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How to know if you have herpes

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Rash/scrapings/blood: You have clinical presentation on genitalia in case of genital herpes and rash in and around mouth like cold sores doctor can take scrapings from the... Read More

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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics and Gynecology 10 years experience
Fluid exchange: Herpes is most commonly transmitted via fluid exchange through kissing, oral-genital sex, sexual intercourse. Usually, upon exposure, there is a laten... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
More info needed: Presumably you have been diagnosed with genital herpes due to HSV type 1, right? HSV1 mostly causes oral herpes but can cause genital. Most genital HS... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Rosenfeld
Dermatology 43 years experience
HSV is contagious: Even between episodes of visible cold sores (HSV) on lips, people can be asymptomatic shedders of the virus from saliva, and mucosal lesions. Valtrex ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Touchy situation: A lesion on your lip means you are actively shedding virus and are contagious, so oral sex is out. Genital herpes present with no outbreak there does... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
No test needed: If you have no problem, don't bother with a test. If you have been exposed to a sexual partner with genital herpes, an antibody test may be helpful i... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Get checked: When you have symptoms see your doctor. Do know that you can spread the disease even if you do not have symptoms.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Experience: Experience, getting a good medical history, examining the patient, and doint proper testing.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Physical exam: Hi. Herpetic whitlow is usually diagnosed by history and physical exam (painful characteristic lesions on finger). Scrapings of the lesions can be sta... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
very ill: If you had herpes in your brain you would be extremely ill probably unconscious and in the hospital.

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