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Where do I get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Where do I get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Depends on site: A swab of the oral cavity, urethra, vagina, or anal canal are all sites that can be used to test for herpes, although a blood test can also see if you already have antibodies. The blood test is not as good at determining if you have a current infection, as if you have been exposed --although it also depends on the test performed. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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So can I get tested for herpes simplex even if haven't had an outbreak?

So can I get tested for herpes simplex even if haven't had an outbreak?

Herpes simplex: Yes you can be tested for the presence of antibodies to this virus, although the assessment of whether it is types 1 or 2 cannot be reliably determined by antibody testing. If you have antibodies it means that the virus is in your body in a latent form. It may or may not ever produce active lesions. There is no way in which to predict this. ...Read more

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Could you get tested for herpes simplex even if you have'nt had an outbreak in a long time?

Could you get tested for herpes simplex even if you have'nt had an outbreak in a long time?

Antibodies: If you have had outbreaks in the past, then you know you have antibodies. I do not see any reason to have it tested now. ...Read more

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Please help docs! where do I go to get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Please help docs! where do I go to get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection. ...Read more

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Could you pick up clinically tested for herpes simplex 1 (the mouth herpes)?

Could you pick up clinically tested for herpes simplex 1 (the mouth herpes)?

Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex 6?

Human herpesvirus 6: You probably don't mean herpes simplex, but human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6). It's one of 9 human herpesviruses, including herpes simpex virus types 1 and 2, Epstein Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and the numbered HHV series. HHV6 causes the common childhood rash called roseola, or exanthem subitum. There has been controversy about a link to multiple sclerosis, but probably not real. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1?

Cold sores: Hsv ! is the name for cold sores that commonly occur on the lips. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...Read more