Will std test show herpes?

If you didn't know before, herpes isn't usually included in a standard STD panel. That means that all those screening tests that you've done so diligently since you started having sex, and those that you may have asked your partner to do as well, probably didn't include herpes. The CDC doesn't recommend testing for herpes for people without symptoms in most situations. This is due to the limits of a blood test for herpes and the possibility of obtaining an incorrect result.

The chances of getting the wrong test results are higher for people who have a low risk of infection. For herpes, according to CDC guidelines, testing is only done if there are symptoms and there are several reasons for this distinction. First, research shows that diagnosing herpes in a person with no symptoms does not change that person's sexual behavior or prevent herpes from spreading. Second, there is a chance of getting a false positive with herpes tests.

Since herpes lasts a lifetime and is incurable (with no evidence to suggest a possibility of sexual behavior), it's best to avoid false positives as far as possible with herpes testing. Genital herpes is usually diagnosed through an exam by a medical professional and a blood test. If you suspect that you have genital herpes (which is mainly caused by HSV), you can get an antibody test. Blood tests may be used when a person has no visible symptoms but is concerned that they have herpes.

Blood tests don't actually detect the virus, but instead look for antibodies (the body's immune response) in the blood.

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