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What STD tests should we have before getting married?

My girlfriend and I aren’t going to sleep together until we’re married...but she has had two previous partners, and I haven’t had any. What kinds of STD testing should we have before marriage to make sure we’re both healthy? I’ve heard that HIV might not show any physical effects for a long time, so this worries me.

Is a cure for herpes in the works?

Are researchers looking for a cure for herpes? If so, how long will people living with herpes need to wait before we see a cure? Do researchers need funds?

I think I have herpes...will I ever be able to have sex again?

I am a male who has never had sex with a female, and about a year ago I had sexual activity with another male. Come to find out, I got genital herpes from it. I have never been tested or taken medication, but I’m pretty sure I’ve had about three herpes outbreaks. I am straight and all of my friends think that there is something wrong with me because I have not had sex yet (with a woman). But now I don’t want to take the risk of having sex with a woman and spreading the disease, especially because everyone knows I’m a virgin. Could I say I got herpes from oral sex? I have no clue what to do!

How can I keep from spreading genital herpes to my boyfriend?

I was raped and found out later that I have herpes. Can I have sex with my boyfriend without infecting him and are there limits to what we can do sexually? Is there some kind of vaccine he can get so that he doesn’t contract this virus?

Can I get herpes from giving my girlfriend oral sex?

After performing oral sex on my girlfriend, I break out with cold sores around my mouth. Am I at risk for herpes?

Can the herpes virus remain dormant for a period of up to 30 years before any symptoms are evident?

My wife was recently diagnosed with HSV-2 after showing typical blistering in the vaginal area and having both blood and swab tests. Her physician prescribed Valtrex for treatment. We have been in a monogamous relationship for over 30 years and neither of us have had any visual symptoms in the past. She did have a similar occurrence about a year ago but tested negative. Her symptoms came in conjunction with several menstrual cycle problems and several yeast infections, all of which have been treated by her physician. I plan on getting tested, and believe that I’ll most likely test positive. Her doctor told her that he has never witnessed the virus being dormant for more than 12 years. This has caused her to doubt my faithfulness in the relationship, which I understand under the circumstances. I do not doubt her faithfulness at all. I could easily accept the fact that I (or she, for that matter) was infected prior to our marriage over 30 years ago and never knew...can the herpes virus remain dormant for that long before showing symptoms?

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