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will i have to get poked with a needle when i get a hsv culture?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: A needle isn't needed to check for hsv. It is just a swab.

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What does viral culture and isolation involve?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Collection & growth: A specimin is collected from the donor site (nose/throat)using a special swab and placed in a transport media for its trip to the lab. The donor material is transferred to the culture media ( special living material the virus can grow in) and kept under special conditions & monitred for evidance of viral growth. Urine/stool/spinal fluid or other donor material can also be used.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I hate needles. Would an insulin pump be easier for me than injections?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: You still have to insert the pump once every 3 days (for most pump) so you will still have to "inject/poke" yourself once every 3 days but that's better than injecting 3-4x daily. On the pump, you will still have to check blood sugar like before, if not more.
A 27-year-old member asked:

How should I dispose of insulin pump cartridge needles?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Varies by location: Laws for safe needle disposal vary by state, county, or city. Check with your diabetes educator or doctor. You can also google "needle disposal" followed by your state/city. Basically, dispose of these needles the same way you would dispose of syringes.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you contract oral herpes from contaminated food?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Herpes: I do not believe so. The virus would need a open sore, crack or cut to enter the body. Could a herpes virus live on food and then brush over a open sore on someone else say for instance sharing a bite on a utensil? Yes , i believe it could be transferred.
A 43-year-old member asked:

I think I may have oral herpes -- can it be spread to my bf's genitals?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Herpes spread: Absolutely, that is how it is spread. If you have a active lesion and the virus enters through his skin or tissue he will be infected. Be open and honest with him and he will respect and love you for this.

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