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

Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Martin Raff
Agree with Dr. Diamond. The problem with Herpes is that once you are infected it remains in your body the rest of your life, and always has the potential to produce symptoms at a later time if your immune system is compromised in some fashion.
Ken Starnes
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Immune response
You were exposed to the herpes virus at some point (most people are).
When that occurs, plasma cells in your blood create antibodies, which are chains of proteins that help your immune response mount a more effective defense if you are exposed again by binding to the virus. Immune cells then recognize the antibody coated invaders and attempt to destroy them.

In brief: Immune response
You were exposed to the herpes virus at some point (most people are).
When that occurs, plasma cells in your blood create antibodies, which are chains of proteins that help your immune response mount a more effective defense if you are exposed again by binding to the virus. Immune cells then recognize the antibody coated invaders and attempt to destroy them.
Ken Starnes
Ken Starnes
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