A 24-year-old male asked:
Can a blood test be determined if a man has genital herpes?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Yes and no....: A blood test can tell whether someone is infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) and/or HSV2. It doesn't tell if genital or oral; that requires symptoms and/or testing of an outbreak for the virus. Most HSV1 is oral, some genital; almost all HSV2 is genital. The tests aren't perfect, but if you have symptoms that suggest GH or an infected partner, testing can be helpful.
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Last updated Apr 29, 2015
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