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How long does it take to get the results?
Commercial labs often give faster results (usually within 4 weeks) than research centers (a minimum of 4 weeks, often longer).
How will you get your results?
Typically, results are sent to your doctor or genetic counselor, who reports them to you. A critical part of genetic risk assessment is the responsible and sensitive disclosure of test results. Be sure to ask your doctor or genetic counselor when, how, and where you will find out the results.
You may wish to bring someone along when you get your results. If you are told you have a genetic mutation, having someone who cares about you at your side can be very reassuring. Because a great deal of information is discussed, it may also be helpful to have another person to listen and help remember what was said.
Of course, genetic information can affect the whole family. You might be going through this process with your family involved, in which case they may join you when you get the results. O...
I'm always amazed at the amount of
misinformation, or lack of information, that people have about Herpes. Often when I tell a new partner that I have
Herpes his response is a simple "I know nothing about that, so it doesn't
really bother me". I also hear
contrasting information from doctors. For example, just a couple weeks ago, a friend told me she was concerned
that she may have picked up an STD from a casual fling. Her doctor gave her tests for everything but
Herpes, saying that the Herpes test was too expensive to do and that if my friend
did, in fact, have the disease she would surely already know. I was suprised by the doctor's decision
given the statistics about the number of people who have the disease but don't
I told my friend about my
first six months with the disease in which I had a light rash above my
butt. It was so insignificant that I
tried to make an appointment with my dermatologist, thinking it was just an
allergic reaction. When I coul...
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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