Herpes Screening - Herpes
diagnosis of genital and labial herpes is based on the clinical examination and, if necessary, on the isolation
of the virus of vesicular lesions by viral culture (of blister fluid from lesions).
Other test may
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) – this medical procedure allows your physician to
detecting small amounts
of DNA and presence of herpes virus.
Serology – medical study of your blood serum to identify presence
of antibodies against hepatitis A virus infection and herpes simplex virus.
Immunofluorescence – this medical technique allows your heath care provider
to detecting viral antigen from monoclonal
antibodies. This specific and rapid method is also used to make distinction between HSV1 and
Tzanck test - also called herpes skin test, is a method of scraping up cold sores, fever blister, or
genital sores with a
dye to detect the presence of herpes
simplex virus or varicella-zoster virus.