How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask TheGermDoctor Your Own Question
TheGermDoctor, Doctor
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 1664
Experience:  17 years as a physician, Board Certified in both Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine.
Type Your Health Question Here...
TheGermDoctor is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

how long does it take to get herpes test results

Resolved Question:

how long does it take to get herpes test results?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 7 years ago.

Which test are you refering to?

There are culture tests, rapid tests and antibody tests.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
For all of them....?
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 7 years ago.



There is a point of care rapid test that gives results quite quickly- within an hour .

A doctor can do a swab of a lesion and a Tzank smear- also takes only a couple hours if read by a lab.


A culture of a smaple can take a couple days to a week.


The antibody test has a 2-5 day turn around time, but will depend on how soon it gets to the lab, and how often the lab runs the test.


There are DNA tests that have turn around times under 24 hours, but again depend on when the lab runs it ( some labs may only do a given test a couple times a week).


I hope that helps.


Always ask if you need clarification/more information.

If I have answered your question, please click the ACCEPT button so I can get my credit.

POSITIVE feedback & a BONUS are warmly appreciated.
Please note that answers are for information only, do not take the place of an assessment by your doctor,
and does not establish a patient-physician relationship.

TheGermDoctor and 2 other Health Specialists are ready to help you

Related Health Questions