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Doctor insights on: Herpes Blood Test Accuracy

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Can a blood test detect herpes?

Can a blood test detect herpes?

Herpes antibodies: A blood test can detect herpes antibodies and exposure but it takes a visualization of the actual lesions when they are present to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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How soon can herpes show up on a blood test?

How soon can herpes show up on a blood test?

1 week: There are two different antibodies that would be associated with a herpes infection. Igm would go up in the first few weeks. Then the igm would fall and igg would start going up after about a month and it usually stays up. Just have to do the right test at the right time. ...Read more

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My dr said no blood test needed 4 herpes test?

My dr said no blood test needed 4 herpes test?

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 more

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How long would it take herpes to show up on a blood test?

How long would it take herpes to show up on a blood test?

<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

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Is blood test is the only way you can find out if you have herpes?

Herpes: Blood testing is most accurate way to learn if one has been exposed to herpes. Yes. ...Read more

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How accurate are home herpes tests? (it is a blood test) are they just as accurate?

How accurate are home herpes tests? (it is a blood test) are they just as accurate?

Why do you ask?: Even the antibody tests from big labs are not altogether sensitive or specific. Many folks have the antibodies but no lesions so probably cannot infect others. ...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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How long would it take for a herpes blood test to be accurate after a possible herpes exposure?

2-3 weeks: The serologic tests are still not altogether reliable. Most folks with antibodies against herpes 2 do have genital herpes. Many people with antibodies against herpes 1 have never had fever blisters but these people do seem immune to primary infection. ...Read more

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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