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A 23-year-old female asked:

i have genital herpes symptoms, but not sure if i have it! please help?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Get tested: If you have a sore, that's the best way to test. Doctor can do a viral culture which is very specific and accurate. Otherwise blood tests can be done to assess ever-exposure. Good luck and i hope it's negative!
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 39 years experience
Blood test: Your doctor can order a blood test to see if you had exposure.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I know for sure if I have genital herpes?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Get tested: The best test is a swab of the actual ulcer while it is present.This can be hard to do because you may not be able to get into the doctor during the 5-10 day period where the ulcer is shedding active virus that can be detected. The next best way is to get a blood test looking for hsv2 igg. This will detect an antibody against genital herpes indicating past exposure.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What should you do if you have genital herpes?

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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Stay healthy: Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of sleep and eating right. Consider taking lysine and antiviral medication.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What foods should be avoided if you have genital herpes?

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Dr. Steven Fine
Infectious Disease 31 years experience
None: Avoiding certain foods will not make any difference.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
There are no foods that will either harm or help genital herpes
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A 37-year-old member asked:

I have genital herpes. What are the chances of me passing it to bf during oral?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Unclear: Are you concerned with passing it to your boyfriend when performing oral sex on him, or him getting oral herpes by performing oral sex on you? If it is the latter, the chances are good, assuming he does not already carry the virus. Many individuals have acquired the virus previously but do not display active lesions.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What should I do if I have genital herpes confirmed? Tell her?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
Yes: It is your responsibility to let your partner know that she is at risk of developing herpes. I recommend that partners of carriers be tested for HSV antibodies, since many people are carriers and don't know it. If she is not a carrier, then you can take daily Acyclovir or valacyclovir and minimize the risk of transmission by 80% (tho not 100%).

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