Can herpes be detected in urine?

Yes, herpes can be detected in urine, but this is not a common way to test for herpes. Urine tests for herpes are not as widely available or commonly used as blood tests or culture tests. Blood tests, which detect antibodies to the herpes virus, are the most frequently used tests for herpes and are highly accurate. Culture tests, which detect the virus itself, are also used to diagnose herpes.

In some cases, a urine test may be used as a follow-up to a positive blood test to help confirm the diagnosis of herpes. However, urine tests for herpes are not as reliable as blood tests or culture tests and are not typically used as the primary means of diagnosing herpes.

If you suspect you may have herpes, discussing your testing options with your healthcare provider is essential to determine the best test for you.