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Can you get a false positive herpes test if it's by swob? Should you get a blood test to know for a fact? And can folliculitis be mistaken for herpes?

Can you get a false positive herpes test if it's by swob? Should you get a blood test to know for a fact? And can folliculitis be mistaken for herpes?

False pos very rare: False positive tests for herpes simplex virus (HSV) (culture or PCR) are extremely rare and you probably don't need a blood test. However, a blood test still may be useful, e.g. to help tell new herpes from a recurrent outbreak, or if for some reason the virus type (HSV1 or 2) wasn't determined from the swab test. Folliculitis and herpes can be confused, but rarely by an experienced clinician. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

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


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I get a tiny cut on my perineum semi often. Blood test for herpes negative. No itching, stings faintly if I keep touching it. No sex for a long time. ?

I get a tiny cut on my perineum semi often. Blood test for herpes negative. No itching, stings faintly if I keep touching it. No sex for a long time. ?

Perineum: Simple cut in the perineum possibly related to shaving but no obvious infection redness or drainage therefore no need for further workup or antibiotics unless it worsens over the next few weeks ...Read more

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I had a blood test and the diagnose me and said i was exposed to herpes but my partern don't have it and i think i don't had patern of it should I get?

Elusive germ: The blood test is a specific indicator that you have developed antibodies to a specific germ. Herpes can go into hibernation and not be evident to those who do not have outbreaks. There is also some crossover in the strain of herpes that causes cold sores with the one that causes genital disease. Please discuss your concerns with your doc. If not having outbreaks, i would be aware but not worry. ...Read more

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Is 7 weeks after exposure enough time to get an accurate genital herpes blood test done?

Is 7 weeks after exposure enough time to get an accurate genital herpes blood test done?

Usually: 4-6 weeks post exposure is usually the amount of time considered necessary for a igg blood test to be appropriate. ...Read more

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How could i get tested for genital herpes and herpes isn't there a blood test and if so is it always correct?

How could i get tested for genital herpes and herpes isn't there a blood test and if so is it always correct?

Test: Yes. Herpes is best diagnosed with a blood test. There are two versions, one for an acute exposure and one to see if a previous infection has occurred. ...Read more

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Will genital herpes show up on a blood test required to get married?

Usually not tested: Different states have different requirements for pre-marital tests. While a blood test can detect history or infection with herpes, I do not know that any state requires it. If you have genital herpes, you owe it to your potential spouse/partner to disclose it. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex with someone 1 week ago and today she just found out her ex tested positive for hsv2. I went to get a herpes blood test today. Is it too soon to show up? How accurate is it?

I had unprotected sex with someone 1 week ago and today she just found out her ex tested positive for hsv2.  I went to get a herpes blood test today. Is it too soon to show up? How accurate is it?

Herpes Testing : It is way too early to be tested from that possible exposure. But, with the new herpes tests you should know your status. We now know that 90% of those with herpes do not have sores and often do not know that they may be infected. Good 'early' and 'aged' antibody testing for this exposure would be best at about six weeks or so. ...Read more

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