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How To Tell If You Have Herpes
Ulcers!: Genital herpes is a viral infection that most commonly presents w/ painful sores or ulcers in the genital area. Outbreak can start as pain & itching. There may be small red bumps or tiny white blisters. Some pts have pain w/ urinating, recurrent vaginal irritation, painful lymph nodes in groin, pain down leg. Inital outbreak may feel like flu. Sometimes no symptoms . Culture of lesion diagnostic. ...Read more
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
Tests : A blood test or culture can tell if you have herpes. It is very important to get tested if you think you might have herpes to avoid transmission. Most women are screened for this virus during their annual pelvic exam but don't wait for your next annual if you feel you might have the virus. ...Read more
Depends: It can often be a clinical diagnosis in combination with the history. If there is ever a question, sometimes the lesions can be scraped and sent for viral culture. We can also biopsy the skin lesion. Finally, we can check bloodwork to see if recent or previous exposure ti either one of the herpes viruses. ...Read more
Is it possible for a doctor to tell how long you have had herpes i was asking because I have been in a relationship for a long time and recently found out i had herpes and if its possible that my boyfriend is lying and has cheated on me
Don't be so sure: If you "just found out"... did you perhaps have a positive test for herpes 2 (almost everybody has herpes 1) antibodies, but have never had symptoms on yourself? The test is far from 100% accurate. If you've never had an outbreak, perhaps you're a false positive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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