How long do symptoms appear after contact?

h3>Dear Dr. Tom:

How long do symptoms appear after contact?

Dr. Tom’s Response:

Dear Anonymous:

The infectious response to herpetic exposure varies widely. One man reported to us on the web page that he experienced penile discomfort within a few hours after cuddling, but not having intercourse with his wife who was undergoing a recurrence. Many report experiencing symptoms within 6-8 days following exposure. Young children seem to acquire HSV-1 at an early age and go into asymptomatic latency which can last for years.


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