A 50-year-old female asked:
Can someone with genital herpes have a western blot when there's no outbreak?ive had hsv1 on mouth many times,blood test said hsv2 1.25 & hsv1 5.0
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlanderanswered
Pathology 46 years experience
Of course: These serologic tests tell you nothing about whether you ever have outbreaks. Many of us question their value except in confirming clinical suspicion of active or episodic infection.
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Dr. Claude Parolaanswered
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
HSV western blot: A western blot is perform to confirm an ELISA positive test ( antibody detection). When an antibody is detected , it doesn't tell 100% of the time if it is because of HSV or from any other virus, so to determine if it is due to HSV for example, certain protein from a known sample of HSV is made to react with the antibody detected to see if it is from HSV or not, active infection isn't necessary
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Last updated Sep 29, 2016
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