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A 26-year-old female asked:

I scratched tissue roughly from bad yeast infection nurse decided to do a hsv culture w/ reflex typing just incase what does reflex typying mean?

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Dr. Megan Debell
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Type of Herpes Test: Hi Ryan - Sometimes a yeast infection and a Herpes or HSV infection can cause similar symptoms of irritation in the genital area. The nurse is being cautious and helping make sure that Herpes is not the cause of the irritation. There are two types of HSV, HSV 1 and HSV 2. A reflex test asks the laboratory to determine which type of HSV it is only if EITHER type of HSV is detected to begin with.
Dr. Robert Sterling
A Verified Doctoranswered
46 years experience
Doin' The Two-Step: When an initial test is positive for something(like your Herpes test),the Reflex test may then be done to further hone -n to what specific Type of problem it is(in your case Herpes Type 1or2).This is done as a confirmation of the first test and identifies the specific type of , in this case, virus it is.Sounds like your nurse wanted to see if you also had Herpes.Just think of it as a two-step test
Last updated May 1, 2015

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