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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Bader
27 years experience Dermatology
HSV : It is well known that persons can shed the hsv virus when there are no signs of infection. Therefore, there is no way of knowing when one is shedd ... 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
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Do not know what you mean when you say you do not test positive for herpes. Antibody testing? Viral culture of the cold sores? Staining of scrapings ... Read More
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
See a dermatologist: The blood tests are good, not perfect. Perhaps you have something else (aphthae?). You may need a more sophisticated diagnosis ; treatment.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Oral herpes: Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) infection is extremely common; up to half of all people in the US have it. Most infections cause few or no symptoms ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
30 years experience Pediatrics
Not very helpful: Cold sores are found on physical exam. Sometimes testing for viral infection s can give a specific cause, but doesn't change the treatments very much ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Oral herpes: Probaby your bf has oral herpes (cold sores). It is always caused by herpes simplex virus, usually type 1 (HSV1). Herpes isn't so easily transmit ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
May be Herpes Simple: You should have it checked, it may be herpes simplex or it could be a bacterial skin infection or an allergic reaction to an insect bite. Meanwhile do ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Yes: There are two distinct viruses of the Herpes family. Herpes Simplex Type 1 and Type 2. When I was in medical school the teaching was that one was abov ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
23 years experience Family Medicine
Herpes: If you had cold sores, then the IGM test is useless. The IGG test is what you need to do to confirm it. HSV 2, genital herpes will only be positive if ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not normal: but common especially in females, inadequately treated uti's or recurrent uti's, a common presenting condition, might need more extensive investigati ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maybe : We know now that 1 in 5 Americans have the HSV 1 and/or 2 virus.The vast majority of them don't even know that they have it.The slide used in lectures ... Read More

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