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A 20-year-old male asked:

i got std tested it was about a month from the last sexual encounter. tested negative .91 for herpes 1 and 2 but i am still worried?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Why?: A month is usually plenty of time for any of the std tests to turn positive - so if they were negative, why are you worried? You can have them re-run in another month just to be certain, but a negative test is a negative test.
Dr. Roy Seidenberg
Dermatology 30 years experience
Worried about what?: What are you worried about? There are multiple stds, not just herpes. There are blood/urine tests for syphilis, hiv, hepatitis abc, gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas. You might want to be retested for thoroughness and piece of mind. Note, there is no blood test for genital warts (hpv) or molluscum. Keep wearing your condoms (even though they're not perfect). Ask doc about hpv vaccine.

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