[Reprinted with permission from DatingWithHerpes.org].
Most doctors do NOT include a test for herpes during routine STD testing for their patients. This is because many doctors are not up-to-date about herpes blood tests and effective treatments. So unless you specifically ask your doctor to give you a blood test for herpes, it is unlikely that you or your friends or partners have ever been tested for herpes. So start asking specifically for a herpes blood test. And whenever necessary, bring your doctor some of the information and links from this website so that they can become better informed – for their next patients!
Herpes Lab Cultures
Many doctors and health care professionals are not up-to-date about herpes diagnosis and will tell you that the only way to accurately diagnose whether or not you have the genital herpes virus is by taking a swab from an active herpes sore or lesion and sending it to the lab for a culture test. However, this only works if the patient’s sore is fairly new or else the virus may no longer be active. Because most people have few, mild or no outbreaks, we recommend getting a herpes blood test whether or not any active sores or lesions are present.
Herpes Blood Tests
Many out-of-date doctors will tell you that there are no reliable blood tests for herpes that can accurately distinguish between HSV-1 and HSV-2. These doctors *used to* be right. And some of the old, inaccurate blood tests are still out there. But medicine has made great strides, and since 1999, there are several NEW IgG 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 exposure to the virus.
Since some doctors and clinics are still using the older, inaccurate blood tests – always make sure to find out the name of the company and test that your doctor or lab is ordering for herpes blood tests, and make sure it is one of the tests on the “good” list and not one of the tests on the “bad” list.
Good Herpes Blood Tests Reference Guide
Click here to view the Recommended Herpes Blood Tests Reference Guide from the American Social Health Association (ASHA). Give a copy to your doctor!
Some of the Good Tests include: Captia ELISA HSV1 and HSV2 Tests from Trinity Biotech USA, HerpeSelect 1&2 Differentiation Immunoblot from Focus Diagnostics, and the Western Blot Test from University of Washington, considered to be the “gold standard” for all herpes blood tests.
Old, Innacurate Herpes Blood Tests List
- Zeus, HSV-1 and/or HSV-2 ELISA Test System, Raritan, NJ
- Sigma, Herpes 1-IgG, Herpes 2-IgG, St Louis, MO
- Wampole Labs, HSV-1 IgG ELISA, HSV-2 IgG ELISA, Cranbury, NJ
Planned Parenthood Confidential Herpes Testing
Private Confidential Lab Testing
You must WAIT AT LEAST 12-16 WEEKS after you were exposed to herpes, in order to give the virus antibodies enough time to develop in your blood stream. Otherwise the blood tests may not be accurate.