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Ways To Test For Herpes

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

Overview Cause Transmission Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Complications Overview Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, one of every five teenagers and adults is infected with genital herpes. Women are more commonly infected than men and it is estimated that one of every four women has herpes. Although at least 45 million...
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Is this test the only way?

I contacted my campus health center this week to find out about STD testing. I was informed that blood testing is only done for clymidia and HIV testing, that other STD tests involve a probe through the urethra? Needless to say that doesn't...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Blood testing for STD diagnosis is primarily used for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis. Blood testing for antibodies to herpes is possible, but it doesn't tell you much about the course of symptoms. Fluid from active herpes sores can be collected... Read more »

Tests available for herpes detection

Is there any efficient way of testing for herpes that is available to thepublic? I am interested in knowing about a test taht can be performed when noherpes lesions are present. My girlfriend kissed me and gave me oral sex whenshe had a herpes cold...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. Herpes is best diagnosed when a person isactively showing symptoms of the infection. Information about symptomsrelated to Herpes can be found in the post, "How is herpes transmittedexactly...fluid mucosal... Read more »

Herpes testing

Dear Ryan, I had IgG antibody test few days after encounter which was negative. Then, another test showed positive after 3 months for Herpes 1 & 2. What is this meant to me?? I cannot have swab test done because I have not experienced any...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
A positive antibody test for herpes simplex virus (HSV) 1 and 2 would indicate that you have been infected with both types of HSV. Almost 90 percent of Americans are infected with HSV-1 (the type that typically causes cold sores/fever blisters... Read more »

Herpes and HIV (Recurrent Herpes Outbreaks)

I contracted herpes approx. 4-5 months ago and I've had recurrent outbreaks ever since. They heal within 1-2 weeks, but I get another one right away. The only time I seem to be somewhat free of the herpes is during my period. I was tested...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Faith,Thank you for your question. It is unlikely that your frequent herpes outbreaks are HIV related. This is because:1) There is no evidence thus far, that you are infected with HIV.2) Recurrent herpes outbreaks associated with HIV do not... Read more »
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My way of dealing with 3 month wait period to test

Posted by Ivan88, 1 Reply
Hi all,
So my story is:
1 month ago had protected sex with sex worker.
I was drunk and had low erection so condom was moving, but still covered my boy's head , then girl gave me handjob and then I changed condom. Anyway I got genital herpis and... Read more »

Is suicide the only way out?

Posted by Worried12, 4 Replies
I know you all hate me and believe I am doing this for attention, but Im not. Literally, new symptoms every day. Yesterday, red pimples on my penis. Today, red bumps under my tongue, and white fuzz on my tongue that Im sure will become thrush. And... Read more »

hiv retest?going crazy,herpes?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
hello
i tested for hiv at 13 weeks,and it was neg.6 weeks befor i was told that i had hsv-2,but i have not had any sore's
but i have had some pain inside my penis,tested for everything else,but all neg. i just wanna know if i was going... Read more »

Herpes?

Posted by sadface, 4 Replies
I have been reading a little on herpes. How soon can you get a blood test to see if you are caring the virus? When does it begin to show up? UG!
Thanks,
SF Read more »