Serology for Herpes Simplex Virus : tips, pitfalls and misconceptions
This article was first published in French in the October 2016 issue of the journal Le médecin du Québec.
Serology is a valuable tool for diagnosing certain sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) and for counselling patients on how to prevent their transmission. Failure to understand how to use it or how to assess its limitations may nevertheless be very risky. Misdiagnosing genital herpes or falsely reassuring patients about the absence of infection may have negative consequences for them, their new sexual partners and their future children.