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Why isn't herpes blood testing recommended, if there are no symptoms of an outbreak?

Why isn't herpes blood testing recommended, if there are no symptoms of an outbreak?

Why do it?: Often it's good to remember the very basics. If you won't use the test results to make a decision about what you'll do, don't do the test. Nobody even knows how many false-positive and false-negatives herpes I & II serology present. No symptoms? Love safely & use barrier protection until you're in a long-term monogamous relationship. Just like anyone else. ...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


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What are the chances of testing false negative in an IgG test for HSV 1 & 2 after few days of having a herpes-like outbreak down there? I tested (-)

What are the chances of testing false negative in an IgG test for HSV 1 & 2 after few days of having a herpes-like outbreak down there? I tested (-)

Herpes Testing: It takes several weeks if not months to develop a good igg antibody response. There is zero likelihood to pick up an acute new infection by blood this soon. There is viral culturing of new herpes lesions but this is very difficult to get an accurate sample from the skin. ...Read more

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I got tested for HIV which came back nonreactive. Does that mean I dint have herpes either? I haven't had an outbreak, it's been atleast 7 months

I got tested for HIV which came back nonreactive. Does that mean I dint have herpes either? I haven't had an outbreak, it's been atleast 7 months

Herpes and HIV: I may be missing something in your question but an HIV test will not ever also test for herpes and vice versa. They are different tests. If you know you have herpes why are you wanting to test again? ...Read more

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So can I get tested for herpes simplex even if haven't had an outbreak?

So can I get tested for herpes simplex even if haven't had an outbreak?

Herpes simplex: Yes you can be tested for the presence of antibodies to this virus, although the assessment of whether it is types 1 or 2 cannot be reliably determined by antibody testing. If you have antibodies it means that the virus is in your body in a latent form. It may or may not ever produce active lesions. There is no way in which to predict this. ...Read more

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Could you get tested for herpes simplex even if you have'nt had an outbreak in a long time?

Could you get tested for herpes simplex even if you have'nt had an outbreak in a long time?

Antibodies: If you have had outbreaks in the past, then you know you have antibodies. I do not see any reason to have it tested now. ...Read more

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I am being tested for genital herpes today, just started valtrex today. My story is complicated though. Started 5 days ago. 1St diagnosed w UTI, then yeast, then told bactrim did not work for uti. Today had another exam & told possible 1st herpes outbreak, a

I am being tested for genital herpes today, just started valtrex today. My story is complicated though. Started 5 days ago. 1St diagnosed w UTI, then yeast, then told bactrim did not work for uti. Today had another exam & told possible 1st herpes outbreak, a

Sounds like herpes: Typical story for initial genital herpes. I hope your genital sore (s) were tested for HSV by PCR or culture (PCR is best). If positive, make sure the virus is typed, i.e. HSV1 or HSV2, which is very important in predicting future course, need for ongoing Rx, and preventing transmission to partners. If herpes, symptoms should start improving soon on valacyclovir (Valtrex). Get partner (s) checked. ...Read more

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Does herpes present in a linear outbreak?

Does herpes present in a linear outbreak?

Shingles?: It can, but this always raises the possibility of shingles (herpes zoster), which causes a painful linear band of blisters on one side of the body. Shingles requires higher doses of anti-herpes drugs than simple herpes. If you think you have shingles, you should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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How soon does a first outbreak of herpes take?

How soon does a first outbreak of herpes take?

Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex may cause no symptoms in some people. In others, a few weeks after being exposed to Herpes a person may develop fever, muscle aches & pains, headache & swelling of lymph nodes. The lesions may be preceded several days by itching &/or pain. They start as red bumps which then develop into blisters. When the blisters break open they ooze fluid or bleed. ...Read more

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Can I spread herpes haven't had a outbreak in 16years?

Can I spread herpes haven't had a outbreak in 16years?

Yes: Even women without active lesions may be shedding virus in their vaginal secretions. You will have this for your lifetime. Discuss this with any unprotected partners and they can assess the risks. ...Read more

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What can I do to never have another outbreak of herpes?

What can I do to never have another outbreak of herpes?

Can't be promised...: Although there are good medications to suppress the virus and reduce outbreaks, none can guarantee that you will never have another outbreak. Unfortunately, the current medicatios can only be treated, not cured. As a result, there is always a chance of an outbreak even during suppressive treatment. Consult doc if you have trouble. Good luck. ...Read more

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First outbreak herpes 6 weeks after contact. Is it normal?

First outbreak herpes 6 weeks after contact. Is it normal?

Herpes: Primary infection may result in systemic as well as local manifestations. Following an incubation period of 3 to 7 days, the patient may experience a virus-like syndrome with malaise and fever, then paresthesia of the vulva that are followed by vesicle formation. These are often multiple, resulting in shallow, painful ulcers that may coalesce. Vesicles and ulcers can occur in a 2- to 6-week period. ...Read more

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Can herpes be spread even if you're not having an outbreak?

Can herpes be spread even if you're not having an outbreak?

Possible: Not every person with herpes has outbreaks or knows when an outbreak is about to occur during which herpes virus may be shed and spread to a partner. ...Read more

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Can someone spread herpes even if they're not having an outbreak?

Can someone spread herpes even if they're not having an outbreak?

Possible: Not every person with herpes has outbreaks or knows when an outbreak is about to occur during which herpes virus may be shed and spread to a partner. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could give someone herpes without an outbreak?

Yes: Via viral shedding. You don't need to have active lesions for this to occur. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have herpes without ever experiencing an outbreak?

Is it possible to have herpes without ever experiencing an outbreak?

Yes: It is possible to have the virus and never experience and outbreak. The only way to know for sure is to have a blood test. I would recommend herpes select with reflex to type ii. It is estimated that 1 out of 3 people carry this virus. Many don't know and it can be passed without demonstrating lesions. ...Read more

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Can herpes only be transmitted if your partner is having an outbreak?

Can herpes only be transmitted if your partner is having an outbreak?

Not only then: In some situations, the herpes simplex virus can be transmitted without any apparent symptoms or lesions. To be safest, consider using condoms and possibly suppressive drug therapy. ...Read more

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When I have a outbreak of herpes over time they still present the same?

When I have a outbreak of herpes over time they still present the same?

Not necessarily: Whether we are considering herpes labialis (oral) or herpes genetalis (vagina or penis), the episodes might vary somewhat in symptoms or exact location. For example, an outbreak might or might not be visible, and might or might not be accompanied by symptoms, such as tingling or burning. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract herpes and have an outbreak within 24 hours?

Is it possible to contract herpes and have an outbreak within 24 hours?

Herpes: Well it seems to be unlikely, you have not told me enough about your condition to even guess that its etiology. So sorry. Call your dermatologist. ...Read more

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How common is herpes type 1? Can it be spread without having an outbreak?

Herpes Simplex: 75% of Americans have Herpes Type One. It is spread through viral shedding at the point of infection. Having an outbreak does not correlate in any way with viral shedding. You can be contagious with or without an outbreak and on the other side you can also not be contagious at all during an outbreak. No correlation there. ...Read more

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Is it true that it is only possible to diagnose herpes during an outbreak?

Is it true that it is only possible to diagnose herpes during an outbreak?

Bloodtest: A blood test would show if you have been exposed to the herpes virus types 1 and/or 2 in the past. Once you have been exposed, the virus sits in your tissues and you can transmit the virus via kissing or vaginal intercourse. HSV 1 causes cold sores, HSV 2 genital herpes, although we see more and more women infected with HSV 1 that have genital herpes outbreaks. ...Read more

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Why after 8 mths of being with my partner would I get an outbreak of herpes?

Why after 8 mths of being with my partner would I get an outbreak of herpes?

Can be dormant: A person can be contagious even if they are not having an outbreak of herpes since it can be dormant in their skin. The only other question is has there been any infidelity? ...Read more

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If you have herpes how can you tell the difference if you have 2nd outbreak?

If you have herpes how can you tell the difference if you have 2nd outbreak?

Not easily: Generally primary herpetic outbreaks are more severe than recurrent episodes, but assessing the differences is not always simple. ...Read more