Doctor insights on:
Can You Have Herpes And Test Negative
Sort of: Herpes in both forms (oral & genital) itself is manageable for most patients with meds. Gential herpes can be very painful during an outbreak but other times not an issue. You can pass it to your partner even without active lesions but some people seem to not get it as easily so your partner can remain negative. Remember, you are not bad because you have it, but you should let partners know. ...Read more
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
Depends: It depends on what the test was for. If the test was a pcr for hsv genetic material, it just means you don't see it in the bloodstream; it's not very useful ruling out the infection. If it is an antibody test, then you need to see if both hsv1 and hsv2 were tested; all that test means is exposure at some point in time to hsv. ...Read more
PCR is the best test:
Serologic blood tests for antibodies can differentiate HSV-1 from HSV-2. However, if this is a recent infection it may take several weeks for serology to be (+) for HSV.
Culture of the lesions will usually be (+) if you have a blister or ulceration due to HSV, but can give false negative results.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for HSV DNA and is much more sensitive (few false negatives) ...Read more
Can you test negative for herpes but still have it? I tested positive for herpes, but my boyfriend of two years did not.
When u get tested for stud and came out negative does that mean you don't have herpes as well or is it a separate test?
Partner is neg. I tested neg at almost 4.5 wks with ag/ab 4th gen test. Can this change and can herpes cause me to test positive later if I am pos+?
Ultrasound: The best way you have to find out where you stabd is have your doctor order a pregnancy ultrasound. ...Read more
Depends: That depends on the test. A blood test will remain positive but a veal culture will be positive only with active infection. ...Read more
Depends on timing: False negatives can occur, especially if the ulcer is cultured too late, after healing has already begun. False negatives are less likely to occur when the culture is taken from an intact vessicle (blister) that has been opened for the purpose of the culture, or from a very fresh ulcer. ...Read more
If your gyno says she's 98% :sure it looks like u have herpes but both tests come back negative. What else could It be?
Herpes: None of the tests are 100%. Sometimes clinical findings are more apropriate. ...Read more
Neg herpes test 4months post exposure. What is the chance it would be neg due to IgG levels being low if I was having a recurrence?
Wrong test: The IgM test isn't helpful. The igg test is far more useful. ...Read more
Contagious but...: Herpes is a contagious std which is at its most contagious when you have active lesions. When lesions are not present, the disease can still be contagious but less so. Things that can reduce the odds of spreading to your partner are avoiding sex with active lesions, using anti-viral suppressive meds daily (your doc can help with this) and condoms, but nothing is perfect. Try www. Herpes. Org for info. ...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
How likely is it for a herpes culture test to be a false negative if I went within the first few days of my outbreak?
10%: The test is 90% accurate in this scenario you described. ...Read more
How accurant the culture test for the geniatl herpes? I got the result negative. Dose that mean for sure I don't have herpes?
Me and my boyfriend both got tested for herpes after sleeping with each other. His test came back positive and mine came back negative. How?
This is very common: When one person in a couple has genital herpes due to type 2 herpes simplex virus (HSV2), It's transmitted less than once for every 100 episodes of unproteced vaginal sex, maybe only 1 in 1, 000. Even lower for HSV1. So it's very common for one person to test positive (from a past relationship) and the other to be negative. Speak together with doctor about how to prevent future transmission. ...Read more
Diagnosed with herpes in 5/2012. I got the IgG test done 5 months later 10/2012. It came back negative. What does this mean? Is there a better test?
I had herpes type 1 and 2 test which came negative. After 2 months I have itchy and mild testical pain. I'm worried any one please tell me what is wrong?
Likely OK.: I don't know what your history is but if you had/have a herpes infection, you likely would have noticed skin lesions that could be irritating at some point in time. Many times there can be no symptoms but if you have this there would be some kind of outbreak at some point in time. The tests include tzank prep. Of scrapings that show giant cells, cultures are pos. In 48-96 h, elisa+pcr are great. ...Read more
Doesn't make sense: If there was only one test, this doesn't make sense. Clarify the test result with your doctor. The only possibility might be if two different tests were done. If you have a new HSV-2 infection, you might have had a positive culture or PCR test from a herpes sore, but a negative blood test. It takes several weeks for the blood tests to turn positive. ...Read more
Not exactly: It is not so much the blood test is wrong, as it might be too early after infection to show up. Culture only positive if "catches" the organism to grow. There are a couple of types of herpes (hsv1/hsv2) as well. Usual to repeat blood work after 3-6 months if equivocal results. ...Read more
My doc said he was testing me for "both types" of herpes. They called and said both were negative. Was this a type specific test?
What is the question: ??? Why this test? Do you have a suspicious lesion or symptoms? Have you been exposed to a person known to carry herpes? If you have ACUTE symptoms, less than 2 weeks, it may be too early for a positive blood test. Blood negative for both indicates that you do not carry either herpes virus unless it is a very recent infection. ...Read more
What are odds of false negative for herpes blood test if sexually inactive for a year but have some common symptoms? Test was. 63.
1 to 4:
25% of people in this country have herpes, but 90% don't know it.
False negative tests from labs these days is rare.
If you have herpes simplex I (2/3 are oral) then this is a very common problem -- cold sores.
If you have hsv ii (2/3 are genital), then you may have more prolonged/painful lesions that require valtrex/acyclovir treatment. Herpes is forever. This blood test tells you your history. ...Read more