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I know I was exposed to the herpes virus. When should I get tested?

I was exposed to herpes, got tested and found out that I’m negative for the virus. Should I get tested again to be sure I am not infected? In the meantime, can I still have sexual contact?

What is the most effective way to test for herpes?

I want to get a test for herpes but I don't know what I should look for in a test. What's the best and most accurate way to get tested for herpes simplex virus?

I got a blow job from a prostitute...what STD tests should I get to be safe?

I’m in an unhappy monogamous relationship, so seven days ago I had unprotected oral sex (a blow job) and protected intercourse with a woman I don’t know. When I asked her why she wasn’t using a condom for the oral sex she said that she didn’t have herpes and didn’t think I did either. What STD tests should I consider taking? I feel horrible and scared.

How do I get tested for STDs?

What tests detect STDs? Is there one test or are there a series of tests?

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?

I have genital herpes...will I be able to get pregnant and have a healthy baby?

I recently found out that I am positive for genital herpes. I had little tiny bumps on my vulva that the doctor identified as symptoms of herpes; her diagnosis was confirmed with a blood test. Can I conceive a healthy baby with a partner who also has the herpes virus?

Did I get oral herpes from oral sex?

Yesterday, I performed oral sex on a man. Today, I have what look like little pimples on the corner of my mouth. They’re sore, so I’m wondering if they might be herpes.

Are these peach-colored bumps inside my mouth herpes?

I have peach-colored bumps on the inside of my cheeks that were diagnosed as herpes. I’ve had them for over five weeks, and they haven’t gotten any better or worse. Is five weeks an unusually long time to have open herpes sores?

Are small blisters in my vaginal area a symptom of herpes?

I recently found some small blisters in my vaginal area. They’re becoming painful. Do I have a yeast infection, or is it something else...like maybe herpes?

I think I have genital herpes...can I treat it with my oral herpes medication?

I’m a 21-year-old female and I’ve only had one sexual partner my whole life. We have been having sex monogamously for about a year now and we use a condom about 90% of the time. I get herpes outbreaks on my mouth and sometimes my nose when I’m sick or under a lot of stress. I haven’t had an outbreak for about six months. Today I noticed a very small pinkish bump on the inside of my vaginal lip. It only hurts when I press on it really hard, but I’m scared it could be herpes. I have a prescription for acyclovir for my oral herpes. Would this work to get rid of the bump on my vaginal lip?