Diagnosis for Herpes Simplex

Herpes infection is usually identified when its characteristic lesions are detected. But since other conditions can also trigger such lesions, your doctor may perform certain laboratory tests in addition to visual examination. This is also important since many individuals with the infection may not manifest any visible lesions. The laboratory tests for diagnosing herpes include virologic and serologic tests. Virologic tests involve an analysis of a skin sample obtained from the affected area. Serologic tests examine a blood sample to detect antibodies. 
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