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How can a doctor diagnose genital herpes?

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A doctor can diagnose genital herpes by looking at the outbreak and taking a sample of tissue or fluid from the sores. There are also blood tests for HSV-1 and HSV-2. Although they can’t pinpoint when the infection was acquired or predict when an outbreak is likely to happen again, they are useful for diagnosing the condition if the outbreak is healing or has already healed.

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CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 30, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes."

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 30, 2019

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