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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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Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

No: No, unless you have a history of herpes or lesions that look suspicious. Sometimes a pap smear can see cells that look suspicious for herpes which may then prompt a recommendation to actually do a specific test for herpes during a subsequent office visit. ...Read more

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Who can I go to to test for genital herpes?

A doctor: Family practice or internal medicine (primary care) physicians can diagnose this condition. Urologists can as well. ...Read more

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Are there any test for genital herpes of the mouth?

Viral isolation: None of the serologic tests will convincingly differentiate between herpes types 1 & 2 infections. The only way to definitively do this is to isolate the virus and test it for type. ...Read more

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Why don't doctors test for genital herpes unless there are symptoms?

Men will have: some type of external lesion, or group of lesions that need to undergo direct viral culture which is the gold standard. If nothing is visible then one can only presume that you may have had herpes sometime given the suggestive history. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do doctors test for genital herpes without a visible outbreak? Why or why not?

Yes and no: Partly answered yesterday; see that reply. Doctors may or may not do blood tests without visible outbreaks, depending on symptoms and risks; and every doctor is different. ...Read more

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Is there any way to test for genital herpes with out having an outbreak? Also could genital herpes be confused for something else?

Is there any way to test for genital herpes with out having an outbreak? Also could genital herpes be confused for something else?

A simple blood test: Herpes antibodies can easily be found in the blood - so it's a simple blood draw. This will help with the diagnosis since some people never have an outbreak. (Herpes has adapted to humans over thousands of years, so unlike Ebola which kills you, this virus is more benign) HSV-2 prefers the genital tract, although HSV-1 can be found with orogenital activity. See a doc to confirm a rash as herpes. ...Read more

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Is it routine to test for genital herpes during pregnancy before you deliver?

Depends: If you have a known history of herpes outbreaks or a possible exposure to herpes while pregnant, yes, it's important to test if you start having symptoms around time for delivery. If you've never been exposed or had the disease, then routine testing is often not necessary. ...Read more

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Why don't doctors test for genital herpes or genital warts unless symptoms are shown?

Why don't doctors test for genital herpes or genital warts unless symptoms are shown?

Lot of positives: Genital herpes cultures and wart biopsies (if needed) are often obtained when you have an actual lesion. They guide if you need treatment and confirm diagnosis. Blood tests can identify if you have had exposure to herpes (genital or oral) as high as 80% of americans can test positive by blood tests without symptoms. You dont treat history of exposure. ...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