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I am wanting the truth about can you find out if you have herpes by blood tests and can herpes be mistaken for HPV symptoms I have been told that you can't find out for sure if you have herpes by a blood tests. And also that some of the symptoms may be yo

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology

In brief: Blood test

Usually blood test will show whether you have been exposed in the past.

In brief: Blood test

Usually blood test will show whether you have been exposed in the past.
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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine

In brief: The

The bottom line is this.
Blood testing tests your body for antibodies made against herpes virus type 1 and 2. If it comes back positive it means that at some point you have been exposed to either one or both of the viruses. Typically type 1 is associated with fever blisters or cold sores, and type 2 genital herpes. We now know that both types(1 and 2) can be associated with oral and/or genital ulcers. Now it's important to note that even if a person is found to have a positive blood test, meaning they were exposed to the virus, does not necessarily mean they have ever had a herpes lesion, or ever will for that matter. On to the second part of your question. Hpv causes genital warts and certain types of cancer (cervical being the most common). If you have genital warts they are usually painless while herpes lesions tend to be extremely painful. Hpv testing can be done in conjunction with a pap smear for women, there is currently no blood testing that i'm aware of for hpv. It should be very easy for your doctor help you differentiate herpes from hpv. Good luck.

In brief: The

The bottom line is this.
Blood testing tests your body for antibodies made against herpes virus type 1 and 2. If it comes back positive it means that at some point you have been exposed to either one or both of the viruses. Typically type 1 is associated with fever blisters or cold sores, and type 2 genital herpes. We now know that both types(1 and 2) can be associated with oral and/or genital ulcers. Now it's important to note that even if a person is found to have a positive blood test, meaning they were exposed to the virus, does not necessarily mean they have ever had a herpes lesion, or ever will for that matter. On to the second part of your question. Hpv causes genital warts and certain types of cancer (cervical being the most common). If you have genital warts they are usually painless while herpes lesions tend to be extremely painful. Hpv testing can be done in conjunction with a pap smear for women, there is currently no blood testing that i'm aware of for hpv. It should be very easy for your doctor help you differentiate herpes from hpv. Good luck.
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