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How Soon Can You Test For Herpes
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
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
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
The PCR blood: test does not require you to have active lesions to diagnose. ...Read more
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
Usually not, but...: Perhaps you have a special reason to get a herpes test. If one's doctor feels a test is needed, one can get a herpes blood test that differentiates between Herpes 1 and 2. Sometimes people get a herpes test if they are marrying a person who already has herpes. The uninfected person is usually trying to figure out how to avoid catching genital herpes. ...Read more
Sort of: Herpes in both forms (oral & genital) itself is manageable for most patients with meds. Gential herpes can be very painful during an outbreak but other times not an issue. You can pass it to your partner even without active lesions but some people seem to not get it as easily so your partner can remain negative. Remember, you are not bad because you have it, but you should let partners know. ...Read more
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Herpes blood test: should be accurate regardless. Externally, you can be shedding with or without visible lesions. ...Read more
More info needed: "Worried" about herpes usually isn't a good enough reason for a blood test. And the blood tests for HSV aren't perfect. If you have been exposed to someone with known herpes (oral or genital) or have symptoms, testing might be a good idea. Discuss your concerns with your doctor and take it from there. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes: Tests used to diagnose or screen for herpes include: pcr blood test: the pcr blood test can tell if you have genital herpes even if you don't have symptoms. The pcr test looks for pieces of the virus' dna. This is the most common test used to diagnose genital herpes and is very accurate. Cell culture: during the exam, your health care provider can take a sample of cells from a sore. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what the test was for. If the test was a pcr for hsv genetic material, it just means you don't see it in the bloodstream; it's not very useful ruling out the infection. If it is an antibody test, then you need to see if both hsv1 and hsv2 were tested; all that test means is exposure at some point in time to hsv. ...Read more
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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