How Soon Can I Get Tested for STDs After Unprotected Sex for Herpes?

Genital Herpes

How Long Should I Wait?
4-6 Weeks
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Why That Time-Frame?

The average incubation period for Genital Herpes is 4 to 6 weeks. If you get tested before this time has elapsed, it is recommended that you test again to confirm your results once the incubation period has passed.

If I Test Positive,
Do I Need to Get Retested After Treatment?

No, HSV-2 remains in your system for life. If you test negative, retest after 3 months to confirm the initial result.

The Right Time to Test for STDs

The timing for when to get STD tested varies depending on the sexually transmitted disease because the incubation time in everyone’s system varies.