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How precise is serology for herpes simplex?

How precise is serology for herpes simplex?

Accurate: Serology testing for herpes is very accurate and precise with false negative results highest during the early portion of infection. ...Read more

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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & ...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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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

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Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

No: No, unless you have a history of herpes or lesions that look suspicious. Sometimes a pap smear can see cells that look suspicious for herpes which may then prompt a recommendation to actually do a specific test for herpes during a subsequent office visit. ...Read more

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How reliable are genital herpes blood tests vs cultures?

How reliable are genital herpes blood tests vs cultures?

Active vs past: Blood tests can detect exposure to the herpes virus but do not tell if there is active infection. Molecular testing of the affected cells/tissue is more practical than culture for ascertaining active infection. ...Read more

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How accurate are IGG blood test for herpes for person never having an outbreak? Partner tested positive for hsv2.

How accurate are IGG blood test for herpes for person never having an outbreak?  Partner tested positive for hsv2.

It depends...: The HSV IgG blood tests are good but not perfect. With the most common test (HerpeSelect®), strong positive (HSV2 index 3.5 or more) is proof of infection, regardless of symptoms. Negative (under 0.9) also is conclusive. Index >1.1 is officially positive, but many results 1.1-3.5 are false. Other IgG tests less well studied. Such uncertainties are why HSV blood tests often are controversial. ...Read more

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Genital herpes hsv1 and oral herpes hsv1, what to do?

Genital herpes hsv1 and oral herpes hsv1, what to do?

See a dermatologist: You may have hsv1 + hsv2. There are prescription and otc remedies promoted but they are all a waste of money. Prescription pills are very effective. You need advise on what this means to you as well as your contacts. It is not likely that you will get what you need unless you see a dermatologist or perhaps an infectious disease specialist. Although there is extensive knowledge about this, most phy. ...Read more

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Have wrong info. Herpes 1 IgG positive. Herpes II IgG indeterminate. How is herpes 1 transmitted via flu or cold sores stress?

Have wrong info.  Herpes 1 IgG positive. Herpes II IgG indeterminate.  How is herpes 1 transmitted via flu or cold sores stress?

Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex is transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual.Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin or mucous membrane contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable method of preventing transmission of herpes, but they merely reduce rather than eliminate risk. ...Read more

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Does epstein barr virus make a herpes test positive since the EBV is a herpes simplex virus?

Does epstein barr virus make a herpes test positive since the EBV is a herpes simplex virus?

No: They are separate viruses that stimulate the production of different antibodies that do not cross react. ...Read more

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How accurate is serology for herpes simplex 1 and 2?

How accurate is serology for herpes simplex 1 and 2?

Viral isolation: None of the serologic tests will convincingly differentiate between herpes types 1 & 2 infections. The only way to definitively do this is to isolate the virus and test it for type. ...Read more

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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) only for genital herpes?

Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) only for genital herpes?

No: It's also used for shingles, oral herpes (cold sores), and herpes that occurs in other areas, such as the anus or skin. ...Read more

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How accurate are at home STD tests like blood testing for syphillis and herpes?

How accurate are at home STD tests like blood testing for syphillis and herpes?

Home tests: I have not heard of those tests being reliable or not so it is best to see your healthcare worker for testing. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex type 1, IgG antibody? Genital or oral?

What is herpes simplex type 1, IgG antibody?  Genital or oral?

Usually oral: Herpes infections are described as type i (oral /cold sores)or type ii(genital). However, either type can cause affect either location. Igg antibody detected by a blood test. & indicates one has been exposed to the virus at least several weeks prior &possibly much longer- as in years. Most people who have HSV antibody have no idea that they have herpes. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Two Herpes: I think you may be confusing the terms and the infections. Herpes type one, infecting 75% of americans, is usually found near or on the mouth. But, it can infect any skin that it comes in contact with, including the genitals if one is not previously infected. Herpes type two, predominantly found on or near the genitals, and infecting 25% of americans can infect any skin it comes in contact with. ...Read more

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Is blood test for syphilis and herpes are accurate.

Is blood test for syphilis and herpes are accurate.

Yes: There is more than one test type for syphilis and both need to be done for accurate results. Herpes can generally be diagnosed with a single test. It may need to be repeated if the infection is too recent. ...Read more

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Why don't doctors test for genital herpes or genital warts unless symptoms are shown?

Why don't doctors test for genital herpes or genital warts unless symptoms are shown?

Lot of positives: Genital herpes cultures and wart biopsies (if needed) are often obtained when you have an actual lesion. They guide if you need treatment and confirm diagnosis. Blood tests can identify if you have had exposure to herpes (genital or oral) as high as 80% of americans can test positive by blood tests without symptoms. You dont treat history of exposure. ...Read more

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Why is CMV in the herpes simplex family?

Why is CMV in the herpes simplex family?

Herpesviruses: It's a cousin of herpes simplex virus. Both are members of the herpesvirus (not herpes simplex) family, among the things they have in common is that they both contain double-stranded dna and both cause chronic, latent infection. ...Read more

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How accurate is an ELISA test for herpex simplex type 2?

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How accurate is an ELISA test for herpex simplex type 2?

ELiSA very accurate : While the labs may have different standards, elisa testing is done at a molecular level and often used as a means to confirm a diagnosis after a positive screening test. In other words, it's often the last word or "gold standard" in testing. ...Read more

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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

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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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small and painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth-to-mouth contact and to the genitals, causing genital ...Read more