I’ve had unprotected sex with a man who has herpes..

 “I have had unprotected sex with a man who has herpes. I have some questions. What tests are available to be certain I didn’t get the virus? What are the potential signs/symptoms I should look for? How long does it take to find out if I have been infected or how long is the potential risk period of it showing up?”

A: “Health care providers can diagnose genital herpes by visual inspection and by taking a sample of the fluid from the sore. A blood test is available to detect the herpes virus, however, this test can not tell the difference between Herpes simplex 1 (the herpes virus that causes cold sores/fever blisters) and Herpes simplex 2 (the virus that causes genital herpes). Typical signs and symptoms of a herpes infection include the appearance of one or more blisters on or around the genitals. The first outbreak usually occurs within two weeks aftr the virus is transmitted. In the future, always use protection consistently and correctly to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading sexually transmitted infections.”

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