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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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Herpes test when no sores were present, what to do?

Herpes test when no sores were present, what to do?

The PCR blood: test does not require you to have active lesions to diagnose. ...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

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Do I need Herpes tests? Never had any symptoms. Thank you.

Do I need Herpes tests? Never had any symptoms. Thank you.

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

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Is herpes bad? Can i test positive and mh partner negative?

Is herpes bad? Can i test positive and mh partner negative?

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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What to do if I have herpes test when no sores were present?

What to do if I have herpes test when no sores were present?

Herpes blood test: should be accurate regardless. Externally, you can be shedding with or without visible lesions. ...Read more

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Worried about herpes. Can I ask my Dr for a herpes test? What kind?

Worried about herpes. Can I ask my Dr for a herpes test? What kind?

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 more

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What could cause herpes like sores. But yet test negative. For herpes?

What could cause herpes like sores. But yet test negative. For herpes?

Many many things: Well first..Hundreds of types of viruses. Local mechanical trauma, electrical and thermal burns, chemical injury, irradiation, aphthous stomatitis, infection and drug induced. Its a very long differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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Test done for herpes came back almost positive. Does this mean i still have it?

Test done for herpes came back almost positive. Does this mean i still have it?

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

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If your herpes test is negative does that mean you are negative for hs1 and hs2?

If your herpes test is negative does that mean you are negative for hs1 and hs2?

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

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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