Genital herpes test have various types. You will need to recognize each type of test to make sure that you are taking the right one. In fact, it is better if you can ask for doctor to get the best suggestion. Generally, there are 4 type of test that you may take as follow:
This type of test is worked by finding antigen from cells smeared through microscope slide. Antigen itself will be commonly find on the surface of cell that infected by herpes simplex virus.
Polymerase Chain Reaction or PCR test
PCR test is the kind of genital herpes test that is looking for genetic material or the HSV virus DNA. You are even possible to differentiate whether you are infected with HSV 1 or HSV 2. For this test, you will need to collect blood, body fluid or fluid from the lesion.
Cell Culture Test
If you get the symptom then you should take some test to make sure. Try to gather some sample from your sore. The test that you should take is the specific virus culture. Be sure that you take the test before the sores get healed. Active lesion is needed to observe the virus specimen. Using the microscope, the grown and multiply ability of the virus will be controlled. If you taking the test after the lesion get healed then you may get false test result.
Antibody test is also well known as blood test. This type of test is usually taken when there is no symptom clearly seen. Blood will be needed to take sample and find the antibodies that usually makes by immune system to deal with herpes infection. It is even worked well to detect whether you are having HSV 1 or HSV 2 infection. The minus point of this test is the long standard or time and its price.