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Can You Detect Herpes In A Blood Test
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
Usually 2 to 3 weeks: Sometimes 3 months. Be sure to differentiate type 1 from type 2. Most people have no symptoms and will not know they have it until the blood test shows it. If there are symptoms, the blood test will be negative at first. Most people become positive to type 1 as children. If there is primary (1st time) infection, the diagnosis is made by exam and culture. ...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
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