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Herpes testing without outbreak

A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Why do it?: Often it's good to remember the very basics. If you won't use the test results to make a decision about what you'll do, don't do the test. Nobody even ... Read More

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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Do: Need igm test to make sure and test could be repeated weeks later.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Herpes and HIV: I may be missing something in your question but an HIV test will not ever also test for herpes and vice versa. They are different tests. If you know ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
19 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Lots of people say never had an outbreak yet they test positive. That means in the past they were exposed to virus and developed antibody. It is hard ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Yes: It will usually show whether you have been exposed or not to herpes. 85% of population has been exposed.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience Dermatology
Antibodies: If you have had outbreaks in the past, then you know you have antibodies. I do not see any reason to have it tested now.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Berryman
53 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Herpes I/II negative: Negative testing via IgG antibodies is difficult to explain, except for possible lab error. If another "classic outbreak occurs", get a repeat IgM t ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Sounds like herpes: Typical story for initial genital herpes. I hope your genital sore(s) were tested for HSV by PCR or culture (PCR is best). If positive, make sure the ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Shingles?: It can, but this always raises the possibility of shingles (herpes zoster), which causes a painful linear band of blisters on one side of the body. S ... Read More

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