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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


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Dose IVF test you for herpes i think I have it i haven't been tested yet but i'm very sure I have herpes?

Dose IVF test you for herpes i think I have it i haven't been tested yet but i'm very sure I have herpes?

No: Ivf doctors don't routinely screen for herpes. Some doctors have the capability of testing you but you're likely best off testing with your gynecologist. It's critical for you, your partner, and your possible future baby that you get properly diagnosed if you think you may have herpes. ...Read more

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Worried about herpes. Can I ask my Dr for a herpes test? What kind?

Worried about herpes. Can I ask my Dr for a herpes test? What kind?

More info needed: "Worried" about herpes usually isn't a good enough reason for a blood test. And the blood tests for HSV aren't perfect. If you have been exposed to someone with known herpes (oral or genital) or have symptoms, testing might be a good idea. Discuss your concerns with your doctor and take it from there. Good luck. ...Read more

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24 yes old..been with fiance for 5 years..he's not my first should i get a herpes test if him nor I have symptoms?

24 yes old..been with fiance for 5 years..he's not my first should i get a herpes test if him nor I have symptoms?

Herpes testing: The likelihood is very low. When you get pregnant they test for herpes because having herpes during delivery is a risk to the infant. How will it change things for you knowing you have the virus ( once infected it stay for life), you/him could have gotten it years ago as it is intermittant? If your positive and he is not it just may open concerns that will have a negative impact and visa versa. ...Read more

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How long after first aquiring herpes does it take for the test to appear positive?

How long after first aquiring herpes does it take for the test to appear positive?

7-30 days or longer: Herpes infection can present in many ways. Typically ulcer will show in 7-30 days. Primary herpes is a systemic illness with fever / fatigue & usually multiple sores. Recurrent herpes in usually a small cluster of sores w/o other symptoms. Most people never get full blown primary herpes & may simply experience occasional genital discomfort or itching, & sometimes no symptoms. ...Read more

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Why do people say you shouldn't get tested for herpes what is wrong with the test?

Why do people say you shouldn't get tested for herpes what is wrong with the test?

I do not know: If concerned for std's, there is no problem getting tested. Genital herpes can have many "negative" connotations associated with it and cause a lot of stress and anxiety, so maybe some people say don't get tested? ...Read more

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Would a herpes 2 test be difinitive by 4.5 months?

Would a herpes 2 test be difinitive by 4.5 months?

Herpes : Yes. Of course. Most testing for herpes includes the early antibody igm and the mature antibody, igg. 4.5 months is definitely time enough to get these results. ...Read more

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Does herpes test detect type one and two separately?

Does herpes test detect type one and two separately?

Depends: There are various herpes tests, including tests that specifically identify for hsv-1 and hsv-2. ...Read more

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Should i be worried if i test positive for herpes type 1?

Should i be worried if i test positive for herpes type 1?

Herpes: 75% of americans have herpes type one. This common infection that causes oral sores in those who have visible disease. The bad news is that one is contagious at variable times whether one has sores or not. Infection is transmitted from skin or saliva to skin. ...Read more

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When u get tested for stud and came out negative does that mean you don't have herpes as well or is it a separate test ?

When u get tested for stud and came out negative does that mean you don't have herpes as well or is it a separate test  ?

Depends: You need to ask what was tested. Sometimes your doctor only tests for some of the STDs. Herpes frequently isn't tested unless you are having symptoms. Each STD has a different test. Some are tested by drawing blood and some by getting cultures of the cervix. Best wishes! ...Read more