A new herpes blood test has just come onto the market and is the center of much controversy. The most accurate method of determining if you have herpes or not is by doing a direct swab from an open sore, be it oral or genital. This will tell you if you have Type One or Type Two herpes. However, the herpes blood test cannot determine accurately between the two types.
The herpes blood test actually tests for antibodies, which your body should have created when it first recognized the disease. While this tells you that you have been infected with the herpes simplex virus in the past, it will not be able to tell you how long you have been infected. The herpes blood test doesn’t detect if the virus is in your body, either, only the antibodies, so it can’t be used to tell you what type you have or where it is.
While you may be experiencing symptoms that seem to be herpes-related, this doesn’t mean that you have the virus. The herpes blood test cannot tell you if your symptoms are being caused by herpes or something else. The best way is to swap a sore to see if what you are experiencing is caused by HPV. If so, then you can begin treatment.
So, what good is a herpes blood test? Well, it gives the doctor a better idea of whether or not herpes is a possibility to consider. If no antibodies are detected, chances are that you don’t have it. However, some people can be carriers and not realize it, having never experienced an outbreak or anything else and the herpes blood test can let them know that there is a very good possibility that they are infected and may be passing the infection on to others.
There are actually specific herpes blood tests for Type One or Type Two herpes that will tell you if you have had problems with these types of the virus in the past. The blood tests are more accurate than a general herpes blood test and will be administered if the doctor has reason to believe that you are suffering from one particular type of herpes, genital or oral.
The herpes blood tests available are still not up to par with the actual swab test. However, if you aren’t sure about whether or not you have been exposed, they can be useful in determining this. Herpes blood tests are also very useful in that they can determine if you are a potential carrier of the disease.