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Can You Test Negative For Herpes And Still Have It
Can you test negative for herpes but still have it? I tested positive for herpes, but my boyfriend of two years did not.
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
Test came back negative for herpes, but could still be herpes or shingles on buttcrack. Not sure whether I have to tell partners??
Herpes simplex: You need to see a doctor. Have no idea without seeing these outbreaks what they may be. ...Read more
My friend got a blood test for herpes and it came back negative. She has never had any break outs. It is still possible that she could have herpes?
If I had a negative herpes blood test at three weeks and seven weeks is it possible I still could have hsv-1?
Sure: If you just caught it after the last blood test, you would have herpes-1 now, but a negative last blood test. Herpes-1 is commonly found in people by the time they become adults. It is common enough that it is considered normal to have herpes-1 oral herpes. Usually, there is not a reason to repeated tests for herpes-1 unless a person is worried about catching it on his genitals via oral sex. ...Read more
I have ocd about stds after an encounter 7 mth ago. All test negative, still terrified of herpes/warts. Check constantly. No symptoms. Probability?
Reassurance no help: Meds & behavioral therapy are the way to go ...Read more
Fungal infect or STD? 2 negative herpes culture tests. Jockitch cream cleared up 1st time. Still redness around male urethra and occas spots on shaft
Here are some...: Glad to hear your good response to Jack Itch cream. Since, such creams usually contain anti fungal agent with steroid and direct to suppress and rid skin fungal infection, which inflict warm and moist areas like external genitalia and groins - called tine cruris. For the rashes on penile opening and shaft, you may try the same cream and see if responding in 1 wk. If not, seek pro-evaluation. ...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
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
Tests used to diagnose or screen for herpes include:
pcr blood test: the pcr blood test can tell if you have genital herpes even if you don't have symptoms. The pcr test looks for pieces of the virus' dna. This is the most common test used to diagnose genital herpes and is very accurate.
Cell culture: during the exam, your health care provider can take a sample of cells from a sore. ...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
Depends on symptoms: It is possible to have herpes (genital, oral, or shingles) and still have a negative culture or PCR test for the virus, especially if the outbreak is well on its way to healing. A blood test can check for infection, but a positive result says nothing about the part of the body affected or when infection happened. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
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?
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