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Tests For Herpes Simplex
Herpes: Herpes simplex is the virus known as herpes. Found worldwide, it is a permanent resident in humans which have been infected. Some studies show antibodies in up to 50% of the young and 90% in adults in developing nations, with 20 to 50 % in developed countries.. Viruses don't "show up" on a routine "blood test", although more sophisticated tests rarely used, can be used to measure antibodies to it. ...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
Regular doctor: Gential herpes can be extremely painful - if you are able to function you don't have to do anything. Your doctor could give anti-viral medication and pain medications if needed to ease your outbreak - but again if you can tolerate the symptoms you can wait and it will usually resolve within 10 to 14 days. If you have frequent outbreaks, suppressive medications could decrease the frequency. ...Read more
My partner tested positive for Herpes Simplex Virus 2. Is it possible he can have it and my test is negative?
Herpes simplex serum test please interpret type 1nd2 igm: 9.9u/ml type1nd2 igg: 5.2u/ml (am i positive or negative ) thanks?
Positive: Usually above .9 is positive. Your doctor can confirm the range for you based on lab used. ...Read more
Can someone be immune to the herpes simplex virus ? And still have the shingles? If so is there a test you can take to see?
Painful 1-side rash: Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes virus family. Herpes simplex viruses are also members of the same family but different viruses from herpes simplex. You can have one & not the other. Having antibodies to herpes simplex doesn't prevent you from having shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of chickenpox that a person had previously. There are blood tests for all 3. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: They are separate viruses that stimulate the production of different antibodies that do not cross react. ...Read more
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