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Amber Click to EMail AmberClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-08-99, 01:18 AM (CST)
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I'm curious about something. Someone I've been dating may have genital herpes. He's going to a clinic to get checked out sometime this week. My question is-Does he have to be having an outbreak to test positive? He's never had an outbreak, but he had unprotected sex with someone who has it a year ago and he just found out. If he does in fact have genital herpes will he test positive?
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depends, Keyser Soze, Dec-08-99, (1)
Re:, Angela, Dec-08-99, (2)
hi amber :), ruby, Dec-08-99, (3)
Amber, Ocean, Dec-08-99, (4)
Testing, Angela, Dec-08-99, (5)
wow Angela :), ruby, Dec-09-99, (6)
Hi Ruby!! :), Angela, Dec-09-99, (7)
hey Angela :), ruby, Dec-09-99, (8)
Testing, Amber, Dec-09-99, (9)

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Keyser Soze Click to EMail Keyser SozeClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-08-99, 01:46 AM (CST)
1. "depends"
It depends on what kind of test he's having--ELISA, Western Blot, and POCKit tests all test the blood for antibodies. ELISAs have more of a chance of false results, so they are the least reliable. The best test by far is to culture an active sore.

KS

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Angela Click to EMail AngelaClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-08-99, 10:26 AM (CST)
2. "Re:"
>I'm curious about something. Someone I've
>been dating may have genital herpes.
> He's going to a clinic
>to get checked out sometime this
>week. My question is-Does he
>have to be having an outbreak
>to test positive? He's never

No...he doesn't have to have an outbreak to test positive. He does have to have the right tests done to find out for sure though.

>had an outbreak, but he had
>unprotected sex with someone who has
>it a year ago and he
>just found out. If he
>does in fact have genital herpes
>will he test positive?

He can test positive for herpes but only if he has the proper testing done to find out if he has it or not. It's possible for folks to have no so accurate tests done to come back with a false- negative even though they really have it.....

Gee...I have to run along to work...can anybody tell her about the "Culture", "Herpes Specific Western Blot test", and the new "Pockit" test?

I'll be back later to check out this thread.

Take Care!!!

=)

Angela

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ruby Click to EMail rubyClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-08-99, 01:15 PM (CST)
3. "hi amber :)"
no he doesn't need to have an active OB to be tested.

There are many ways for him to be tested - here are some http://www.racoon.com/dcforum/Images/happy.gif";>

1. - POCKit test - has to be ordered by his doc - it's a relatively new test. this test looks for HSV-2. you can check out info on it at this web site:

http://www.diagnology.com

2. - Western Blot test - this test can only be run at the University of Washington - see link in research (to your left as you read this) this test can be done by asking your doctor to contact the University of Washington and sending the U of W a blood sample.

the test will check for both HSV 1 and 2


3. culture of a lesion - this is the gold standard of testing - the first 2 tests can tell you if you have herpes but they can't tell you the exact location of the herpes. HSV1 orally is also known as cold sores - so if your BF test ( ) for HSV1 it may be hard to know if he has HSV1 orally or genitally or both....

the culture will tell you which type of herpes and where. if your BF has an active OB and has a lesion or blister - it would be best to get it cultured ASAP <img src="


good luck!

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Ocean Click to EMail OceanClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-08-99, 09:48 PM (CST)
4. "Amber"
Since he never has symptoms, he should have a test that tests for antibodies to the virus. (Cant culture whats not there.) These include elisa, western blot, and the new POCKit test. All test for antibodies in your blood, not for the virus directly. The elisa is by far the most common, but it is not the most unreliable. It is not as specific as the others...hsv-1 and hsv-2 antibodies cross-react somewhat.

The western blot and the POCKit , while harder to get your doc to do, are much more type specific. Since most people have hsv-1, its good if you can distinguish hsv-2. There are links on the main page for these 2 tests.

...Ocean

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Angela Click to EMail AngelaClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-08-99, 11:19 PM (CST)
5. "Testing"
Herpes Testing:
Herpes Diagnosis Resource Centre - Diagnosis and information about Herpes simplex virus and genital herpes http://www.diagnology.com/index.html
The University of Washington Virology Research Clinic http://depts.washington.edu/herpes/
Western Blot - a brief summary http://www.viridae.com/western.htm
Viridae Clinical Sciences Inc. Home Page http://www.viridae.com/
CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service Home Page http://www.centerwatch.com/

Angela

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ruby Click to EMail rubyClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-09-99, 10:33 AM (CST)
6. "wow Angela :)"
great info and very complete
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Angela Click to EMail AngelaClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-09-99, 11:41 AM (CST)
7. "Hi Ruby!! :)"
Thanks for saying so!!
Listen...if you ever see anything that doesn't look right in my list of links you just say the word. I haven't had the time to go over ever nook and cranny with a fine tooth brush. In any case...I am just going on my gut instinct. It's so important to provide a link or two behind what we say so that people can take responsibility for their own health and not take everybody's word for stuff just because they say it's so... Ya know? Anyway.... I predict that in the future we will be able to see and talk to each other online!!! Scary huh?

Happy Thursday!!

Angela

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ruby Click to EMail rubyClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-09-99, 12:04 PM (CST)
8. "hey Angela :)"
you're a great addition to the forum - in a short time you've provided SO much good info and SO many sources of help - we are in debt to you!

hope you are able to get the POCKit tests! le us know how you do!

....can't wait till Friday!

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Amber Click to EMail AmberClick to check IP address of the poster Dec-09-99, 03:11 PM (CST)
9. "Testing"
Thank you all so much for the information. I feel so much better now that I'm informed on the subject.
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