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How long does it take for oral herpes to show up

Question Posted Saturday November 7 2009, 12:34 am

My boyfriend has herpes on his lip. He has a lot of coldsores during the winter when his immune system is lowered by colds and flus. I feel really bad for him so I read a lot about herpes.

Well, yesterday I read that if I kiss him while he has a herpes sore then I could catch herpes. He has a sore right now and I kissed him yesterday A LOT! How long does it take for oral herpes to show up? When will I have my first outbreak if I do have herpes?

And how long will oral herpes take to show up on a STD test? I will be going for a test next month just to make sure everything is alright with me and I'm curious if I contracted herpes if it will show up on the test by that time...
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Peeps answered Saturday November 7 2009, 12:43 am:
The first outbreak usually occurs in or around the [infected or exposed] area between 3 days and 2 weeks after exposure to the virus. In rare instances a person never has an initial outbreak and will only show positive for the virus through blood STD screenings (IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST request to be checked for herpes, specifically, if you are going for an STD test since they typically do not test for it!).

One of most contagious times is about 2 weeks before the actual outbreak until, roughly, 2 weeks after the outbreak has completely cleared up. The extremely contagious time is when the sore is visible, open or weeping.

If you have contracted herpes your STD test will probably show positive for HSV-1 (typically the oral herpes strain) by the time you have your first outbreak. If you do not have your initial outbreak (yes, some people never have one but still contract it) then you will still show positive within the month, most likely. If you have an outbreak it is advised to get it swabbed and tested to ensure it is HSV-1 oral herpes and not something else or HSV-2 genital herpes on your mouth.

Be safe and try to refrain from coming in contact with the infected area so that you don't risk any more exposure to the virus.

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