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How reliable are genital herpes blood tests vs cultures?

How reliable are genital herpes blood tests vs cultures?

Active vs past: Blood tests can detect exposure to the herpes virus but do not tell if there is active infection. Molecular testing of the affected cells/tissue is more practical than culture for ascertaining active infection. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

No: No, unless you have a history of herpes or lesions that look suspicious. Sometimes a pap smear can see cells that look suspicious for herpes which may then prompt a recommendation to actually do a specific test for herpes during a subsequent office visit. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Genital herpes?

What are some of the tests for Genital herpes?

The tests for Genital herpes include:: Viral culture, Herpes culture, Herpes simplex 1 and 2 IgG and IgM, Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 DNA, HSV 1 and 2 type specific antibodies, HSV antigen detection dfa. ...Read more

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If I test positive for genital herpes how will that affect my medical insurance?

If I test positive for genital herpes how will that affect my medical insurance?

Probably not much: Probably not very much specially with the new affordable healthcare law ( obamacare) , medical insurers can not discriminate based on pre-exsisting medical conditions. ...Read more

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What test you take to diagnose genital herpes? The differences between swab and sample?

What test you take to diagnose genital herpes?
The differences between swab and sample?

PCR, culture, blood: If there is a herpes lesion (blister, ulcer, etc), polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for HSV DNA is best. A culture test is OK, but misses more cases. Both are on swab specimens. If no lesions, blood test for HSV antibody. But due to controversial recommendations of Public Health Canada, blood tests are less available in your country than all others. Blood takes a few weeks to turn positive. ...Read more

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Genital herpes test came back with value of 0.38. Does that mean I have genital herpes. ?

Negative, no herpes: With the usual blood tests for the viruses that cause genital herpes (HSV2, sometimes HSV1), anything below 0.9 is definitely negative. If you remain uncertain about it, discuss with the doctor's office or the lab where the test was done. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't treat genital herpes? And what test is needed to confirm you have it?

HSV-2: Genital herpes can be diagnosed by a biopsy/culture of a lesion or a simple blood test. If you do not treat it, it may get painful, may worsen, and you certainly would be more at risk of transmitting the infection to others with an active infection. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to do if I have genital herpes test came back negative but I know I'm positive. and this upsets me?

Understandable ...: Your upset is understandable. But, the medical care has to conclude with assessing patient's symptoms which tends to be emotionally subjective and with interpreting provider's physical examination and tests which tends to be professionally objective. So, bring the information on why you think you have herpes to see and talk with Doc time so to deduce possible Dx for reasonable Rx. ...Read more

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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more