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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 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

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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