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How can I find out if I have been infected with genital herpes?

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Go to your doctor and get tested. A doctor may take a sample from what appears to be a genital herpes sore and send it to a lab for testing. You can also have a blood test that looks for antibodies to the virus your immune system would have made when you were infected.

SOURCES:  Fleming, et al. "Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 in the United States, 1976 to 1994," New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16, 1997. ASHA, National Herpes Resource Center. NIAID (fact sheet), "Genital Herpes," Sept. 2003. MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: "Herpes genital (genital Herpes simplex)." CDC, "Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2002." WebMD Medical News: "Herpes Virus Linked to Cervical Cancer," Nov. 5, 2002.Terri Warren, RN, Westover Heights Clinic. Warren, Terri, RN, and Warren, Ricks, PhD, The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 26, 2019

SOURCES:  Fleming, et al. "Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 in the United States, 1976 to 1994," New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16, 1997. ASHA, National Herpes Resource Center. NIAID (fact sheet), "Genital Herpes," Sept. 2003. MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: "Herpes genital (genital Herpes simplex)." CDC, "Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2002." WebMD Medical News: "Herpes Virus Linked to Cervical Cancer," Nov. 5, 2002.Terri Warren, RN, Westover Heights Clinic. Warren, Terri, RN, and Warren, Ricks, PhD, The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 26, 2019

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