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But medicine has made great strides, and since 1999, there are several NEW Ig G blood tests now available that DO very accurately distinguish between HSV-1 and HSV-2 and are 97-100% ACCURATE, if taken no earlier than 12-16 weeks after your possible exposure to the virus.Please note that despite the relatively high accuracy of these blood tests, false positives and false negatives do occur.Most doctors will NOT test you for herpes – UNLESS YOU ASK SPECIFICALLY FOR A HERPES BLOOD TEST.If you aren’t sure whether or not your doctor tested you for herpes last time, ASK them for a copy of all of your last STD test results.Because most herpes outbreaks are short and mild, and because most people have few, mild or even NO outbreaks, we highly recommend taking a herpes blood test when no active sores or lesions are present, and in ADDITION to a Herpes Lab Culture when there is a sore present.A PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test can be done on cells or fluid from an active sore and is more sensitive than typical lab culture tests.

Most doctors NEVER test their patients for herpes, even when they are testing you for other STD’s. A herpes blood test is NOT INCLUDED in the Standard STD Panels.

PCR finds the genetic material (DNA) of the HSV virus and can tell the difference between HSV-1 and HSV-2.

Although this test may be more expensive than lab cultures, it is definitely more accurate and less likely to result in a false negative or false positive.

The best way to diagnose herpes when you are not having symptoms is to request a herpes blood test.

Or if you are having an active outbreak – then immediately go to the doctor to get a herpes lab culture AND a herpes blood test.However, this only works if the patient’s sore is fairly new or else the virus may no longer be active on the skin.