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Can Blood Test Detect Herpes
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Can also do culture: If the clinical picture of blisters was very obvious, doc may say you don't need a blood test because it was "obvious". However, it is good to know which types of virus you might have as there are types i ; ii. A swab of the blisters can also be cultured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
<2 weeks: It usually take1-2 weeks for a healthy immune system to produce IgM anti-bodies to a viral infection. There are 2 types of herpes simplex 1 and 2, so both tests are available. If a patient has IgG herpes antibodies then the patient has already been exposed 'some time ago.' hope that helps. ...Read more
Not really: The labs aren't 100% sensitive or specific. But if neither partner has had symptoms, there's no reason to believe the couple is infected. Wondering why you ask. Best wishes. ...Read more
My dr.Didn't give the herpes blood test because i didn't have sores or discomfort should I had the test. Heard from some 1 that my ex might have it?
Why?: Labs for herpes i and herpes ii antibodies are far from completely sensitive or specific. If you have no symptoms, you're not going to do anything different even if you've met herpes ii, and you can't make others sick. I'm sorry your relationship failed, but you're not tainted. You have other health issues and life is hard enough even if you are fully well. Don't trouble yourself; move on. ...Read more
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