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A 25-year-old female asked about a 24-year-old female:

If the symptoms of genital herpes and hiv are the same, is there a way to tell the difference? besides testing...

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Misinformation: I'm really sorry that somebody told you this total untruth. Genital herpes is groups of painful blisters. HIV is a systemic disease that in the acute phase is often the worst 'flu you've ever had. Further, if you have any concern that you have contracted HIV, you owe it to yourself and all those who love you in any way to get yourself tested. Herpes labs are less reliable. Do the right thing.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Are there any such consistent symptoms for "mild" genital herpes, how can I tell?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Possibly: Herpes simplex blisters can range anywhere on the pain spectrum from being a little irritating to being extremely sensitive and painful. Sometimes you may not notice any discomfort or the rash may just itch.

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