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What Do They Look For In A Herpes Blood Test

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

...culture is done when your health care provider uses a swab to get and study material from a suspected herpes sore. You may still have genital herpes, however, even if your culture is negative (which means it does not show HSV). A blood test called type-specific test can tell whether you are infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2. The type-specific test results plus the location of the sores will help your health care provider to find out whether you...
Ask the Experts

Herpes Screening and HIV Risks

Hi Doctor Bob,I recently went to a campus health clinic, my personal physician, and Planned Parenthood to ask for a herpes blood test. All three places did not recommend a herpes test because they wouldn't do anything for treatment in the absence of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV transmission prevention remains exactly the same. Condoms. Condoms. Condoms. The situation changes if you have an active herpetic outbreak. In that case the risk of HIV transmission would be increased as it would with any STD that causes... Read more »

herpes and others

how do i get tested for herpes and syphlis
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...The test for syphilis is a simple blood test.The diagnosis of Herpes simplex usually involves examining the lesions, which can be oral, vaginal, anal or on the penis. The Read more »

herpes and hiv

I have had hiv for 2 years and my viral load is low and cd4 is high. im not on meds. I was just diagnosed with herpes type 2 by a blood test. I have had no symptoms of herpes. Is it easy for me to transfer herpes to my partner? I also have...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
What was the exact test that was performed on your blood sample? It is not clear from your description that you actually have an acute case of HSV2 or just past evidence of exposure. Read more »

Herpes

I just got blood test result for HSV2 virus.It reads Anti-HSV2 lgG: Ratio 2.09Anti-HSV2 lgM: NegatifWhat does it mean?
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...You have been exposed to herpes simplex type 2 some time in the past. Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

... What Is Herpes? HSV and HIV How Is HSV Transmitted? How Is Herpes Treated? Can Herpes Be Prevented? The Bottom Line What Is Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

How Risky Is It?

...sure whether you have been infected is to get tested. You should wait for 3 months after a possible exposure. Then get an HIV blood test (see Fact Sheet 102 ). You might feel that you have been exposed to HIV by sharing needles, an accident, or... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Opportunistic Infections

...(CMV) is a viral infection that causes eye disease that can lead to blindness. CD4 cell range: under 50. See Fact Sheet 504 . Herpes simplex viruses can cause oral herpes (cold sores) or genital herpes. These are fairly common infections, but... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Genital Herpes

...a sample from the sore(s) and testing it in a laboratory. HSV infections can be diagnosed between outbreaks by the use of a blood test. Blood tests, which detect antibodies to HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection, can be helpful, although the results are... Read more »
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Any herpes survivors out there??

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...hereps 3 years ago. the catch is that when diagnosed i had a pinch size soar and was to small to culture. I had a standard blood test for it (was told if u have hepres 1 it would be positive) but still had test (came back +) i still had my... Read more »

Herpes?

Posted by sadface, 4 Replies
...I have been reading a little on herpes. How soon can you get a blood test to see if you are caring the virus? When does it begin to show up? UG! Thanks, SF Read more »

herpes?

Posted by sadface, 4 Replies
...How soon is TOO soon for a herpes blood test??? Thanks, SF Read more »

Living with HIV and Herpes

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Hey I want to hear from anyone thats living with HIV and Herpes how they have coped with the 2 and whether there is any link to Herpes increasing the rapid progression of HIV? Read more »