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Diagnostic Testing for Genital and Oral Herpes

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.
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STD Clinics

We are currently working on developing our own list of STD clinics based on our “Patient-Friendly Health-Care Practitioner” philosophy. In the meantime, the folks at Unspeakable.Com have a searchable database from the CDC list of STD clinics.

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