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Doctor insights on: Can You Spread Genital Herpes Through Menstrual Blood

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Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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Can you spread genital herpes through menstrual blood and used tampons or used pads?

Can you spread genital herpes through menstrual blood and used tampons or used pads?

Can spread w. sex: Herpes can be spread if you have sex during menstruation as it can at any time having unprotected sex with a partner who has genital herpes. Not sure what you maen by spread from tampons or used pads. Hopefully this are disposed of in a hygienic wayand not reused by someone else. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes through a blood test. Is it possible that I contracted it orally and only had one breakout in 3 years?

I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes through a blood test. Is it possible that I contracted it orally and only had one breakout in 3 years?

Possible: Please discuss this issue with your doctor at your next visit. God forbid the breakouts become an issue, there is treatment to address that. ...Read more

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How could I get tested for genital herpes and herpes isn't there a blood test and if so is it always correct?

How could I get tested for genital herpes and herpes isn't there a blood test and if so is it always correct?

Test: Yes. Herpes is best diagnosed with a blood test. There are two versions, one for an acute exposure and one to see if a previous infection has occurred. ...Read more

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Can you contract genital herpes from blood exchange?

No: Genital herpes simplex virus is not transmitted through the blood but is transmitted in genital fluids and by contact with blisters. Here is the excerpt from red cross for blood donation (& blood transf)if you have std: chlamydia, venereal warts (human papilloma virus), or genital herpes are not a cause for deferral if you are feeling healthy and well and meet all other eligibility requirements. ...Read more

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How reliable are genital herpes blood tests vs cultures?

How reliable are genital herpes blood tests vs cultures?

Active vs past: Blood tests can detect exposure to the herpes virus but do not tell if there is active infection. Molecular testing of the affected cells/tissue is more practical than culture for ascertaining active infection. ...Read more

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Can a blood test be determined if a man has genital herpes?

Can a blood test be determined if a man has genital herpes?

Yes and no....: A blood test can tell whether someone is infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) and/or HSV2. It doesn't tell if genital or oral; that requires symptoms and/or testing of an outbreak for the virus. Most HSV1 is oral, some genital; almost all HSV2 is genital. The tests aren't perfect, but if you have symptoms that suggest GH or an infected partner, testing can be helpful. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes. Lots of blood and pain. How can I stop the bleeding?

See below: Herpes and bleeding have no direct association. There are several causes for bleeding, but you need an evaluation to determine what is the best treatment plan. ...Read more

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How long after exposure would I test positive for genital herpes in a blood test?

How long after exposure would I test positive for genital herpes in a blood test?

Usually 2 to 3 weeks: Sometimes 3 months. Be sure to differentiate type 1 from type 2. Most people have no symptoms and will not know they have it until the blood test shows it. If there are symptoms, the blood test will be negative at first. Most people become positive to type 1 as children. If there is primary (1st time) infection, the diagnosis is made by exam and culture. ...Read more

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Is 7 weeks after exposure enough time to get an accurate genital herpes blood test done?

Is 7 weeks after exposure enough time to get an accurate genital herpes blood test done?

Usually: 4-6 weeks post exposure is usually the amount of time considered necessary for a igg blood test to be appropriate. ...Read more

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Will genital herpes show up on a blood test required to get married?

Usually not tested: Different states have different requirements for pre-marital tests. While a blood test can detect history or infection with herpes, I do not know that any state requires it. If you have genital herpes, you owe it to your potential spouse/partner to disclose it. ...Read more

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If I tested positive for genital herpes blood test when I am asymptomatic is it conclusive?

If I tested positive for genital herpes blood test when I am asymptomatic is it conclusive?

Yes: The blood test lets us know that you have the virus lying dormant in your body some where. When your immune system is otherwise compromised due to stress, malnutrition, lack of sleep or other infection the virus will come out of hiding and give the classic symptoms of very small, painful/itchy vesicles ...Read more

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What is the probability of transmitting genital herpes from asymptomatic shedding and is it possible to get it from blood or semen?

What is the probability of transmitting genital herpes from asymptomatic shedding and is it possible to get it from blood or semen?

If someone has asymp: Shedding then it can be transmitted that is one of teh main ways people get it from someone else cause one person is shedding the virus and does not realize it, Valtrex (valacyclovir) everyday will prevent that. ...Read more

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Dose genital herpes cause blood after pee?

More info: It would be important to know whether there is blood coming from the urinary bladder itself or from inflammation outside the bladder outlet from inflammation of the vagina or vulva. Herpes shouldn't cause an infection or bleeding in the bladder or kidney. If there are not eruptions at the time of the bloody urine, then studies of the urine itself are needed and a urologist should be consulted. ...Read more

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Do blood tests know the difference between oral herpes and genital herpes?

Yes: You can get serotype-specific testing, but both hsv I and hsv 2 can lead to oral or genital herpes infection, and suppressive drugs for frequent outbreaks have significant overlap. So, although the answer is yes, it may be irrelevant. ...Read more

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Should I do the blood test for genital herpes, when I never had symptoms?

Should I do the blood test for genital herpes, when I never had symptoms?

Of course not: What would you do with the information on this not-very-reliable test, anyway? Use barrier protection until you're with that one person special person you'll be spending the rest of your life with. You'll do this regardless of results. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test which tests for genital herpes? I'm pregnant and need to know.

Is there a blood test which tests for genital herpes? I'm pregnant and need to know.

May be: A blood test will reveal if you have been exposed to the virus but will not tell if you have active genital infection. Examination by a gynecologist and examination of the cells/tissues may be needed for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can a person with genital herpes donate blood or plasma? No outbreaks and currently on Valtrex (valacyclovir)

Can a person with genital herpes donate blood or plasma? No outbreaks and currently on Valtrex (valacyclovir)

Yes and no: When it comes to herpes patient donations, the american red cross and fda suggest that blood donations be deferred for one month after an active outbreak of the virus. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with genital herpes 10years ago. I stopped taking valtrex (valacyclovir) for 4months and blood test came back negative. Could I not have herpes?

I was diagnosed with genital herpes 10years ago. I stopped taking valtrex (valacyclovir) for 4months and blood test came back negative. Could I not have herpes?

Unlike love/marriage: Unlike love and marriage, herpes lasts forever. The virus is still present but dormant at the dorsal root ganglion waiting for some future stress or other stimulus to come back "with a vengeance". The Valtrex (valacyclovir) Rx tends to suppress future outbreaks. ...Read more

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I got blood drawn from my arm just for some lab work, would it detect genital herpes if I had them?

I got blood drawn from my arm just for some lab work, would it detect genital herpes if I had them?

Genital herpes...: Is typically diagnosed with a swab from the affected area. It is not typically diagnosed with blood tests. ...Read more

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Been married 4 years. No cheating. If I test positive for genital herpes in blood test, is it worth it to take medication if we are asymptomatic?

No, don't: Antibodies to genital herpes do not mean that you have an active infection. Frequently, old serological tests cannot distinguish between hsv1 and 2. Its a possibility that you have an infection that is silent and can transmit virus. So, be cautious and use protection during intercourse. ...Read more

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I'm married no cheat. If I test positive for genital herpes (blood) and we're both asymptomatic, should we just move on with our sex life with no worries?

I'm married no cheat. If I test positive for genital herpes (blood) and we're both asymptomatic, should we just move on with our sex life with no worries?

Herpes: That all depends on the gender of your partner, and their HSV 2 status. If they are also already infected there is nothing more to do. If they are female and not infected then you going on suppression medication to lower the risk of viral shedding and transmission of this infection to your partner then that must be decided between you both. ...Read more

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There is 1 reddish blood like bump on my vagina. I squeeze & pull it off. It bleed a little & disappear. Is that genital herpes? My hubby lick 2 day ago

There is 1 reddish blood like bump on my vagina. I squeeze & pull it off. It bleed a little & disappear. Is that genital herpes? My hubby lick 2 day ago

Need an exam: Genital bumps and lesions are really difficult to diagnose without seeing them. Although most are benign, it's worth seeing a gynecologist to be sure that it's not herpes or some other condition. It's best to see the doctor when the lesion is most obvious, and don't pick it! ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell when I was infected with genital herpes. I received positive test results today from a herpes swab culture. I had a blood test back in june that came back negative. I have been with the same sexual partner since november of 2009. On

Is there a way to tell when I was infected with genital herpes. I received positive test results today from a herpes swab culture. I had a blood test back in june that came back negative. I have been with the same sexual partner since november of 2009. On

Herpes: Herpes is caused by a virus that can lie dormant in the body for years. Because of this, you can catch it from someone who has never even had any symptoms. Since you had a negative test in june and a positive test now, it's safe to say you probably contracted herpes sometime between then and now, but when and from who cannot be determined. Either partner could have transmitted it to you and your outbreak would not have necessarily coincided with when you contracted it. I attached a center for disease control website with information about herpes below. ...Read more

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Is there a test for genital herpes? Or only visual? I did blood test and got igg+ and igm-for herpes 1and all negative for 2

Herpes one and two: You tested negative for genital herpes (herpes Type Two). Thus I do not understand your question. Yes there is a test. You have had the test. And, the test is negative. ...Read more

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What's the difference between exposure and an active infection to genital herpes? Does a positive blood test with no symptoms mean you still transmit?

See below: Not every one that is exposed gets the disease in fact the transmission rate is less than 50% if you do have it however you can transmit the disease. ...Read more

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Prescribed Valtrex (valacyclovir) bc I tested positive for HSV2 antibodies blood test, but no outbreak - ok to to take even if I may not really have genital herpes?

It depends: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is to prevent outbreaks to protect you from them and your sex partner. You may still be infectious even when there are no symptoms of an outbreak yet. If you have been monogamous, the same sex partner, it may not be necessary to take it. Have them tested and discuss with your doctor. If you are abstinent, no, you don't need to take it, realizing you could have an outbreak. ...Read more

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When you have blood drawn can they determine if you have any type of sexual diseases like genital herpes, hiv, STD etc?

When you have blood drawn can they determine if you have any type of sexual diseases like genital herpes, hiv, STD etc?

Yes, if asked for.: Blood tests can determine several sexual diseases after a period of time after exposure, like syphilis, hiv, herpes, and hepatitis b. It is not the only way for many of them. Syphilis can be found out by swabbing affected areas, as can herpes which can even be diagnosed visually. But gonorrhea and chlamydia are diagnosed by culture and urinalysis. Hpv is determined by pap smear and biopsy. ...Read more

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Experiencing my first genital herpes (mainly anal) outbreak. Tried to poop but blood (fresh, but probably 1-2 Tbs worth) came out. Should I go to ER?

Experiencing my first genital herpes (mainly anal) outbreak. Tried to poop but blood (fresh, but probably 1-2 Tbs worth) came out. Should I go to ER?

No need: Sorry you're going through this. I trust you are on treatment with an anti-herpes drug like valacyclovir. I wouldn't worry about this much bleeding, especially if your main symptoms (pain, etc) are improving. But contact the doctor treating you if any doubt, if bleeding continues more than a few days, or larger in amount. Good luck! ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more