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A 16-year-old male asked:

why do people say you shouldn't get tested for herpes what is wrong with the test?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
I do not know: If concerned for std's, there is no problem getting tested. Genital herpes can have many "negative" connotations associated with it and cause a lot of stress and anxiety, so maybe some people say don't get tested?
Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
only a negative screen means something. You can have antibodies to the virus and never have an outbreak
Apr 3, 2014

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What can be mistaken for herpes?

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Has anyone tried quickclear for herpes?

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