On this page, we’ll tell you exactly how to get tested for herpes, and which tests are most accurate or least accurate.Most doctors NEVER test their patients for herpes, even when they are testing you for other STD’s. A herpes blood test is NOT INCLUDED in the Standard STD Panels.
Always make sure to find out the name of the company and test that your doctor or lab is ordering for herpes blood tests, and make sure it is one of the tests on the “good” list and not one of the tests on the “bad” list.The American Social Health Association (ASHA.org) published a list of the most accurate herpes blood tests.There are many reasons why many doctors don’t test their patients for herpes.So unless you SPECIFICALLY ASK your doctor to give you a blood test for herpes, it is unlikely that you or your friends or partners have ever been tested.This may be because your doctor is not up-to-date and doesn’t know about the newer, very accurate herpes blood tests. Visual diagnosis is the least accurate way to determine whether or not you have herpes.
The herpes pictures that you might find on the internet are of extremely rare worst cases, and give a false impression of what most people with herpes experience – which is usually NOTHING most of the time.However, you still need to get tested while you are having an active outbreak, or else the HSV cells may no longer be present on the surface of your skin.Many out-of-date doctors will tell you that there are no reliable blood tests for herpes that can accurately distinguish between HSV-1 and HSV-2. And some of the old, inaccurate blood tests are still out there.Here is a list of some of the old, inaccurate Herpes Blood Tests and their names.Make sure your doctor is NOT using one of these: – Diasorin, Herpes 1 or 2 Ig G Clin-ELISATM, Stillwater, MN – Zeus, HSV-1 and/or HSV-2 ELISA Test System, Raritan, NJ – Sigma, Herpes 1-Ig G, Herpes 2-Ig G, St Louis, MO – Wampole Labs, HSV-1 Ig G ELISA, HSV-2 Ig G ELISA, Cranbury, NJThe Western Blot Test is the gold standard for herpes blood tests.If you don’t see a blood test result for both HSV-1 and HSV-2, then you were not tested.