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Do you have to ask for herpes test?
You can get tested for herpes and other STDs at your doctor’s office, a community health clinic, the health department, or your local Planned Parenthood health center. STD testing isn’t usually part of your regular checkup or gynecologist exam — you have to ask for it.
Why is herpes not included in STD screening?
Second, there is a chance for a false positive with herpes testing. Since herpes is life-long and incurable (with no evidence to suggest a chance in sexual behavior), it’s best to avoid false positives as much as possible with herpes testing.
Do doctors always test for herpes?
Major medical associations regularly publish guidelines for how doctors should practice. When it comes to STD screening, the general consensus and recommendation is to not test individuals for herpes unless they have symptoms. Most people with herpes have no idea they’re infected.
How long can you have herpes without testing positive?
If the infection occurred very recently (within a few weeks to 3 months), the test may be negative, but you may still be infected. This is called a false negative. It can take up to 3 months after a possible herpes exposure for this test to be positive.
Can you be falsely diagnosed with herpes?
False positive results can occur with many diagnostic tests, including STD tests. The chances of false positive results increase as the likelihood of the infection decreases in the person being tested. False positive HSV-2 results can happen, especially in people who are at low risk for a herpes infection.
Is it common to be asymptomatic with herpes?
Most oral and genital herpes infections are asymptomatic. Symptoms of herpes include painful blisters or ulcers at the site of infection. Herpes infections are most contagious when symptoms are present but can still be transmitted to others in the absence of symptoms.
Will herpes show up in a standard blood test?
Blood tests can be used when a person has no visible symptoms but has concerns about having herpes. Blood tests do not actually detect the virus; instead, they look for antibodies (the body’s immune response) in the blood.
Can someone test negative for herpes and still have it?
A “negative” viral culture or PCR result could mean you don’t have genital herpes. But in some cases, a person could still have genital herpes and a negative result. That’s likely due to other factors related to how much virus there is in the sores. You don’t need to do anything to prepare for these tests.