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Quick question about tests

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yzabet

I know the blood tests you can get done are looking for antibodies and that, due to a few squirrely properties of hsv in the immune system, you may get false negatives or positives and other weird results.

But what about the lesion swabs you can get done during an active breakout? I've seen a lot of questions raised about blood test results, but not yet seen any to lesion culture results.

What do the cultures look for and identify, and why is that so much more accurate than a blood/antibody test?

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I know the blood tests you can get done are looking for antibodies and that, due to a few squirrely properties of hsv in the immune system, you may get false negatives or positives and other weird results.

But what about the lesion swabs you can get done during an active breakout? I've seen a lot of questions raised about blood test results, but not yet seen any to lesion culture results.

What do the cultures look for and identify, and why is that so much more accurate than a blood/antibody test?

Cultures actually look for the virus itself - They are considered "very" accurate with a positive result; although, a negative result does not rule out possible herpes because the virus can "die" quickly - if it's a recurrent infection. Blood tests are not really as accurate as a lot of people believe them to be. Everyone is different in the antibody level they will show - or not show.

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