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How can I know for sure if I have genital herpes?

How can I know for sure if I have genital herpes?

Get tested: The best test is a swab of the actual ulcer while it is present.This can be hard to do because you may not be able to get into the doctor during the 5-10 day period where the ulcer is shedding active virus that can be detected. The next best way is to get a blood test looking for hsv2 igg. This will detect an antibody against genital herpes indicating past exposure. ...Read more

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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


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I have genital herpes and have a spot on the outside of my bottom lip, i was going to have sex tonight, he knows that I have g. H. Should i not?

Lets BE REAL NO: Of course not, why give him herpes and why don't u take Valtrex (valacyclovir) to get rid of it , just bcause u have it , it is not right to expose him to it ! w ait a few days until it goes away and hopfully u are not an asymptomatic shedder , u can take 500-1000mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) everyday to prevent outbreaks. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes symptoms, but not sure if I have it! please help?

Get tested: If you have a sore, that's the best way to test. Doctor can do a viral culture which is very specific and accurate. Otherwise blood tests can be done to assess ever-exposure. Good luck and i hope it's negative! ...Read more

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How do I know if I have genital herpes?

How do I know if I have genital herpes?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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How to know if I have genital herpes (female)?

How to know if I have genital herpes (female)?

Female genital...: herpes. Symptoms can be open sores that are irregular and painful. If you have them, do not have intercourse. See your physician to get diagnosed and possibly started on an antiviral ...Read more

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Can I deliver naturally if I have genital herpes?

Can I deliver naturally if I have genital herpes?

Maybe: If you don't have any blisters, or the sensation that comes on before they erupt, you may be able to deliver vaginally if your doctor is comfortable that you're clear. Occasionally, you can take medicine prior to delivery to suppress outbreaks and help prevent passing herpes to your child. ...Read more

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What should I do if I think I have genital herpes?

Get checked!: If you think you have an outbreak of herpes, get checked out by your primary doctor asap. If the initial outbreak is treated with antiviral medications, it makes subsequent outbreaks less frequent and not as bad. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is a good way to check if I have genital herpes?

What is a good way to check if I have genital herpes?

Exam and blood test: A blood test can tell if you have antibodies to HSV 1 and/or HSV 2. If positive, you have HSV in your nerve roots, but both viruses can be either oral or genital. An exam by the doctor when you are having sxs of an ulcer, itching, or burning can verify if the location is genital. A swab can be done for a PCR test of an active lesion, but swabs are not 100% accurate. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have genital herpes confirmed? Tell her?

What should I do if I have genital herpes confirmed? Tell her?

Yes: It is your responsibility to let your partner know that she is at risk of developing herpes. I recommend that partners of carriers be tested for HSV antibodies, since many people are carriers and don't know it. If she is not a carrier, then you can take daily Acyclovir or valacyclovir and minimize the risk of transmission by 80% (tho not 100%). ...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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more