Re: Are blood tests good indicators of herpes infections?
They could do a culture, but a negative wouldn't be conclusive since you are 10 days into your outbreak. a positive would be conclusive.
HSV is not a reportable disease, so it would not get put into a database or anything. And, just FYI, with reportable diseases, only demographic information is shared, never identifying information like your name, address, or ssn. So you don't need to worry much about that. Nothing happens if you are dx with hsv. It will be documented in your medical record, as with any other dx, and they will offer treatment suggestions like they already have, nothing else. In my opinion, if you have a lifelong virus (which both shingles and hsv are) then it's important to know what you have. There's no reason to avoid an hsv diagnosis if it turns out that you have hsv. There's nothing wrong with it. and, if one doc said it is hsv and prescribed valtrex, then you have already been dx with it and it's been documented. Testing would just serve to give you the most accurate info and either confirm or disprove that dx.
Mom to two HSV-1 survivors!