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What are tests that a doctor administers to check for herpes?

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Genital herpes is a viral infection you can get from having sex with someone who already has it. To check for herpes, your doctor usually does a physical exam and then likely orders one of these tests:

  • Viral culture
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
  • Blood test

From: Herpes Test: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Genital Herpes.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Herpes.”

Lab Tests Online: “Herpes Testing.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Screening for Genital Herpes Simplex: Brief Update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes Blood Test Reference Guide.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Genital Herpes.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Herpes.”

Lab Tests Online: “Herpes Testing.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Screening for Genital Herpes Simplex: Brief Update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes Blood Test Reference Guide.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

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