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Does the STD herpes have to be present at the time to test positive ?
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Dr. PHILLIP KIM
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Herpes carrier status continues to test positive irrespective of breakouts.
Transmission can still occur without eruptions.

In brief: No
Herpes carrier status continues to test positive irrespective of breakouts.
Transmission can still occur without eruptions.
Dr. PHILLIP KIM
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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
The blood test for hsv- herpes simplex virus measures antibodies- the bodies' response to an infection.
So the actual virus does not have to be active on the skin to see antibodies -- there are different antibodies IgG and IgM - which can help with deciding how long the exposure has been.

In brief: No
The blood test for hsv- herpes simplex virus measures antibodies- the bodies' response to an infection.
So the actual virus does not have to be active on the skin to see antibodies -- there are different antibodies IgG and IgM - which can help with deciding how long the exposure has been.
Dr. David Wyatt
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