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Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 & 2 Qualitative PCR – Serum

Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 & 2 Qualitative PCR – Serum

The Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 & 2 Qualitative PCR test for serum is a highly accurate test used to detect the presence of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) in the serum, a component of the blood. HSV is a common virus that causes herpes, a sexually transmitted infection marked by genital sores and blisters.

Herpes Simplex Virus can be categorized into two types: HSV-1, primarily causing oral herpes, leading to cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth; and HSV-2, leading to genital herpes. However, both types can cause herpes sores in either the oral or genital area.

  • Test Name Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 & 2 Qualitative PCR – Serum
  • Sample Type Blood
  • Preparations Required There are no special preparations necessary for this test. You should inform your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking as some medications might interfere with the test results.
  • Report Time 24 hours

Why is this test done?

This test is done to confirm the presence of HSV-1 or HSV-2 in the blood serum, particularly if you have signs and symptoms suggestive of herpes, like painful sores or blisters in the oral or genital areas.

How is the test performed?

The test requires a blood sample which is obtained through a needle inserted into a vein in your arm.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No special preparation is needed for this test. However, you should inform your doctor about any medications or supplements you are taking.

A positive result indicates the presence of HSV-1 or HSV-2 in the blood, confirming a herpes infection. A negative result means no HSV was detected, but it does not completely rule out the infection.

If your test result is positive, your healthcare provider will discuss the result and next steps with you, which may include antiviral medication.

Yes, the PCR test can differentiate between HSV-1 and HSV-2.

Yes, PCR is highly sensitive and can detect HSV shortly after infection.

The test involves a routine blood draw, which is generally safe. You might feel a slight prick or stinging sensation when the needle is inserted.

If you are sexually active and have multiple partners, it is recommended to get tested regularly. You should also get tested if you experience any symptoms of herpes.

Using condoms during sexual intercourse and not sharing personal items like toothbrushes can help prevent herpes infection. If you or your partner are infected, it is crucial to avoid sexual activities during an outbreak.

There's no cure for herpes. However, medication can help manage symptoms and reduce the risk of transmission to others.

Yes, if left untreated, herpes can lead to complications like increased risk of other sexually transmitted infections, bladder problems, meningitis, and newborn infection.

If your test result is abnormal, you should consult a specialist in infectious disease or a dermatologist.

Yes, herpes is a very common infection. Many people living with herpes do not know they have it because they don't show symptoms.

Several factors might affect the test results including the timing of the test. If the test is done too soon after exposure, the virus may not be detected. Certain medications, particularly antiviral medications, can also affect the results.

Yes, like any test, false-positive or false-negative results are possible. A false-positive result means the test shows you have the infection when you don't. A false-negative result means the test shows you don't have the infection when you actually do.

Herpes is not likely to be spread by toilet seats, towels, or other objects used by an infected person, because the virus dies quickly outside of the body.

The HSV PCR test is very accurate and is currently the gold standard for diagnosing herpes infections.

The PCR test detects current, active herpes infection. It does not show past infections. For determining past infection, an antibody test, which checks for the presence of antibodies against the virus in your blood, is used.

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