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What happens during a blood test for herpes?

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For this test for genital herpes, your doctor puts a thin needle in your arm and draws out a small amount of blood. A lab then checks it for herpes “antibodies,” something your body makes to fight the virus.

You would get a blood test if you think you have been exposed but you don’t have any symptoms.

Labs may use different types of blood tests. With some you can get results the same day, but others may take up to 3 weeks.

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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