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A 20-year-old female asked:

gynocologist wouldnt blood test for herpes1&2 w/out outbreak cause the cell structure is similar but std clinics do it all the time, r the tests accura?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
HerpeSelect test: One can ask her primary care doctor (family medicine doctor or internal medicine doctor) to order the herpeselect blood test. It is accurate in showing if a person has herpes 1 and/or herpes 2, but does not say how contagious the person is nor when nor how often her outbreaks might occur. Be sure to offer to pay cash for the test if one's insurance won't pay for it.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
New Doctor Needed: I am sorry to inform you but you need a new physician. That is one of the most outrageous stories I have heard about the very necessary testing for herpes that all sexually active adults need. Herpes blood tests are the standard. They are very accurate. 90% of people infected with herpes do not have outbreaks. Your physician sounds like a quack.

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