Top 20 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?
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