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.

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Angiokeratomas : is it a std that is not curable and will always come back such as genital herpes or genital warts?

Not an STD, harmless. Angiokeratoma is not an STD and has nothing to do with sex. (The large majority of skin problems of the genital area are not STDs.) Antiokeratomas may recur, but it's not a serious health problem. Discuss it with your doctor if you remain concerned. Read more...

If my fingers came in contact with genital herpes or genital warts, would I have to wash my hands with soap or can I just rinse my hands?

Water ok. Water will remove over 90% of the viral load on your skin. Using the soap Would only be beneficial if there was oil residues or massive amounts of contaminant on your hand but you weren't able to wash off with water. Read more...

How do genital warts and genital herpes differ?

Very different. Genital warts look like warts anywhere else. They're flesh-colored and not fluid-filled. Herpes looks like either small blisters or shallow ulcers on a red base. In addition, herpes lesions come and go; warts just stay there. Read more...

Is genital herpes and genital warts the same thing?

Not at all . These are two different stds caused by two different virus. Genital warts is caused by hpv and leads to warts. Herpes is caused by hsv and leads to painful ulcers and blisters. Read more...

If you have genital herpes can you give your partner genital warts? I have genital herpes and my wife just found out she has genital warts

Herpes . Herpes virus and genital warts are different viruses. Patients can have "latent" infections for years that then surface, so it doesn't necessarily mean a patient gets an infection from their current partner. Read more...

Can the viruses that cause genital herpes, genital warts, and molluscum contagiosum also cause bumps on the face or lips?

Yes. The virus you mentioned can affect the skin anywhere in the body. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. Read more...