Herpes Test

There are several herpes test options, and it typically depends on where you get the testing done. It also depends on the type of herpes that may be present. For example, they may be on the mouth or the eye. In such a scenario, then a swab sample would be taken and tested. When the issue has to do with the STD known as genital herpes, a sample of DNA from the genital region will need to be taken.
Since a person can have genital herpes without any symptoms, it is a good idea to be tested if you have had unprotected sex. It is also a good idea to be tested if anyone you have been sexually active with tells you that they have tested positive. Herpes can be spread very quickly so taking action against that occurring is very important. Any type of sores around the mouth, eyes, or genital area should be a red flag that something isn’t right and for you to schedule a herpes test.
The PCR blood test is commonly conducted. This test determines if you have herpes, even if you don’t have any symptoms. The test looks for the DNA of the herpes virus in the body. This is the type of test that is commonly used because it is least invasive and it is very accurate.  If you have sores, your doctor may take a culture of it. This allows them to look at it closely under a microscope.
The problem though is that the culture may give a false negative if the sores are already in the healing process. They can also offer a false negative if you have just been recently infected. It can take several weeks after exposure for the antibodies of the virus to be detected through this type of testing.
For women who may have genital herpes, a sample of DNA may be taken from the rectum or the vaginal area. For men, a sample of DNA may be taken from the urethra or from the rectum. Due to the amount of time it can take for the positive results to show up, it is best not to engage in sexual activity for several weeks if you believe there is any chance you have herpes.
There are some experimental tests out there now that look for herpes. These tests allow you to use saliva, tears, or urine to be able to take a herpes test. Many of these types of tests are designed for private at home use. However, such tests aren’t as accurate.
If you have a herpes test that is positive, you need to follow the care treatment plan of your doctor. You may need to take antibiotics for up to 10 days. You should avoid touching the sores and you should avoid kissing or having sex with anyone. You should also notify any partners you have had within the past 90 days so that they can also be tested. Herpes spreads very quickly and very easily.

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