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Accurately Diagnose Genital Herpes

An accurate herpes test is critical for effective diagnosis and treating genital herpes. Can you imagine a being informed that you had a positive test for genital herpes and you were not actually a “positive”? Or how about the other way around? The effects could be devastating. Believe it or not but some people have lived for years with an inaccurate negative genital herpes diagnosis and later found out they were positive because their doctor didn't test for the virus. Instead, they were inaccurately diagnosed simply by their symptoms. Genital herpes symptoms are easily mistaken for other infections or illnesses.

Put Your Mind At Ease

For the most part people want to know if they have been infected with the genital herpes virus in the past and are in danger of passing the virus to other people and loved ones. They expect to be educated when they finally work up the courage to go visit their health care provider. Various studies indicate that:

  • 92% of people want to know if they are infected,
  • 90% of people want to know if their partner is infected,
  • 65% of people think that genital herpes testing is part of routine screening for STDs.

Unfortunately, many clinics do not test for herpes and most importantly a test is not included as a part of their STD testing protocol. PAP smears are not method of herpes detection.  See the CDC guidelines for PAP Smears.

If you have genital blisters, there are several test for genital herpes and diagnosis options available to you. They include:

    1. Physical examination,

    2. Culture or swab tests, and

    3. Herpes blood test.

It's only when you combine all three options above, a carefully reviewed medical and sexual history will you be able to have an accurate diagnosis.

Who Should Have A Herpes Test?

Primarily the people who are at the greatest risk of a genital herpes infection are the first people that should have a test.

Listed below is a controversial list of three groups with the greatest risk of HSV2.

    1. People who have been previously tested and diagnosed for another Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). As many as 70% of all people who have been previously tested and diagnosed with another STD have already been infected with the genital herpes virus……AND 90% of them do not KNOW!

    2. Pregnant Women in their third trimester AND their Partners. More and more doctors are recommending genital herpes testing to pregnant women who are entering into their third trimester and their partners. This goes without saying that the testing will identify men (or their partners) and the women who have genital herpes and take the appropriate steps to protect themselves and their newborn babies. Women who test negative for HSV2 are also being advised not to have unprotected oral/genital sex with partners unless they know their HSV2 status.

    3. People who have a history of genital herpes signs and symptoms. This group of people have the greatest risk of having genital herpes and they are at greatest risk of unknowingly transmitting it to their partner.

REMEMBER...if any person has genital herpes signs and symptoms they should be tested immediately!


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