What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- If a Reference culture Opens New Window sample is taken from a crusted, older sore.
- If a blood sample is taken before antibodies against HSV have formed. This period is called the window period or Reference seroconversion period Opens New Window.
- If you are taking antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir, famciclovir, ganciclovir, or valacyclovir.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 21, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease