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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Herpes (Definition)

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