Dating with genital herpes
Real herpes symptoms can be overlooked or passed off as being something less significant, such as a pimple, bump, skin rash or ingrown hair.
If you have ANY doubt please contact your Doctor for appropriate testing.
Antibodies are substances produced by your immune system to fight off infections (such as herpes).
Blood tests detect herpes by looking for antibodies in the blood or serum.
It can take any time from two to seven days to get viral culture results back from the laboratory, which may mean several visits to your Doctor before a diagnosis is confirmed. The viral culture often misses herpes even when it is present.
Often a patient who has received a negative culture result will be asked to come back again when a new genital lesion appears so the culture can be tried a second or third time. These tests work by measuring the levels of Herpes simplex antibodies inside your body.
– Does not frequently give a positive result when something else is the culprit – Can also be very sensitive if the specimen is adequate – Provides a way to tell whether the infection is caused by HSV-1 or HSV-2 A poor sample may cause sensitivity to drop.
To help figure out if your symptoms may be caused by the herpes virus there are some simple questions that you can begin with. Herpes is not always typical and can vary from the “norm”.