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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
No: A positive antibody means you're infected with herpes. That doesn't mean you're developing outrbreaks, but it does mean that you at least have latent ... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes: It's not uncommon for people who never show herpes i or ii lesions to have antibodies. Whether this means they ever met the virus at all is unknown.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Mandel
40 years experience General Practice
Yes!: False positive test results are test results which say a person has a disease or condition when they don't actually have it. False positive results ca ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Blass
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Always remember never say always or never. Certainly labs can accidentally mishandle a specimen. A culture, if positive, is good evidence of hsv inf ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Considine
30 years experience Family Medicine
Fairly Small: Not too likely as a culture is the actual organism itself that was cultured from the patient's lesion in question. Unless it is a mislabeled specimen ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Unlikely: A false positive result would be extremely unusual. It would require either laboratory contamination or a clerical or technician error in which the r ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Depends upon the test to which you are referring. Valtrex (valacyclovir) may diminish the presence of virus in the skin or mucous membranes lesions a ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Rarely if ever: False positive results are very unlikely for HSV culture. If the test was actually a DNA test (PCR test), there is a slightly higher chance of false p ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Herpes tests: Bacteria in the urine should not affect a herpes culture or detection of herpes antibodies in a blood specimen
A female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
False pos very rare: False positive tests for herpes simplex virus (HSV) (culture or PCR) are extremely rare and you probably don't need a blood test. However, a blood tes ... Read More
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