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Doctor insights on: How Many Days Does It Take Before The Results To A Herpes 2 Swab Test Become Available

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Did a swab culture test for suspected herpes 2 days and a half after it showed. It's negative and doctor says just acne. It was itching. I trust result?

Did a swab culture test for suspected herpes 2 days and a half after it showed. It's negative and doctor says just acne. It was itching. I trust result?

Herpes simplex: These lesions are usually characteristic and difficult to mistake for acne. If the culture was negative it is unlikely to be Herpes, but without seeing these it is impossible to really tell. ...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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How long does it take to get results of a herpes test?

Wait for tests: It can be as short as 1 day or ir the test must be sent out to a lab outside your facility then 2-4 days. ...Read more

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I'm gettin an IgG test done tommorow to see if I have been exposed to herpes. The only outbreak I had was 2 years ago. How long will the results take to come? Is it reliable?

I'm gettin an IgG test done tommorow to see if I have been exposed to herpes. The only outbreak I had was 2 years ago. How long will the results take to come? Is it reliable?

Yes: Igg test for herpes is the test indicating prior exposure.

Igm test for herpes or other virus shows if there is a new or resolving new infection.

Hope this helps. ...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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Can your swab test results for herpes be altered by menstruation?

Can your swab test results for herpes be altered by menstruation?

No problem: Menstruation won't interfere with testing for HSV. Anyway, presumably the provider to collected the swab knew you were menstruating, and would have said something if there were any concerns about it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a false positive on a herpes test? And do you know how long its suppose to take for the blood test results to come back?

Is it possible to have a false positive on a herpes test? And do you know how long its suppose to take for the blood test results to come back?

False pos can occur: The standard blood tests for herpes simplex virus (HSV) are not perfect; false positive results can occur. The strength of the result -- i.e. the optical density ratio (also called ELISA ratio) -- is important in distinguishing true positive from false psotive results. Results usually are available in 2-5 days, but it varies a lot from one lab to another. ...Read more

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Is a high swab vaginal herpes DNA test result reliable? (Without leison) Do I need another blood test to reconfirm?

Is a high swab vaginal herpes DNA test result reliable? (Without leison) Do I need another blood test to reconfirm?

Not reliable: Any single swab test for HSV only shows the virus was not present at that moment. Even in people with proved genital HSV2 infection, virus typically is detectable less than 20% of the time; for HSV1 it's under 1% of the time. So this test doesn't show whether or not you have genital herpes. A blood test can help: if positive for HSV2, you have genital herpes, regardless of swab test results. ...Read more

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I heard that herpes or any STDs take a few months or even a year for symptoms to show up. Would a STD test result still be accurate then?

I heard that herpes or any STDs take a few months or even a year for symptoms to show up. Would a STD test result still be accurate then?

Mixed bag: Gc-make u run to doctor. As a female you can have concealed shyphilis, hpv, herpes, chlamydia, trichomonas. Hiv, hepatitis b, c. ...Are late bloomers, like 6 wks to 6 m. Few other characters are there also. Pick a healthy partner.....To be safe, maintain monogamous activity. ...Read more

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Tried getting appointment later this week but scheduled a week away, bumps around anus/butt, can I take cotton swab to save to test for herpes?

Tried getting appointment later this week but scheduled a week away, bumps around anus/butt, can I take cotton swab to save to test for herpes?

ToBeOrNotToBeFreaked: No. They need a fresh, hot juicy sample. And if you really think it's Herpes (blisters, lotsa pain, chance you got it from someone), then go to an Urgent Care where someone can decide if it's a high enough chance for you to have Herpes to start therapy. The sooner the better on that. If it's just bumps, and no blisters and isn't painful then the chances of Herpes are less, but not zero. So get it ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell when I was infected with genital herpes. I received positive test results today from a herpes swab culture. I had a blood test back in june that came back negative. I have been with the same sexual partner since november of 2009. On

Is there a way to tell when I was infected with genital herpes. I received positive test results today from a herpes swab culture. I had a blood test back in june that came back negative. I have been with the same sexual partner since november of 2009. On

Herpes: Herpes is caused by a virus that can lie dormant in the body for years. Because of this, you can catch it from someone who has never even had any symptoms. Since you had a negative test in june and a positive test now, it's safe to say you probably contracted herpes sometime between then and now, but when and from who cannot be determined. Either partner could have transmitted it to you and your outbreak would not have necessarily coincided with when you contracted it. I attached a center for disease control website with information about herpes below. ...Read more

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If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when I gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but I'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te

If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when I gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but I'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te

Make: Make sure you both are tested for hsv type 1 and 2. It was previously thought that type 1 was only localzed to the mouth and type 2 to the genitals, but that is not correct. Also consider the fact that your gilrfriend already carried the virus and you did not give it to her by giving her oral sex.
Take care. ...Read more

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I'm doing my stds test including hiv tmr, I take valtrex (valacyclovir) for genital herpies, will this medications affect my test results? Tk you!

I'm doing my stds test including hiv tmr, I take valtrex (valacyclovir) for genital herpies, will this medications affect my test results? Tk you!

No: Taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) does not change the test results for the usual STD tests, including HIV tests. Herpes tests are usually blood tests (unless the doctor is swabbing or scraping the actual skin lesion for a culture). If a patient is already on an anti-herpes drug like Valtrex (valacyclovir), the skin lesion culture might be harder to get a positive result from, but the blood tests results should be accurate. ...Read more

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I just saw an answer to a question, do healthcare providers really do oral swabs/tests for herpes these days? I thought they were unreliable

I just saw an answer to a question, do healthcare providers really do oral swabs/tests for herpes these days? I thought they were unreliable

Testing's hard: Neither the bloodwork nor swabs for cells / viral cultures are 100% reliable. The same is true of most labs. The real question is, "who should be treated, with what, and when? " it's often a judgement call for the physician, with the patient participating as well. ...Read more

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Does herpes test detect type one and two separately?

Does herpes test detect type one and two separately?

Depends: There are various herpes tests, including tests that specifically identify for hsv-1 and hsv-2. ...Read more

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How accurate is the blood test for distinguishing between type one and type two herpes?

How accurate is the blood test for distinguishing between type one and type two herpes?

Type specific = good: Type specific herpes tests are great at distinguishing between type 1 & 2. Rarely if someone is highly positive for type 1 w/ a very low positive for type 2, we believe it could be a false positive, even with type specific tests, which are the best tests out there to screen for herpes. If u have a genital sore, immediately see a doc for a swab which reliably distinguishes type 1&2, if positive. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with herpes 2. Number 1.6. Took the test again a year later same number. Could the results be a false positive?

Was diagnosed with herpes 2. Number 1.6. Took the test again a year later same number. Could the results be a false positive?

Herpes virus 2: The blood test has very little meaning unless you have symptoms of the disease. This is a very complicated problem and your doctor can explain it all to you. All the test means is that you have been exposed to the virus and now are a carrier of the disease. Please have your doctor explain more to you and you have no need for this blood test ever again in my opinion. ...Read more

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Two negative STD tests within a month. Textbook herpes visually:symptoms but negative test. Help! What could it be what do I do?

Two negative STD tests within a month. Textbook herpes visually:symptoms but negative test. Help! What could it be what do I do?

Herpes simplex: Am assuming you are concerned about genital herpes. You don't say what test was negative, but generally this is easily diagnosed clinically without the need for laboratory confirmation. If it continues it can be treated effectively. See your PCP or GYN. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 26/f unmarried. I have been diagnosed for herpes simplex syndrome two times. What precautions I need to take so that it doesn't come any more?

I am 26/f unmarried. I have been diagnosed for herpes simplex syndrome two times. What precautions I need to take so that it doesn't come any more?

Complicated: Herpes lives in your nerves forever once you first have it. You can reduce outbreaks by controlling stress and some medicaitons can prevent or lessen the severity of recurrances. Your concern should be what to do to prevent spreading it to others. Check the tips and other posts to educate yourself on how to control the disease. ...Read more

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First herpes OB 3 weeks ago. 2 swab tests (BD) both came back pos. For HSV1 and neg. For HSV2. But OB is so persistent it possible this is HSV2?

First herpes OB 3 weeks ago. 2 swab tests (BD) both came back pos. For HSV1 and neg. For HSV2. But OB is so persistent it possible this is HSV2?

You have HSV1: You can be sure it's HSV1; a lab would not confuse with HSV2 on swab testing. There is no difference in severity or duration of symptoms for HSV1 vs HSV2. I hope you have been taking an anti-herpes drug like aciclovir or valaciclovir, but HSV1 sometimes needs higher doses than HSV2. With proper treatment, symptoms should have cleared much sooner than 3 weeks. Discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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First herpes OB. Has 2 swab tests, both positive for hsv1 negative for hsv2. I heard swab tests can be inaccurate. Is it possible I have hsv2 as well?

First herpes OB. Has 2 swab tests, both positive for hsv1 negative for hsv2. I heard swab tests can be inaccurate. Is it possible I have hsv2 as well?

Unlikely: I wonder what exactly was the type of test used? If it was a PCR test, then I would trust those results. Besides, you had it done twice which has shown the same result in each case. It would be rare anyway to have transmission of HSV-1 and HSV-2 all from one incident. In fact, having one of the herpes viruses may partially protect against getting the other one. So I think you only acquired HSV-1. ...Read more

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Does taking 400 mg of acyclovir/day for profilaxy for herpes type 2, influence the result of an HIV test?

Does taking 400 mg of acyclovir/day for profilaxy for herpes type 2, influence the result of an HIV test?

No: acyclovir does not affect HIV test results, and doesn't delay appearance of HIV antibodies or reverse disease course, otherwise it would have been used in treating HIV infected patients long time ago, good luck ...Read more

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How long after first aquiring herpes does it take for the test to appear positive?

How long after first aquiring herpes does it take for the test to appear positive?

7-30 days or longer: Herpes infection can present in many ways. Typically ulcer will show in 7-30 days. Primary herpes is a systemic illness with fever / fatigue & usually multiple sores. Recurrent herpes in usually a small cluster of sores w/o other symptoms. Most people never get full blown primary herpes & may simply experience occasional genital discomfort or itching, & sometimes no symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take for herpes to show in ur system and how long till you can find out ur results can you find out right away like in 20 minutes?

How long does it take for herpes to show in ur system and how long till you can find out ur results can you find out right away like in 20 minutes?

See below: First part of your question is not clear, if you mean incubation period, it is 2-14 days. Please read the information in the two sites below for a detailed answer. It is possible to have an answer in 20 minutes but that is not normal process.
http://www. Webmd. Com/genital-herpes/herpes-testshttp://www. Webmd. Com/genital-herpes/tc/genital-herpes-what-happens. ...Read more

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If my dr said he was testing me for both types of herpes, and both test results came back separate, what kind of test was this? Type specific or not?

If my dr said he was testing me for both types of herpes, and both test results came back separate, what kind of test was this? Type specific or not?

See below.: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, you were probably tested for antibodies to Herpes 1 and 2. What were the results? Antibody tests can distinguish between these two types. What else were you tested for? Practice safe sex! ...Read more