibodies for herpes never had an outbreak or symptoms why is that?

Subclinical Infectio: One can be infected and mount such a good immune response that the infection never has to chance to damage the body. This is called a subclinical infection. The blood test will show that immune response. ...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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Getting frustrated. I heard you cannot tell between a recent and past exposure to herpes if you have an outbreak or antibodies?

Getting frustrated. I heard you cannot tell between a recent and past exposure to herpes if you have an outbreak or antibodies?

If no antibodies yet: A person can tell if her herpes rash (lesions) is from a past exposure or a new exposure if she did not have antibodies yet. That means she would have to have tested negative on Herpes 1 & 2 antibodies... meaning her body had no memory of a past exposure. Then, when her new herpes rash occurs, she can get her antibodies tested. If positive, she likely caught it AFTER her last negative test result ...Read more

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If I tested positive for hsv2 antibodies but have never had an outbreak/symptoms, do I actually have herpes and am I contagious?

If I tested positive for hsv2 antibodies but have never had an outbreak/symptoms, do I actually have herpes and am I contagious?

Past exposure: The antibodies are protein products produced to react against HSV 2, if you test positive you have had an exposure in the past and may carry the virus currently. So you have a risk of being contagious and should take appropriate precautions depending upon the circumstances. (joke: what's the difference between love and herpes. Answer: herpes is forever). ...Read more

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Prescribed Valtrex (valacyclovir) bc I tested positive for HSV2 antibodies blood test, but no outbreak - ok to to take even if I may not really have genital herpes?

Prescribed Valtrex (valacyclovir) bc I tested positive for HSV2 antibodies blood test, but no outbreak - ok to to take even if I may not really have genital herpes?

It depends: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is to prevent outbreaks to protect you from them and your sex partner. You may still be infectious even when there are no symptoms of an outbreak yet. If you have been monogamous, the same sex partner, it may not be necessary to take it. Have them tested and discuss with your doctor. If you are abstinent, no, you don't need to take it, realizing you could have an outbreak. ...Read more

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Positive blood test for HSV2 antibodies, does this mean I have genital herpes? I've never had an outbreak. ..I'm confused -

Herpes: Herpes blood tests can be misleading. 90% of people with antibodies to HSV2 have been exposed to genital herpes and 10% to oro-labial (mouth) herpes. The opposite is true of HSV1 - 90% have exposure to oro-labial and 10% to genital. It's possible to be exposed and have never had an outbreak. Maybe you never will. If you develop painful burning lesions around genitals or mouth it could be herpes. ...Read more

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Can a person get herpes if they touch a towel that a infected person with an outbreak just clean affected area with?

Can a person get herpes if they touch a towel that a infected person with an outbreak just clean affected area with?

Herpes: I think you may be misinformed. First, the answer is no. That would be an unlikely source of infection. Second, having a sore does not in any way predict contagiousness or viral shedding. In fact we now know that there is zero correlation between outbreaks and the level of virus in the skin or sore. ...Read more

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Read that with gen. Herpes can be asypmtomatic, or not know they have it. In most cases, will a person always have an outbreak in their life?

Read that with gen. Herpes can be asypmtomatic, or not know they have it. In most cases, will a person always have an outbreak in their life?

Herpes: Herpes is a permanent infection. 90% of those infected do not have outbreaks. They are still contagious. The only way to know if infected is with a blood test. ...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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Can you still get herpes if the person has no outbreak and only takes medication when there is an episode? And you were wearing a condom?

Can you still get herpes if the person has no outbreak and only takes medication when there is an episode? And you were wearing a condom?

Low risk: It is possible, but you have been partially protected by wearing a condom. Remember, it is stll possible to get herpes even if there are no visible sores so always protect yourself. ...Read more

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Can a person have herpes outbreak on their arm?

Can a person have herpes outbreak on their arm?

Yes: Herpes can infect virtually anywhere on the surface of the body. ...Read more

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Would special circumstances of normal person getting herpes antibody test would be if I had a lot of sex partners?

Would special circumstances of normal person getting herpes antibody test would be if I had a lot of sex partners?

Get tested for STDs: You need to get tested for more than just herpes. It would be prudent to consult a gynecologist to decide which Sexually transmitted diseases you should be tested for. You are young enough that you should HPV vaccination. ...Read more

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Docs, could a person get herpes from touching a penis when there is no outbreak?

Docs, could a person get herpes from touching a penis when there is no outbreak?

Possible...: Generally speaking, herpetic outbreak with visible lesions is the prime time to be contagious and infectious, but not at 100%. Remember being exposed to doesn't equate to contracting it; contracting it doesn't mean going to develop its related disease. So, life is a chnaging, adjusting dynamic process of constant struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty for survival, growth... ...Read more

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Hello, I wanted to know could you get oral herpes from kissing a person and smoking after a person if they do not have an outbreak? I've went to the d

Hello, I wanted to know could you get oral herpes from kissing a person and smoking after a person if they do not have an outbreak? I've went to the d

Yes: But most people already carry this virus. Probably you are one of them. 90% of people colonized by hsv-1 have no symptoms and are not aware that they are infected. If you already carry this virus there is no risk from exposure to it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for herpes IgM antibodies to disappear - for a person to test negative after exposure?

Herpes simplex: Positive test results for hsv-2 indicate genital herpes. If this was igm then in 6-8 weeks it should convert to igg antibodies, but this is immaterial. Either you have this or you don't and once you have it, it will remain with you for the rest of your life. We do not yet have a cure for herpes simplex viral infection. ...Read more

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If one partner has herpes but no outbreak during intercourse how long after sexual intercourse will the other person have an outbreak?

If one partner has herpes but no outbreak during intercourse how long after sexual intercourse will the other person have an outbreak?

Maybe, maybe not: 70% of people contract genital herpes when the partner does not have an outbreak. Taking antiviral meds will help to reduce the chance of passing it to your partner. As to when the other partner might have an outbreak, that is variable and when an outbreak occurs depends on may factors, such as stress and your immune system. ...Read more

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Can you give a person genital herpes if you never have an outbreak? What's the chances of a female having children if she has genital herpes?

Can you give a person genital herpes if you never have an outbreak? What's the chances of a female having children if she has genital herpes?

If you carry the: Herpes simplex virus then it can shed virus even when you don't have an outbreak. Having herpes simplex infection does not mean a woman can't have a baby - but the issue of potentially infecting the baby at birth needs to be addressed. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more