Maybe your partner (or ex) has just told you he/she has herpes. Or maybe you’ve recently noticed sores on your mouth or genitals. In any case, now might be a good time to get tested for herpes. Many people don’t realize that when they ask to be tested for all STDs, typically the doctor will test you for everything BUT herpes. Why is that? It seems pretty silly to me, especially given the large number of people who apparently carry the disease but do not know it, and the fact that those are the people who are probably most often spreading the disease. My guess is that the test is expensive, and when it comes to health care in the US, the bottom line of a corporation is almost always more important than the well-being of a citizen. Or maybe it’s because for a long time there was no test that determined which type of herpes one had.
Because the majority of people in the US have at least been exposed to herpes type...
How did I get herpes? Did my partner cheat? Or did I have it before the relationship? How long can herpes stay dormant? These are some of the questions that people newly diagnosed with genital herpes ask. Here's what we know about how this infection occurs. The first outbreak usually occurs within 2-10 days of exposure to the virus. This outbreak may be a sore or lesion in or around the vagina or on the cervix in women or on the penis and scrotum of men. Men or women can get lesions within the urinary tract, around or inside the anus, on the buttocks, thighs or other parts of the body. Usually the lesions start as reddened bumps which evolve over hours or days into blisters/open sores which crust over, dry up and heal. Sometimes a second crop of lesions occur. The initial infection may be severe and have more generalized symptoms such as fever, headache and muscle aches. However, these lesions are not the only symptom of an initial outbreak. Symptom...
Understanding Herpes Testing
The most important fact to know in terms of Herpes testing is that
blood testing with an IgG test is the BEST test for diagnosing the disease.
first see the doctor for a suspicious genital ulcer, your health care provider
may ask a lot of really personal and embarrassing questions. Know
that having an accurate sexual history as well as a description of your
symptoms is very important as your health care provider evaluates you. Be honest.
medical history and physical examination alone can not diagnose herpes.
I've seen a
lot of genital herpes, but it's easy to be fooled. I've had patients who had lesions in unusual
places or didn't have a typical story that I mistook for abscesses - only after
they failed antibiotics did I do the culture and verify that it was
On the other hand, I've seen some very typical appearing ulcers on the genitals
that turned out NOT to be herpes.
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