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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.
You've been diagnosed with genital herpes and now you and your long term partner are asking the inevitable questions: Was someone unfaithful? If he or she has herpes, do I? If I don't, how can I keep from getting it? First, stop speculating about your partners actions. In many cases, it's a futile effort. The primary infection - as it's called - can cause typical outbreak symptoms or it can be totally asymptomatic. After initial infection, the virus climbs up a nerve where it can lie dormant for days, weeks, months or even several years. Knowing when, how or from whom you got the virus can be very difficult to figure out. Deal with where you are now. And that means that the unaffected partner needs to be tested as soon as possible to see if they are infected. Know that there are many different tests that your doctor may order to screen for herpes. One test screens for both forms of herpes. Therefore if you are positive, you don't know which one you have. ...
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