Genital Herpes (cont.)
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Genital Herpes Diagnosis
Many doctors will begin treatment based only on the appearance of the sores, if the sores seem typical of herpes. Doctors may also take a swab of the sore and send the swab to the laboratory to see if the virus is present. A number of types of tests may be ordered to establish the diagnosis, including:
These types of tests generally require at least a few days for results to be obtained. In some cases, blood tests to confirm the presence of an immune response to the herpes virus may be ordered.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/4/2014
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