However, this only works if the patient’s sore is fairly new or else the virus may no longer be active on the skin.If you get a Herpes Lab Culture and it comes out negative, you may still have genital herpes.
PCR finds the genetic material (DNA) of the HSV virus and can tell the difference between HSV-1 and HSV-2.
Although this test may be more expensive than lab cultures, it is definitely more accurate and less likely to result in a false negative or false positive.
Since most people with genital herpes have few, infrequent or even NO noticeable symptoms, it can be difficult to know whether or not you have genital herpes.
The herpes pictures that you might find on the internet are of extremely rare worst cases, and give a false impression of what most people with herpes experience – which is usually NOT noticeable.
If you do not have health insurance, you can sometimes get a type-specific herpes blood test done at local public health clinics funded by your city, county or state.