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What are antibody tests for genital herpes?

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Antibodies are proteins made by your immune system in response to an infection. With direct fluorescent antibody testing, a solution that contains a certain kind of antibodies and a fluorescent dye is added to the sample of cells. If the virus is present in the sample, the antibodies stick to it and glow when they're looked at under a special microscope.

From: Tests to Diagnose Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

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Terri Warren, RN.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 21, 2018

SOURCES:  CDC. 

MedlinePlus.

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 

Reuters Health. 

Terri Warren, RN.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 21, 2018

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