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Old 04-24-2008, 08:46 PM   #1
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Herpes testing specifics

Guys, if a gynac tests you, would she normally notice any sores related to Herpes? Are they clearly obvious?

I'm also planning on doing blood tests to test for herpes. Can someone provide the technical names for these or are they just called antibody blood tests? Also, should I do the IGG and leave out the IGM?

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Old 04-25-2008, 05:38 PM   #2
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Re: Herpes testing specifics

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Are they clearly obvious?
Nothing is obvious in the Herpes world. Never trust a visual diagnosis as proof that you have or do not have Herpes.

The correct Bloodtest is an IgG type specific test, HerpeSelect is the most common. Skip the older IgM test, those results are worthless. The keys words to give your doctor is type specific IgG and HerpeSelect. If you see him/her order an IgM test, make them pay for it.

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Old 04-26-2008, 07:16 AM   #3
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Re: Herpes testing specifics

Does herpes select multiple tests? do you know what they are called? Do they test for HSV-1 as well as HSV-2?

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Old 04-26-2008, 08:35 AM   #4
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Re: Herpes testing specifics

Herpes Select is the brand name, (like Ford or Chevy). Herpes Select comes in different versions; ELISA, Immunoblot, and Plexus (just like there are several models of Ford cars trucks and vans). It doesn't matter what verion of the Herpes Select test you get, they all have the same accuracy at about 97-98%, assuming you wait at least 12-16 weeks post last possible exposure.

The HerpeSelect test only test for the Herpes virus, it doesn't look for HIV or other STDs. Do not ask for a standard STD exam, cause it usually does not include a Herpes test. The doctor may draw blood, may even say all your blood work is fine, but it doesn't mean you were tested for Herpes. You have to ask to be tested for Herpes.

Be sure and get hard copies of your Herpes test results in case you have questions about the results and or the actual test given.

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Old 04-28-2008, 07:24 AM   #5
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Re: Herpes testing specifics

Thanks for your detailed responses and I'll keep you updated

thank you again!

 
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