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How is genital herpes diagnosed?

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Your doctor can diagnose genital herpes by visual inspection if the outbreak is typical and by examining a sample from the sore(s). But HSV infections can be difficult to diagnose between outbreaks. Your doctor may check for ulcers internally -- on the cervix in women and the urethra in men. Blood tests that detect HSV-1 or HSV-2 antibodies may be helpful, although the results are not always easy to interpret.

From: Sexual Health and Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 13, 2017

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 13, 2017

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