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Wrong test: The IgM test isn't helpful. The igg test is far more useful. ...Read more
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
Can doctors test herpes 1 and 2 with one tube of blood or will they need 2 tubes/vials to test for each one ?
One: One vial should be adequate for this test. Doctors often order more than a single type of test and different vials which have different ways of preparing the spacemen for the lab may be required , necessitating several vials of blood. ...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
Not for patients: In the research labs, one can test for Herpes 1 or 2 in urine or any sample of bodily fluid, by testing for herpes DNA. The tests have not been perfected for use on patients in a medical setting. That means doctors do not have a urine Herpes 1 or 2 test to check patients, at this time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Herpes simplex: Many doctors will be happy to test you, but the results will be positive in an overwhelmingly large segment of the population (up to 95%), and so these tests are virtually meaningless. Perhaps the doctor is trying to save you money. ...Read more
My friend got a blood test for herpes and it came back negative. She has never had any break outs. It is still possible that she could have herpes?
Quite possibly: You can actually be contagious for up to months after infection. Bummer. ...Read more
Should a blood test for herpes be positive once i took the aciclovir, or it can be negative after aciclovir?
IgG stays positive: The blood test we check for herpes infection is typically igg and igm tests. Igg remains positive for life, as long as there is an exposure, regardless of whether or not you've been treated. Igm is a measure of an acute (current) exposure, and will reduce if not currently active. ...Read more