Genital Herpes Testing

A genital herpes test is used to detect if a person is positive for the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This test is most especially done for those who have genital sores. A health care provider can check if a person is positive for the herpes simplex virus through a physical exam and some laboratory tests. The most commonly performed tests are listed below.

  1. genital herpes testThe Polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) is the most commonly used test for detecting genital herpes. The PCR test is performed by getting a sample of the patient’s blood or tissue from a sore. The sample is then tested for any presence of the DNA of the herpes simplex virus.
  2. A viral or cell culture is used to diagnose genital herpes by taking a tissue sample from the symptom (sores or blisters) and is then examined in a laboratory. This test is mostly recommended within 2 days after an outbreak has begun. However, this test may have a few disadvantages. It can show a false-negative result (test result shows negative but is actually positive) for HSV. One reason is when the sores start to heal because there may be insufficient active virus found in the sample. Another situation is when the sample came from a recurrent outbreak (not the initial outbreak of symptoms).
  3. An antibody test (blood test) is usually performed by taking a sample of the patient’s blood and examined for any HSV presence. This test can detect past genital herpes infection. The advantage of having this test is that HSV can still be detected even if the patient does not have the outbreak or show no symptoms. However, this test can only identify that the patient had an exposure to the virus at some point but does not diagnose when the outbreak occurred.

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