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When To Test 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, 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

... The authors conducted a prospective study of the psychosocial response to a new serological herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) diagnosis in patients receiving care at an urban HIV clinic. At entry, patients' sera were tested 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 »

Herpes and HIV Testing - DJ, Chiquilla

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I have tested NEG 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 Read more »

Can Herpes Virus affect testing?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I had unprotected sex with a girl of unknown status, 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 Read more »

Syphilis and Herpes 1/2

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...a little concerned.. since there are rare cases where you might have it without noticing. Question 2 - In order to test for Herpes 1 and 2, does it have to be during an outbreak.. or they just do a blood draw regardless of an outbreak? It's... Read more »