Assuming that you have already waded through the painful experience of your symptoms, you are probably wondering exactly how one can go about acquiring certainly as to whether the Epstein-Barr Virus has grown into a chronic infection. Several tests exist in which this can be investigated. The following is a list of steps you should take if you believe you are suffering from CEBV.
Visit to your primary care physician.
This is perhaps the most important step, because only your doctor can verify whether or not you are facing a chronic infection from the virus. Your doctor may inspect your lymph nodes, order a urine specimen, amongst other routine checks. Usually it is through your PCP that you can have a blood test ordered to be certain of infection. Your doctor is the first step in that they can assess the feasibility of CEBV based on your physical/mental condition and overall presentation of symptoms.
This simple blood test is done in order to test the presence of Mononucleosis. Keep in mind that you may simply be experiencing this disease and not CEBV. Therefore, it would be wise to be tested for it to be certain. It may be discovered that you were first infected with Mono, which then progressed into CEBV. There are several strains of Mono, so keep that in mind.
Epstein-Barr antibody test.
Another blood test. This one will detect the presence of the virus in your system. Normally, antibodies are produced a few weeks after the initial infection. It can also be used to detect whether or not the virus is currently active or dormant.
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