A 32-year-old member asked:

Will genital herpes show up on a blood test required to get married?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Usually not tested: Different states have different requirements for pre-marital tests. While a blood test can detect history or infection with herpes, I do not know that any state requires it. If you have genital herpes, you owe it to your potential spouse/partner to disclose it.
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Can a blood test be determined if a man has genital herpes?
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Provided original answer
If you get tested for HSV, be sure to ask only for immunoglobulin g (IgG) testing only. Do not have an IgM test, even though it is routinely offered by many labs. The HSV IgM tests are notoriously unreliable. The results are never useful, and experts in herpes, STDs, and infectious diseases never recomomend or rely on them.
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Is there a blood test which tests for genital herpes? Im pregnant and need to know.
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