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A 43-year-old member asked:

while my std herpes test was negative, i am showing symptoms. what should i do?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
See your doctor: This depends on the exact symptoms, how long it has been since your last possible herpes/STD exposure, and exactly what test(s) were done -- e.g. blood test (and there are several of those), culture, or DNA test (PCR). If you had a type-specific HSV blood test more than 12 weeks after exposure, almost certainly your symptoms aren't due to a new herpes infection. Follow up with your doctor.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Treat it!!!: If this is your initial attack, your blood test will be positive in 3 to 6 weeks. Do not wait. Treat it immediately. The sooner you begin oral valacyclovir or acyclovir the better. Early therapy will bring faster healing and possibly less recurrence after. The longer you delay, the less you will benefit from treatment. Then you must prepare for recurrent attacks and you must learn how this impinge
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
I agree strongly that if initial HSV is clinically suspected, treatment should start immediately and often continued if the diagnosis isn't lab confirmed. But the questioner says nothing about her symptoms, hence my advice to recheck with her HCP. But we certainly agree that if she has clinically apparent initial herpes, she should be on valacyclovi, acyclovir, etc!
Nov 29, 2014

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