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Does simplex herpes show up on blood tests? And what is simplex herpes?

Does simplex herpes show up on blood tests? And what is simplex herpes?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my herpes simplex?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my herpes simplex?

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

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I took a blood test and it came back positive for herpes simplex 2. I've never felt it. Will I?

I took a blood test and it came back positive for herpes simplex 2. I've never felt it. Will I?

You may have: an asymptomatic carrier state infection. You may get a breakout in the future; however, you are infectious and must always use condoms. ...Read more

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Any blood test for herpes simplex 2?

Any blood test for herpes simplex 2?

For exposure: Blood tests for antibodies to herpes can reveal exposure to the virus but are not suitable for detemining if there is active infection. ...Read more

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I had chinkenpox in my child hood will i test positive for herpes simplex virus igg?

I had chinkenpox in my child hood will i test positive for herpes simplex virus igg?

No: You would test positive for varicella igg. But if you've ever had a cold sore, that could cause a positive herpes simplex test. ...Read more

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Do they test for herpes simplex 2 during pregnancy?

Do they test for herpes simplex 2 during pregnancy?

Usually, yes: Herpes, gonorrhea, hiv, and human papilloma virus, are usually tested for in initial screening, among other things (like diabetes) during the first trimester visits. Usually, though, it is just a herpes virus screen, which includes herpes type i and ii, rather than separating them out. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a herpes simplex virus (hsv) IgG and IgM test?

What is the difference between a herpes simplex virus (hsv) IgG and IgM test?

Acute vs. chronic: Igm antibodies appear after recent infection and then disappear. Igg antibodies come later and persist, indicating chronic or past infection. In the case of herpes, the IgM is not widely used, because acute herpes is typically diagnosed based on clinical appearance or culture results. A positive igg indicates the presence of herpes, which is a chronic recurring infection. ...Read more

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...Read more