by Dr. H., Medical Director www.herpes.org
I am continuously asked by people through this website about testing for genital and oral herpes, as well as what the various tests mean regarding both oral and genital herpes. This paper will cover some of the essentials regarding testing for herpes infections.
The “gold standard” for diagnosis of herpes is the viral culture. If a viral culture taken at a clinic from an active herpes lesion is positive for herpes simplex, then this makes the diagnosis.