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Is there a test for herpes?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology
In brief: Yes
Multiple tests.
Skin biopsy of active lesions, culture of fluid from lesions, pcr or antibody tests on active lesions. Blood tests as well.

In brief: Yes
Multiple tests.
Skin biopsy of active lesions, culture of fluid from lesions, pcr or antibody tests on active lesions. Blood tests as well.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dr. Arlo Miller
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Sores on the body can be scraped and the samples sent to a lab to look for herpes virus infected cells.
The sores can also be swabbed and the samples sent for viral culture or viral dna analysis. Also, a person's blood can be checked for antibodies to herpes type 1 or type 2 viruses (positive antibodies means a person has had the infection at some time).

In brief: Yes
Sores on the body can be scraped and the samples sent to a lab to look for herpes virus infected cells.
The sores can also be swabbed and the samples sent for viral culture or viral dna analysis. Also, a person's blood can be checked for antibodies to herpes type 1 or type 2 viruses (positive antibodies means a person has had the infection at some time).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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1 comment
Dr. Lisa Oldson
That's right. Because most people with genital herpes don't see visible outbreaks, often testing the blood ends up being the most effective method to find out one's status. See your doctor immediately if you have a genital sore so he/she can do a swab and culture. See your doctor or go to www.SexualHealth.com if you want a blood test when there are no sores visible.
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