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How reliable are genital herpes blood tests vs cultures?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Active vs past: Blood tests can detect exposure to the herpes virus but do not tell if there is active infection. Molecular testing of the affected cells/tissue is more practical than culture for ascertaining active infection.
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