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    Most sexually active people with genital ulcers have herpes, syphilis, or chancroid. But not all genital ulcers are caused by STDs.  Here’s what to expect when tested.

    Diagnosis

    Print out this page before you go -- includes illustrations and questions your doctor may ask.

    Whether you’re newly diagnosed or living with frequent genital herpes outbreaks, you’ll want answers.

    Tests

    Up to half of all first episodes of genital herpes are caused by HSV-1, yet recurrences occur less frequent for genital HSV-1 infection than for HSV-2. Testing for HSV type can influence prognosis and counseling.

    If you think you may have been exposed to genital herpes via sexual contact, it's a good idea to discuss testing with your doctor.

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