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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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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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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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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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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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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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How expensive is STD testing?

How expensive is STD testing?

Cheaper than infecti: Cheaper than dealing with the outcomes from the infection. For instance - a pap smear looking for the outcomes of hpv - cancer or its precursors - may cost a couple hundred bucks. Dealing with cancer costs 10's or 100's of thousands! most insurances will cover the cost and if not, health depts and clinics offer low cost testing and care. ...Read more

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How accurate is urine std testing using NAAT?

How accurate is urine std testing using NAAT?

Here are some ...: In the US, whatever approved by its FDA & marketed is considered to be reasonably safe, effective, & accurate although some frauds may still exist. But in comparison, that is best we can come by due to its highest transparency; of course, nothing is perfect and behind what we know always still hides a lot what we don't know. So, NAAT testing is good enough for daily use. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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I had STD testing, but the result was indeterminate specimen. What do you mean by that?

I had STD testing, but the result was indeterminate specimen. What do you mean by that?

Spec wasn't good: The specimen submitted could not be tested adequately to derive dependable results. When a test comes back from the lab like this, it needs to be repeated. ...Read more

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How would I be able to find a place that has free and confidential STD testing for teens?

How would I be able to find a place that has free and confidential STD testing for teens?

Dept of Health: A few places to check: local department of health, call your local hospital, or look up public health clinics. Also ask any local md office for advice on where to go. ...Read more

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I had unsafe sex 2 years ago. Had STD testing done 2 years later everything negative. How do I move past the STD worrying? Everything was negative!

STD: If you were negative then, chances are that you are free and clear. If you want to move on, you could repeat all now and confirm that you are still negative. ...Read more

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Does STD testing hurt?

Does STD testing hurt?

In most cases, no: In general for most screening, urine testing and bloodtests are all that is required. In certain circumstances further testing may be required. ...Read more

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How much can STD testing cost?

How much can STD testing cost?

Depends: There are lots of things that could be tested for including aids, syphyllis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitits, hpv, etc. Might need samples from mouth, vagina and anus. You can't test yourself very easily, you need swabs of body parts and blood tests to do it all. Cash paying customers frequently can get a discount. Uninsured patients might be able to get free testing from the health department. ...Read more

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Do insurance companies cover STD testing?

Do insurance companies cover STD testing?

Yes.: They absolutely do. I haven't heard of one not covering std testing. If you have a high deductible, there may be an out of pocket cost for you however. ...Read more

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What types of things could return false positives in STD testing?

Lupus, old age...: False-positive syphilis screens are common in older folks and especially in lupus; that's why we follow up. The herpes antibody blood tests are notoriously unreliable. Interpreting microbiology smears requires expertise; i once had to defend a bogus "child abuse" case in which a pediatrician mistook chickenpox for gonorrhea based on his ignorance interpreting a lab test. ...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


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