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Does a swab test distinguish between HSV1 and HSV2?

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Posted on Thu, 16 Jun 2016
Question: I understand there are swab and blood tests for HSV. My question is whether swab tests distinguish between HSV1 & HSV2. I understand that blood tests can distinguish between HSV1 & HSV2 antibodies, but I don't know if that's true about swab tests. Could you please elaborate? In other words, if someone has genital HSV, can a swab test definitively tell whether the virus is HSV1 or HSV2?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (43 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Swab for PCR for type specific HSV DNA can distinguish between types

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us.

I am dr.kakkar(dermatologist). I have hone through your query and i have noted your concern

Yes, swab test which is a type specific PCR for Hsv DNA can very well distinguish between hsv types.

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Does a swab test distinguish between HSV1 and HSV2?

Brief Answer: Swab for PCR for type specific HSV DNA can distinguish between types Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you for writing to us. I am dr.kakkar(dermatologist). I have hone through your query and i have noted your concern Yes, swab test which is a type specific PCR for Hsv DNA can very well distinguish between hsv types. Regards