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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

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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 -

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

You had an infection: Herpesviruses 1 and 2 affect primarily the oral and genital areas respectively. You probably had a genital infection that was mild or misdiagnosed. ...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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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