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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience in Dermatology
Hard to say: Yes it is possible this was herpes. I would wait to see if it happens again and then see a doctor. Herpes looks like a group of small blisters in one ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Accurate if positive: If a lesions test positive for herpes by culture, it is herpes. Inability to culture the virus does not exclude herpes.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Possible: Testing in general is accurate, however there are always chances of false negative testing. This can vary from test to test, but generally describes ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
Depends on symptoms: It is possible to have herpes (genital, oral, or shingles) and still have a negative culture or PCR test for the virus, especially if the outbreak is ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Culture of clinical materials for the presence of this organism are very accurate.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience in Pathology
Very, other tests.: I don't know what your history is but if you had/have a herpes infection, you likely would have noticed skin lesions that could be irritating at some ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Culture: Finds the virus itself rather than antibodies. The test is more specific, but some folks may harbor the virus without it being culturable.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jennifer Lang
22 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
A test for the virus: A herpes culture is a test performed in a microbiology or virology lab, where they use a swab from a suspicious area and try to "grow out" the herpes ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Culturing: No. Not in any way. Culture for syphilis is not the way this is diagnosed. And a culture for herpes is notoriously inaccurate. Both of these tests are ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
42 years experience in Dermatology
Herpes culture: A positive culture means that the virus was present and actually grew and multiplied in the lab. The only way it would be wrong is if the made some ki ... Read More
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