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How do you tell the difference between bed bugs and genital herpes?

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Dr. Stephen Chinn
Urology 38 years experience
Not comparable: Genital herpes would show up on genitalia as a vesicle or ulcer, whereas bedbug bites typically have a "breakfast/lunch/dinner" presentation of 3 red/itchy bumps without an obvious central bite mark.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you tell the difference between genital herpes and oral?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Not easy: I am sssuming you are able to distinguish between the two anatomic areas. The only way in which you can definitively distinguish between herpes types 1 & 2 is by isolating the virus from lesions or secretions and testing it to see which it is. Using antibody testing can be very inaccurate because of the overlap due to nonspecific antibodies.

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