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can you test positive for herpes 2 but not herpes 1

A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
That good news: Just because your sexual partner has it does not mean that you will catch it. If he has infrequent herpes outbreaks then you may not acquire it. If he ... Read More
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Dr. Cynthia Frazier
39 years experience Gynecology
Many couples : Can go for years without transferring the virus to their partners if they are careful. You should discuss this with your OB at your next visit. If you ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
18 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: There are various herpes tests, including tests that specifically identify for hsv-1 and hsv-2.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Depends on the test: A test for antibodies to the virus will be negative if the person acquired the infection very recently.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Oldson
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Type specific = good: Type specific herpes tests are great at distinguishing between type 1 & 2. Rarely if someone is highly positive for type 1 w/ a very low positive for ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
19 years experience Family Medicine
The : The bottom line here is that if she has genital herpes, regardless of who she got it from or when she contracted it, you are at risk if you had unprot ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Herpes: 75% of americans have herpes type one. This common infection that causes oral sores in those who have visible disease. The bad news is that one is co ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Need more informatio: You are having cold sores which are nothing but hsv infection. Mostly it is a clinical diagnosis as the available test do not have 100 percent accurac ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
31 years experience Pediatrics
Not true: Varicella ( chicken pox ) is in the herpesvirus family, but it is not herpes simplex virus type one. Two different viruses. You have to test for varic ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
19 years experience Family Medicine
Unfortunately : Unfortunately there is no cure for herpes and none on the horizon as far as I am aware. If you have not had an outbreak then it is possible you may ne ... Read More
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