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If one is concerned about recent exposure to hsv, how long to wait before blood test to be sure?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Three ,months

Three months should be sufficient, 6 months if you wish to be more certain.

In brief: Three ,months

Three months should be sufficient, 6 months if you wish to be more certain.
Dr. Timothy Brown
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 6 weeks

There are basically two ways to confirm herpes exposure.
One is to swab an active lesion while it is present. This test comes back in a few days. The other way is to draw an antibody. It take 6 weeks after exposure before your body to form antibodies. Six weeks after exposure if your antibody test is negative then you did not acquire it.

In brief: 6 weeks

There are basically two ways to confirm herpes exposure.
One is to swab an active lesion while it is present. This test comes back in a few days. The other way is to draw an antibody. It take 6 weeks after exposure before your body to form antibodies. Six weeks after exposure if your antibody test is negative then you did not acquire it.
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