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Self 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
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
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
PCR is the best test: Serologic blood tests for antibodies can differentiate HSV-1 from HSV-2. However, if this is a recent infection it may take several weeks for serology to be (+) for HSV. Culture of the lesions will usually be (+) if you have a blister or ulceration due to HSV, but can give false negative results. Polymerase chain reaction(PCR) tests for HSV DNA and is much more sensitive(few false negatives) ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
24 yes old..been with fiance for 5 years..he's not my first should i get a herpes test if him nor I have symptoms?
Herpes testing: The likelihood is very low. When you get pregnant they test for herpes because having herpes during delivery is a risk to the infant. How will it change things for you knowing you have the virus ( once infected it stay for life), you/him could have gotten it years ago as it is intermittant? If your positive and he is not it just may open concerns that will have a negative impact and visa versa. ...Read more
Can you test negative for herpes but still have it? I tested positive for herpes, but my boyfriend of two years did not.
When u get tested for stud and came out negative does that mean you don't have herpes as well or is it a separate test ?
Partner is neg. I tested neg at almost 4.5 wks with ag/ab 4th gen test. Can this change and can herpes cause me to test positive later if I am pos+?
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
Look i resently found out I have herpes two i never new i had that until yesterday and is like im not even my self no more I don't know what should I do ?
Living life: A chronic infection with herpes is something that you CAN live with. Yes, it's definitely disheartening to be diagnosed and worse to have symptoms. Believe it or not, though, most people DON'T have symptoms -that's why it infects such a large proportion of the United States. Millions of people here have it...If you have an outbreak-see a doctor for what to do. For prevention- talk to partners, etc ...Read more
I have no symptoms for herpes.my dr. Said that I should test only if there are symptoms. Is this correct?
NO!: You should test if you want to know... You do not have to have symptoms to be a carrier ...Read more
It depends...: If there are symptoms of genital or oral herpes, the sores should be tested to confirm the diagnosis and learn the virus type. Blood tests are controversial if no symptoms. Testing is wise if symptoms suggest outbreaks, or if the regular sex partner of an infected person. Otherwise, most experts don't recommend it, but some do. Discuss your case with an expert, e.g. an NHS GUM clinic. ...Read more