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Can you test for herpes and not HIV ?

Can you test for herpes and not HIV ?

Yes: They are completely separate and independent lab tests that have nothing to do with one another. ...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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Can you test for herpes with a Pap smear or do you need a blood test for that ?

Can you test for herpes with a Pap smear or do you need a blood test for that ?

Herpes testing: There are two ways to test for herpes. The first is to directly swab the lesion during an outbreak to detect the virus. This is the most definitive but only can be done during an outbreak. The second is a blood test for HSV 2 IgG antibody. This confirms a past exposure. A pap smear is a screening test for precancerous cells of the cervix and is not related to herpes. ...Read more

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How accurate are the herpes tests?

How accurate are the herpes tests?

Depends on the test: So we have a couple of tests.One is a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) for herpes that we get when we scrap the lesion.Another test is a blood test that detects the body's antibody response to an infection by the Herpes Virus.Regarding the PCR test it is very accurate but it depends on getting a good DNA sample from the scraping.The blood test depends on the antibody response time. DNA better. ...Read more

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How accurate are type specific herpes tests?

How accurate are type specific herpes tests?

Very: A positive HSV I and/or HSV II antibody titer is diagnostic for prior exposure to that specific virus. While nothing is always100% it is unlikely that antibody titers for these 2 viruses would be misleading. ...Read more

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Would a herpes 2 test be difinitive by 4.5 months?

Would a herpes 2 test be difinitive by 4.5 months?

Herpes : Yes. Of course. Most testing for herpes includes the early antibody igm and the mature antibody, igg. 4.5 months is definitely time enough to get these results. ...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 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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Should i be worried if i test positive for herpes type 1?

Herpes: 75% of americans have herpes type one. This common infection that causes oral sores in those who have visible disease. The bad news is that one is contagious at variable times whether one has sores or not. Infection is transmitted from skin or saliva to skin. ...Read more

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Herpes is there any type of test to see who got it first?

Herpes is there any type of test to see who got it first?

Can be tested: Both are same genotype , or not , most common source , male infect female in genital herpes , test is not done routinely , will be expensive , no medical indication so insurance will not cover. ...Read more