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How do you test for genital herpes?

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If you're having an outbreak, a doctor can swab the sores to check for the herpes virus. The sooner after an outbreak starts, the better the chances of the test being accurate.

The more common way to find out whether you've got the virus is through blood tests. They show whether you've been exposed to herpes and whether it's type 1 or type 2. Blood samples look for antibodies your immune system makes against the herpes virus. A positive test for HSV-2 probably means that you have the infection.

From: Genital Herpes Testing WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  The American Social Health Association web site. 

CDC web site. 

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases web site.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:  The American Social Health Association web site. 

CDC web site. 

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases web site.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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