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Is there an over the counter test for herpes

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is there an over the counter test for herpes
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: OB GYN
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OB GYN Doctor: Dr. Kala, OB/GYN (Doctor) replied 8 years ago
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Unfortunately the best test for herpes is a blood test and there are no over the counter tests herpes. The blood test can be ordered by your physician so an exam is not necessary. You should not that it can take form 2 weeks to 3 months for your body to develop the antibodies that are tested for so it is best to wait for 3 months after exposure to repeat the test.

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what are early symptoms to know if i have herpes?
OB GYN Doctor: Dr. Kala, OB/GYN (Doctor) replied 8 years ago
There may not be any symptoms initially. Some people develops low grade fever. But it may be weeks or months before an outbreak occurs. Outbreaks typically cause pain in the genital or anal area there may be blisters or small tears. Many times these symptoms are so minimal they get overlooked or misdiagnosed.

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