Diagnosis of Genital Herpes

The diagnosis of genital herpes is based on a physical examination and certain laboratory tests. The tests for genital herpes include:

  • DNA Test: To determine the presence of HSV and the strain of HSV, a sample of the blood, spinal fluid or infected tissue is obtained and analyzed.
  • Blood Test: An analysis of the blood helps to establish if HSV antibodies are present. This is used to determine if previous infection has occurred.
  • Viral Culture: In this test, a sample of the sore tissue is obtained and examined in the laboratory.

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