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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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Can doctors test herpes 1 and 2 with one tube of blood or will they need 2 tubes/vials to test for each one ?

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

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Is there a test for herpes?

Yes: Multiple tests. Skin biopsy of active lesions, culture of fluid from lesions, pcr or antibody tests on active lesions. Blood tests as well. ...Read more

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Can a blood test detect herpes?

Can a blood test detect herpes?

Herpes antibodies: A blood test can detect herpes antibodies and exposure but it takes a visualization of the actual lesions when they are present to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Who should test for Herpes 1 and 2?

Who should test for Herpes 1 and 2?

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

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Hi,can a urine test detect herpes 1&2?

Hi,can a urine test detect herpes 1&2?

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 more

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Does an "inconclusive" swab test for herpes mean anything?

Does an "inconclusive" swab test for herpes mean anything?

Yes: The details are required for any answer. The culture failed to grow herpes virus. Either it is not herpes or it is but the culture failed. Why the culture? Symptoms? A dermatologist will help you. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter test i can take to test for herpes?

No: As far as i know, no over the counter test is available. Clinicians can diagnose herpes lesions by simply looking at them. If in doubt, they can order more tests, but they aren't otc. Sorry. ...Read more

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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

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When do they test for herpes when pregnant?

When do they test for herpes when pregnant?

Herpes: Depends on your doctors standard testing protocol. Sometimes bloodwork is done with your "routine" prenatal labs. Otherwise, if you have a lesion during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Why wont doctors test for herpes with no symptoms?

Why wont doctors test for herpes with no symptoms?

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

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Do they test for herpes when your pregnant if no sores are present?

Herpes infection: If there are no signs of herpes a blood test can be done, if there is a need or if the patient wishes to be tested. It is not done routinely. ...Read more

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I had 4 blood test for herpes and they came out negative should I take another one?

I had 4 blood test for herpes and they came out negative should I take another one?

Why?: The blood test for herpes simplex is not really useful in reflecting whether someone will have overt lesions or how often. ...Read more

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Is there a test for herpes? I haven't had any outbreaks but would like some peace of mind.

Is there a test for herpes? I haven't had any outbreaks but would like some peace of mind.

Once you have: herpes, it stays in your body. You can suppress herpes outbreaks, but once you got it you got it. So there is no point for you to check a test for it -- if it outbreaks, then you will feel the symptoms. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not likely: With the exception of recent infection that has not resulted in a positive antibody response, a negative blood test and history of no breakouts, is reliable in excluding herpes. ...Read more

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What if i received a positive blood test for herpes?

What if i received a positive blood test for herpes?

Quite possibly: You can actually be contagious for up to months after infection. Bummer. ...Read more

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When you get tested for syphilis and HIV do they test for herpes at the same time or no?

When you get tested for syphilis and HIV do they test for herpes at the same time or no?

No: The blood tests for herpes aren't very useful. The clinical picture is the basis for the diagnosis; lab work is at best confirmatory and at worst simply misleading. ...Read more

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Should a blood test for herpes be positive once i took the aciclovir, or it can be negative after aciclovir?

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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