Category Archives: Herpes

Trying to Get Brother to Seek Herpes Testing

Q: My brother has a new girlfriend, and they have been sexually active for about one month. He told me that he has some sort of a blister or sore on his genitals, and he is concerned about the possibility of an STD, especially herpes. He is too embarrassed to go to his regular doctor […]

Do I Need Another Herpes Test?

Q: I had a herpes test done about three months ago when I started dating my new girlfriend. The results came back negative. I have been faithful to her, and I am certain she has been faithful to me. However, I noticed some sort of blister in my genital area. Before I go back to […]

Herpes Testing after Hearing a Rumor

Q: My husband and I recently separated. I just discovered that he had cheated on me a few months ago. The person he was involved with is rumored to have herpes. Does this mean that I’ve been exposed to herpes? Should I have myself tested? S. Steinman Boise, Idaho A: If you have recently been […]

Do I Need a Herpes Test?

Q: I have been experiencing some strange symptoms and would like to know more about herpes. I’m afraid that I might need a herpes test. I don’t know if I’ve been exposed, but I did have unprotected sex recently. Please tell me more about herpes symptoms and your testing process. Name Withheld Denver, CO A: […]

Scared of Herpes Testing

Q: My boyfriend found out that he has herpes. I’m in a panic – I know I need to be tested, but I’m afraid of the results. I have heard horrific things about herpes. What can you tell me about herpes testing? S. Gardner Miami, FL A: Since your boyfriend has been diagnosed with herpes, […]

Do I Really Need to Get a Herpes Test?

Q: I found out that an ex has herpes. I was never told about this and the last time we were together sexually was almost a year ago. I do not know if he had herpes during our time together or not. I never saw any symptoms. Do I need to get a herpes test? […]

What Types of Herpes Testing are Available?

Q: I just found out that my ex-boyfriend has herpes. I don’t have any herpes symptoms, but I would rather be safe than sorry. I’ve never been tested before – what are some of the available types of herpes testing? D. Sanders San Antonio, Texas A: You are right – it is better to be […]

How to Test for Herpes

Q: I just got a call from my ex-girlfriend and she seems to think that I gave her genital herpes. I have never had an outbreak so of course I told her that it was not me, but I was her last partner and she says that she has only had sex with one other […]

Can I get Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 in the genital region if I already have cold sores?

Question: Hi, I just met a person who I really like. He also just told me he has Herpes Simplex type 1, but in the genital area. I have had cold sores all my life with sporadic outbreaks and thus I suspect that I have Herpes Simplex type 1, in the oral area. Usually, the […]

Risks: 5 Pathogens Linked to Risk for Stroke

A new study shows an association between five common pathogens and an increased risk for stroke. Many strokes cannot be explained by known risk factors like high blood pressure and smoking. The infections in order of significance are Chlamydia pneumoniae, Helicobacter pylori, cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, according to the study, published […]