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Doctor insights on: Can You Test Negative For Herpes And Still Have It

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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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Herpes blood test negative but still having itchy breakouts?

Herpes blood test negative but still having itchy breakouts?

Herpes simplex: You need to see a doctor. Have no idea without seeing these outbreaks what they may be. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not likely: With the exception of recent infection that has not resulted in a positive antibody response, a negative blood test and history of no breakouts, is reliable in excluding herpes. ...Read more

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If I had a negative herpes blood test at three weeks and seven weeks is it possible I still could have hsv-1?

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

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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

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

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What could cause herpes like sores. But yet test negative. For herpes?

What could cause herpes like sores. But yet test negative. For herpes?

Many many things: Well first. Hundreds of types of viruses. Local mechanical trauma, electrical and thermal burns, chemical injury, irradiation, aphthous stomatitis, infection and drug induced. Its a very long differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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If 2 partners test negative for herpes by a blood test is it 100% true they do not have it?

If 2 partners test negative for herpes by a blood test is it 100% true they do not have it?

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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Is herpes bad? Can I test positive and mh partner negative?

Is herpes bad? Can I test positive and mh partner 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

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Test done for herpes came back almost positive. Does this mean I still have it?

Test done for herpes came back almost positive. Does this mean I still have it?

Herpes: 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

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If your herpes test is negative does that mean you are negative for hs1 and hs2?

If your herpes test is negative does that mean you are negative for hs1 and hs2?

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

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How accurate are type specific herpes tests? What are my chances of false negatives?

How accurate are type specific herpes tests? What are my chances of false negatives?

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

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Culture came back negative for herpes but could I still have it, should I be concerned?

Culture came back negative for herpes but could I still have it, should I be concerned?

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

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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?

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?

Depends: You need to ask what was tested. Sometimes your doctor only tests for some of the STDs. Herpes frequently isn't tested unless you are having symptoms. Each STD has a different test. Some are tested by drawing blood and some by getting cultures of the cervix. Best wishes! ...Read more

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If herpes is dormant in your body will you test negative?

If herpes is dormant in your body will you test negative?

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

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If a herpes culture/test is negative, how accurate is that result?

If a herpes culture/test is negative, how accurate is that result?

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

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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?

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?

No: Do you mean your total igg level being low or just to the hsv? If total igg is normal, then a low anti-hsv igg likely means that you have had no recent exposure. ...Read more