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PREU89

How can you tell???

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PREU89

Can you tell if the herpes you're diagnosed with something you got recently or a long time ago? Can the antibodies that show up in your results tell you how recent it is? I had a boyfriend almost two years ago who suffered of cold sores can he have been the one to have given me the the type 2 and is it possible that I only had symptoms now almost two years ago???

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catiesmom

The only way to know how old an infection is is to get blood tested right away and have it come out negative. It takes from 4-16 weeks to develop enough antibodies to show up in a blood test, so if you can catch it in those first 4 or so weeks, you might be able to tell if it's a new infection. If you've waited over 4 weeks and test positive, there's no way to tell.

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justwondering123

And yes it is possible, not the most probable if you have had recent partners though. 40% of coldsores are caused by type 2 herpes.

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