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Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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While my STD herpes test was negative, I am showing symptoms. What should I do?

While my STD herpes test was negative, I am showing symptoms. What should I do?

See your doctor: This depends on the exact symptoms, how long it has been since your last possible herpes/STD exposure, and exactly what test(s) were done -- e.g. blood test (and there are several of those), culture, or DNA test (PCR). If you had a type-specific HSV blood test more than 12 weeks after exposure, almost certainly your symptoms aren't due to a new herpes infection. Follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long after being exposed to herpes can I get an accurate STD test?

How long after being exposed to herpes can I get an accurate STD test?

Herpes: The best way to test for herpes anymore is blood testing. One must always know there previous results before testing for a new infection. The IgM antibody test can pick up a new infection by three to six weeks after exposure. ...Read more

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I recently had a STD test done at my dr. Would that include herpes test or is that separate?

I recently had a STD test done at my dr. Would that include herpes test or is that separate?

Possibly: This depends upon the panel of tests run by a particular physician. Generally std testing includes gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and hiv, but some may have an expanded spectrum of diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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I heard that herpes or any STDs take a few months or even a year for symptoms to show up. Would a STD test result still be accurate then?

I heard that herpes or any STDs take a few months or even a year for symptoms to show up. Would a STD test result still be accurate then?

Mixed bag: Gc-make u run to doctor. As a female you can have concealed shyphilis, hpv, herpes, chlamydia, trichomonas. Hiv, hepatitis b , c ....Are late bloomers, like 6 wks to 6 m. Few other characters are there also. Pick a healthy partner.....To be safe, maintain monogamous activity. ...Read more

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If I am tested for herpes, and the culture is positive and the blood test is negative..And my STD test is reactive for syphilis what should I believe?

If I am tested for herpes, and the culture is positive and the blood test is negative..And my STD test is reactive for syphilis what should I believe?

See your DR.: First infection with herpes or syphilis does not show pos blood test until about 2 weeks. Culture pos for herpes with neg blood test means you should be on full dose of valacyclovir or Acyclovir for at least a week. Repeat blood test for syphilis in about 1 month. ...Read more

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I've had cold sores in the past, does that mean I have oral herpes? I've had STD testing before and it's neg is there a different test for herpes?

I've had cold sores in the past, does that mean I have oral herpes? I've had STD testing before and it's neg is there a different test for herpes?

Herpes, cold sores: Cold sores and oral herpes are the same thing, just different names. Standard STD testing usually doesn't include tests for herpes, but you might have been tested. Oral herpes is almost always caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), but genital herpes usually is type 2 (HSV2). You'll need to ask your doctor to clarify exactly what tests you had. ...Read more

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My husband gave me genital herpes through a canker sore--but his STD test came back negative for hsv1? Why is that? I have only had one sexual partner: my husband. I contracted genital herpes because he had a canker sore in his mouth and performed oral se

My husband gave me genital herpes through a canker sore--but his STD test came back negative for hsv1? Why is that? I have only had one sexual partner: my husband. I contracted genital herpes because he had a canker sore in his mouth and performed oral se

Test failure: The tests for viral presence and accurate identification (hsv-1 and hsv-2) are not 100% accurate. They tend to look for antibodies for the particular virus, which may not have yet been detectable when the test was performed. A re-test with one of the newer screening tests is advisable. ...Read more

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Why isn't herpes testing part of routine std testing panel?

Why isn't herpes testing part of routine std testing panel?

False Positive test: HsV 1 (cold sores on the mouth) blood tests cross react with HSV 2 ( genital herpes) blood tests. Leading to false positive tests and mental anguish . Herpes cultures can only be done when you have a active genital herpes outbreak. Not screening. ...Read more

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What does STD test involve?

What does STD test involve?

There are a: Variety of tests depending on which std's are being evaluated for. ...Read more

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How can you do some STD test at home?

How can you do some STD test at home?

You dont : All you need to do is schedule a visit with a doctor or with a local health department in your area. Tell them you concerns and they can run the necessary std tests. Good for you for taking responsibility and getting tested. ...Read more

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How long do STD test take to come back?

How long do STD test take to come back?

Depends: On the test. Most tests are back within hours to days. ...Read more

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What is the accuracy of a blood STD test?

What is the accuracy of a blood STD test?

No Blood Test: The way to diagnose gonorrhea is detailed by the cdc at: http://www.Cdc.Gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.Htm. ...Read more

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I just wanna run an STD test what do I need to do?

I just wanna run an STD test what do I need to do?

Blood + cervix tests: The list of STIs or STDs includes some like gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, trichomonas, the human papilloma virus ...which can be detected by sampling your cervix and others like syphilis, hepatitis B and C , the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which require a blood test. ...Read more

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How could planned parenthood give STD test results?

How could planned parenthood give STD test results?

Unclear question: If you visit planned parenthood and request a test for stds, they may accommodate you if you agree to be tested, usually by testing urine, blood and pap smear. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how planned parenthood give STD test results?

Call and ask them!: Most clinics -- whether Planned Parenthood or public health STD clinics -- expect patients to telephone for their test results. Some may send results by text or email if requested. The clinic may try to contact you if a test is positive, but not for negative results. It varies widely -- one PP clinic may do it different than the next. If you have been tested and aren't sure, call them! ...Read more

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How much time after exposure will chlamdyia show up on STD test?

How much time after exposure will chlamdyia show up on STD test?

7-10 days: For better result, test it some 7-10 days after exposure or at the time having urethral discharge. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

Sexually transmitted infections can be viral, bacterial or caused by protozoa. They are ...Read more