A negative (normal) test usually means you have not been infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2.
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.
What abnormal results mean
A positive test means you have been infected with the herpes simplex virus recently or at some point in the past.
Tests to determine patterns of antibodies can sometimes help determine if you have a recent infection.
Approximately 70% of adults have been infected by HSV-1 and have antibodies against the virus. About 20% of adults will have antibodies against the HSV-2 virus.
Herpes simplex virus stays in your system once you have been infected. It may be dormant and cause no symptoms, or may flare up and cause symptoms. This test cannot tell whether you are having a flare-up.
HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes, whereas...
Understanding Herpes Testing
The most important fact to know in terms of Herpes testing is that
blood testing with an IgG test is the BEST test for diagnosing the disease.
first see the doctor for a suspicious genital ulcer, your health care provider
may ask a lot of really personal and embarrassing questions. Know
that having an accurate sexual history as well as a description of your
symptoms is very important as your health care provider evaluates you. Be honest.
medical history and physical examination alone can not diagnose herpes.
I've seen a
lot of genital herpes, but it's easy to be fooled. I've had patients who had lesions in unusual
places or didn't have a typical story that I mistook for abscesses - only after
they failed antibiotics did I do the culture and verify that it was
On the other hand, I've seen some very typical appearing ulcers on the genitals
that turned out NOT to be herpes.
Although the cause of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) has been studied for many years, scientists still aren't sure about what may cause this debilitating and devastating disease. However, researchers have recently been looking at a possible link between the herpes virus (HSV-1) and AD.
In previous studies, it was found that the brains of people with AD contained a large amount of a protein called beta amyloid . It was thought, therefore, that this protein was the cause of the disease. However, when the levels of this protein were decreased, symptoms did not improve and, in fact, increased. In August 2010, Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical company manufacturing a medication to reduce the levels of beta amyloid released a statement stating that studies showed this medication did not help patients with AD.
This left scientists trying to figure out why there are elevated levels of beta amyloid in the brains of patients with AD if it didn't contribute to the disease. A study compl...
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