If antibodies to the virus are present, the person has been infected with herpes simplex at some point in his or her life. If the infection is very recent, a few weeks to a month, antibodies may not be detected, but a person may still be infected.
Can herpes antibodies go away?
It may take between six and eight weeks to detect antibodies in a herpes blood test after first becoming infected with HSV. Also, antibodies may disappear with time, especially if the person has infrequent recurrences of herpes.
How long do herpes antibodies last?
The time required for the development of IgG antibodies following HSV infection varies from 21 to over 42 days with most individuals having detectable IgG 21–28 days after exposure to the infection and probably lasting for life.7–,9 IgM antibodies are usually detectable 9–10 days after exposure and last 7–14 days,
What can be mistaken for herpes antibodies?
Herpes symptoms can be mistaken for many other things, including:A different STI which causes visible lesions, such as Syphilis or genital warts (HPV)Irritation caused by shaving.Ingrown hairs.Bacterial vaginosis (BV)Pimples.Yeast infections.Haemorrhoids.Bug bites.
Can you be a carrier of herpes and not test positive?
April 12, 2011 -- Even if they dont show any sign of infection, people carrying the genital herpes virus can infect a sex partner 10% of the time.
Does testing positive for herpes antibodies mean I have herpes?
If your test result is positive, it can mean that you have an active herpes infection without symptoms. It can also mean that you had an HSV infection in the past. The antibody blood test is not as reliable as culturing a sample from a herpes sore.
Will herpes show up on a blood test if it is dormant?
If you have the herpes virus and your body has produced antibodies, it can be detected on a blood test, even if you have no symptoms. The only time the virus might not be detected on a test (after youve contracted it) is if youve been tested too early.