What is the window period for herpes test?
would have a definitive answer by 6 months
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After 7 years the result should definitely be positive if the virus was present.
The tests for herpes 1 and 2 are highly accurate .
Tests can have window periods, this is the time from infection till when a test can accurately, without little to no error, say if the infection is present.
The window period for herpes 1 and 2 tests is up to 6 months, this means that after 6 months, the test would give a definitive answer.
So this means that you are definitely not positive.
It is possible that it was shingles if you had a child hood history of chicken pox but unless it recurs and your doctor can take a look at it, it would be difficult to know
I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
can occur anywhere
Test would give an definitive answer by this time.
HSV 1 is common, found in large set of populations, most commonly causes lesions around the mouth but can cause genital lesions due to oral sex and transfer of the virus.
Shingles can show up in any region of the body.
I have seen persons have it in that area but can also occur anywhere else.
Please feel free to ask anything else
Sorry about the late reply
Glad to have eased your mind
If anything else unclear, can let me know
Thank you. I have had 4 tests in the past 2 years. All negative. I just wanted to be sure because I am dating again and it is on my mind. Thank you
if the same result is obtained over a period of years, then accurate
While there is a risk of a small amount of error with a single test, but when the test is repeated over a period of years with the same result then the chance of error is extremely extremely unlikely.
The chance of a false negative result would decrease substantially with each repeated negative result
While it is understandable to be concerned, your chance of error after 7 yrs of testing, is neglible
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