okay...when reading the symptoms for herpes it says that some people dont even show sypmtoms of it.so if you dont have any signs of bumps then how can you test for herpes? i thought that they had to test through one of the sores or something?
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replied October 27th, 2008
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There are a few ways to test for herpes.

1. Antibody tests can determine whether you have HSV-1 or HSV-2. These tests can also tell if you have ever been exposed to either of these strains in the past (IgG test) or was just recently exposed to one of them (IgM test).

2. You'll have to wait for a blister to appear. Then, a doctor can take a viral culture of blister fluid from the lesion and look for positive signs of herpes simplex virus. The herpes simplex virus can grow within 2 - 3 days. The diagnosis is done via PCR test from the blister fluid detects small amounts of DNA and can tell whether the herpes virus is present in the blister OR via Tzanck test of the skin lesion. This test involves staining human cells within the blister fluid with a dye. If the cells from the fluid contain viral particles, they become visible. The Tzanck test cannot determine which strain of virus is in the blister, so it's not THAT accurate.
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