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Can a herpes blood test be negative reading if indeed you do have the virus?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

When a person initially contracts herpes, the blood test will be negative.
After the body has mounted an immune response, which may take 6 to 8 weeks, the blood test will become positive and will always be positive.

In brief: Depends

When a person initially contracts herpes, the blood test will be negative.
After the body has mounted an immune response, which may take 6 to 8 weeks, the blood test will become positive and will always be positive.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Yes

The blood tests for both type i and type ii are only intended to support a clinical diagnosis and are not all that sensitive or specific.

In brief: Yes

The blood tests for both type i and type ii are only intended to support a clinical diagnosis and are not all that sensitive or specific.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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