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Positive HSV culture but negative blood test; should tests be repeated?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Trust the culture

A positive herpes culture is diagnostic of herpes.
I don't know why the blood test (antibody) was negative, but it's not used to make a diagnosis, only to determine whether the virus is present. I would trust the culture.

In brief: Trust the culture

A positive herpes culture is diagnostic of herpes.
I don't know why the blood test (antibody) was negative, but it's not used to make a diagnosis, only to determine whether the virus is present. I would trust the culture.
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