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What If My Herpes Culture Came Back Negative

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

...by a laboratory test called a culture. A culture is done when your health care provider uses a swab to get and study material from a suspected herpes sore. You may still have genital herpes, however, even if your culture is negative (which means it does not show HSV). A blood test called type-specific test can tell whether you are infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2. The type-specific test results plus the location of the sores will help your...
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Thank you Dr. Bob. My donation is on its way.

Dr. Bob,I just want to thank you for the service you provide to the many worrieds out there. I had unprotected vaginal intercourse with a girl (who claimed she was HIV negative) about 9 weeks ago and about 3 weeks later I visited one of the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Another Worried Well (Hopefully),Thank you for taking the time to write in and share your story. If you read through the archives, you'll find many similar stories with truly "happy endings" (not the sticky fingers kind). Your results so far... Read more »

fordyce spots v herpes

I am 43, HIV+ and have little yellow raised spots on my penis and lips that don't change in size with time but I am confused as to whether they are herpes or fordyce spots (found this on the internet).I am on Atripla. what's the difference between...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Fordyce spots are glandular in nature and can be seen in HIV+ or negative persons on the penis. They are normal variants and would not be impacted by use of Atripla. Genital herpes lesions are usually Read more »

Herpes Misdiagnosis

I was recently diagnosed with what my family physician thought to be a primary herpes outbreak. However, not only did the test come back negative, but there was none of the characteristic symptoms (blistering, ulcerated sores, etc.) and the bumps...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...accurate, yet do not have the ability to predict the future course of symptoms. Cultures of fluid taken from sores can produce false negative results, which is why clinical examinations are important. Common sexually transmitted infections that... Read more »

non-HSV1, non-HSV2 herpes coinfections, valtrex, and hiv viral load

I am hiv positive and I do NOT have HSV-1 or HSV-2 as confirmed by negative serology tests and lack of symptoms in clinical presentation. I was prescribed a 10-day course of Valtrex for treatment of what my physician thought to be an atypical...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...is somewhat unusual because most people with HIV infection also have antibodies to HSV. When there is evidence of recurrent herpes infection, there is clear benefit associated with suppression of these outbreaks. It is difficult to ignore the... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

... What Is Herpes? HSV and HIV How Is HSV Transmitted? How Is Herpes Treated? Can Herpes Be Prevented? The Bottom Line What Is Read more »
The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...Certain gynecological (GYN) conditions are more common, more serious and/or more difficult to treat in HIV-positive women than HIV-negative women. If left untreated, some GYN infections can develop into more serious conditions such as pelvic... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

...goes away within a few weeks, but in some cases, severe pain can last for months or even years. This condition is called "post herpetic neuralgia." Shingles and HIV Shingles is not one of the infections that leads to a diagnosis of AIDS. ... Read more »
Project Inform

IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...out its risk factors and to find screening tools to help predict and manage the condition. The symptoms are also found in HIV-negative people. However, this publication provides an overview of IRIS within the context of HIV disease. It presents... Read more »
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Gohneria

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...and she has gohneria in the throat do your chances become higher. i had a chlamidiya and gohneria test 4 days after it was negative but like 6 weeks later had burning urination and staind underwear that lasted about 2 weeks im wondering if i got... Read more »

cankers/ herpes/hiv

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...with a sex worker on jan 16 2004, for the firts time and the condom broke. Since then i tested out to 21 weeks which came back negative, using the elisa generation 2 assay. since week 17 though i have been getting lots of burning sores in my... Read more »

Yo Dutch....

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...the end of my toung all the time. I once had a small rash on my pubic area, which when I got a culture for herpes came back negative. I have had a few times where I got sick to my stomach just out of the blue, throwing up. I get tingling all... Read more »

Why is it that. . . . . . .

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...pop up? Is it a mental thing? I went through the same experience and still have many remaining symptoms to date, BUT I tested negative for every STD and STI out there. My Elisa test was neg after a window of 7 months, STI culture tests were clean... Read more »