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Herpes?Or Aids?

Jun 17, 1997

Is it true that having the Hiv virus would give you a positive herpes culture?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

Being infected with HIV will not cause a positive Herpes Culture. Herpes and HIV are two totally different viruses. However, there are some people who are infected with both HIV and Herpes at the same time. A Herpes Culture will only show positive in a person who is infected with the Herpes virus. Other viruses, including HIV, will not cause a positive result on a Herpes Culture test.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).

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