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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can a blood test diagnose herpes? Is is accurate?
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

Is it an antibody test or a PCR?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What's a PCR?
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

Forget about it. It is usually to detect herpes virus in the spinal fluid. The blood test is an antibody test. If IgM is increased, you have herpes. IgG can't tell you have it now or you had it in the past.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
All of my STD test came back negative & had a Dx of UTI & BV. I had two sores to develop but since I have been taking antibitics and putting neosporin on them, they are shrinking, but two smaller sores have appeared. They are painless, doesn't itch or really burn.
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

They doesn't seem to be herpes. Your doctor can culture the sample. It is accurate.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do you know if a UTI & BV can cause sores? If they are severe?
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

They don't cause sores.