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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Testing for Herpes: Yes. You can get a herpes test at your physician's office.

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
The PCR blood: test does not require you to have active lesions to diagnose.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
18 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: There are various herpes tests, including tests that specifically identify for hsv-1 and hsv-2.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
51 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Wait for tests: It can be as short as 1 day or ir the test must be sent out to a lab outside your facility then 2-4 days.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Herpes blood test: should be accurate regardless. Externally, you can be shedding with or without visible lesions.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
More info needed: "Worried" about herpes usually isn't a good enough reason for a blood test. And the blood tests for HSV aren't perfect. If you have been exposed to so ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes tests: It depends on the test. A swab test (culture or PCR) from a herpes blister or sore is always accurate if positive; and usually if negative, if the sor ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
14 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: It depends on what the test was for. If the test was a pcr for hsv genetic material, it just means you don't see it in the bloodstream; it's not very ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Herpes testing: The likelihood is very low. When you get pregnant they test for herpes because having herpes during delivery is a risk to the infant. How will it cha ... Read More
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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