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what is herpes western blot test? what does this show?

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Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: The testing for antibodies to this virus is usually done by elisa assay. Confirmatory testing can be done using the western blot technique (which is too complex to explain here). These tests simply show whether or not you have antibodies to the herpes simplex virus, and if you do it means you were infected at some time, not necessarily when or where.
Answered on Apr 5, 2019

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