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When Should I Get Tested For Herpes

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Will Herpes test detect HIV?

Doctor Bob,I have had a genital swab test done for Herpes. The test being done is a PCR test.Because HIV can be detected by PCR does this mean that this test will detect HIV if it is present in my body?Thanks
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Will a herpes test detect HIV? No, of course not. If it did, it would be called an HIV test, right? PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction. Read more »

RYAN HERPES .....TESTED..........HERPES...?????????????????

HIAFTER MY EXPOSURE ON 12 DECEMBER I TESTED FOR ANTIBODIES OF ORAL HERPES,NEGATIVE ON 18 JAN.I DID... Read more »

How soon to test for Herpes

Dear Dr:About 4 days after unprotected sex, I began suffering from irritated and painful genitals. ... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lab Tests for Herpes Often Give Wrong Results

... A recent survey of laboratories performing herpes simplex virus (HSV) testing found many used blood tests that often give false results. In a proficiency examination of HSV testing, the College of American Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Government Proposes Easing Rules on Making, Administering Herpes Tests

...proposed rule released Jan. 6 but dated Dec. 21, the Food and Drug Administration said it may change how it classifies tests for herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, reducing the regulatory burdens associated with the tests. Julie Zawisza, FDA... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Psychosocial Impact of Serological Herpes Simplex Type 2 Testing in an Urban HIV Clinic

...well with a positive HSV-2 result," the authors concluded. "Concerns about psychosocial burden should not deter serological testing for HSV-2. Given the epidemiological and clinical interaction between HSV-2 and HIV, these data support routing... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Herpes Vaccine for Women Being Tested

...the Herpevac Trial for Women. "It is an important area because one out of four women in the [United States] develop genital herpes," as do one out of five males, said Dr. Stanley A. Gall, principal investigator at University of Louisville, which... Read more »
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Can HIV antibodies cross react in a herpes test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi folks, I am wondering if HIV antibodies can be mistakenly be picked up by HSV-2 IgG ELISA. This may cause false positive for HSV-2. ELISA (even for HSV-2) being a more sensitive test as compared to specific has been always known to throw in false... Read more »

Can Herpes Virus affect testing?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...1 week later I got blisters and was diagnosed with Herpes, as if that wasn't bad enough I began having other symptoms. I was tested by elisa at 10 weeks and negative. Can the herpes infection cause me to show negative for HIV? Does herpes have... Read more »

Herpes and HIV Testing - DJ, Chiquilla

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...on 14 day Elisa, 28 day PCR/Elisa, 6 and 8 week Elisa. On the 8th week I learn I have herpes. Do I need to continue with HIV testing or is 8 weeks finr. Everuone keep ssaying herpes give clear path for HIV - Imnot sure what that means. ANu advice... Read more »

Varicela igG/Herpes1igG,to test antibodyproduction

Posted by Anonymous
...is a good idea if you suspect no antibodyproduction for hiv-lack of antibody production, to test for forexample Varicela igG/Herpes 1igG,ilnesses most of us have been exposed to? Read more »