Herpes is a viral disease that is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 and type 2. A herpes infection often causes small, painful blister looking sores on the skin or the mucous membrane of the throat, vagina, urethra, nose, mouth, and rectum. In most cases tests are done for sores in the genital area though other tests can be done from spinal fluid, urine, blood or tears sample.
Why a test for herpes may be done
- To find out whether sores in your vaginal area or in your mouth are as a result of HSV
- To find out which type of virus is causing the Herpes infection- HSV1- or HSV2
- To find out whether the partner of the person infected with the HSV is also infected
- To diagnose whether a new-born baby has acquired HSV virus from its mother during birth – if the mother has genital herpes
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