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A frequent source of consternation is when the physician's diagnosis of herpes is accompanied by a negative culture result. What does this mean? It is important to stress that timing is critical when attempting to successfully confirm the presence and type of herpes. The highest rates of confirmation and identification result from cultures performed in the first 24-48 hours following onset of herpes sores - even moreso when the lesions are still intact. When your sores have blistered open or have been present for greater than 48 hours, the culture success rate decreases enormously. Timing is everything! A negative result in the presence of a physician diagnosis does not rule out herpes - it is not unusual to require two or three culture attempts prior to confirmation.
If you suspect that you are suffering from a herpes outbreak - call for an emergency appointment! Make sure to highlight the reason for your call - Timing is everything and we will do our best to see you as soon as possible!