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What is a positive herpes test?

A positive herpes test refers to a result of a medical test indicating the presence of the herpes simplex virus (HSV) in the body. The test can be performed on a sample of bodily fluid or tissue, such as blood, urine, or a swab of a blister or sore.

There are two types of herpes viruses: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). A positive herpes test may indicate the presence of either virus.

It’s important to note that a positive herpes test does not necessarily mean that a person is experiencing or will develop symptoms in the future. Some people with herpes may never experience symptoms, while others may experience recurrent outbreaks.

If you receive a positive herpes test result, you must follow up with your healthcare provider to discuss treatment options and ways to manage the condition.