Re: Blood Tests
I'm not quite sure why you are saying blood tests are inaccurate. The newer ones do distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2, and are in fact "type-specific." You can at least find out if you have antibodies to type 2 (even in the absence of an outbreak). If you do have antibodies to HSV 2, you know you've got genital herpes. True, if it shows that you don't have any HSV 2 antibodies and you do have HSV 1, then you're going to try to need to get a swab done during an outbreak, as about 80% of the population has antibodies to HSV 1. However, the advice of getting a swab test done instead, well I don't think that's really that much better. You've got a very good chance of getting false negatives with swab tests (they are in fact notorious for this), as you have to get it swabbed at the exact time during an outbreak when there is active virus on your skin, which isn't all that long in duration.