I get this question a lot. There are a few things to understand about herpes before we can discuss testing.
Firstly, herpes is a sexually transmitted infection and the only way to really acquire it is through sexual activity. There is no consistent pattern to when the lesions may appear. They may appear a few days after sexual activity or they may appear after many years.
While there are blood tests available to see if you have been exposed to the herpes virus, they are not as acurate as we would like. The best way to confirm a diagnosis is still to have a qualified doctor examine the genital lesions.
I hope this helps.
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