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Can You Test For Herpes With A Blood Test
Herpes testing: There are two ways to test for herpes. The first is to directly swab the lesion during an outbreak to detect the virus. This is the most definitive but only can be done during an outbreak. The second is a blood test for HSV 2 IgG antibody. This confirms a past exposure. A pap smear is a screening test for precancerous cells of the cervix and is not related to herpes. ...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
<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
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
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
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
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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