Tests and diagnosisBy Mayo Clinic staff
Your doctor usually can diagnose genital herpes based on a physical exam and the results of certain laboratory tests:
- DNA test. A sample of your blood, sore tissue or spinal fluid can be tested to establish the presence of HSV and determine which type of HSV you have.
- Blood test. This test analyzes a sample of your blood for the presence of HSV antibodies to detect a past herpes infection.
- Viral culture. This test involves taking a tissue sample or scraping of the sores for examination in the laboratory.
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