How Can I Tell If I Have Genital Herpes?

Written by: Daniel Williams, MD

Genital Herpes is caused by the Herpes virus and can be type 1 (usually associated with cold sores of the mouth) or type 2 (most common). The virus is transmitted sexually, even with the use of condoms, and patients are frequently contagious when they aren’t having active breakouts.

Though you need a doctor to make an accurate diagnosis, you can get a rough idea if you have genital herpes based on the following criteria:

1. Did you get flu-like symptoms or painful genital lesions within 24-48 hours after intercourse? Especially with a new partner?
2. Do the lesions come to a head, much like a pimple, hurt and have fluid that leaks out days later?
3. Do the lesions tend to cluster in certain areas while avoiding other areas?
4. Does your sex partner have similar lesions or scars in their genital region?
5. Do “outbreaks” of your lesions occur during times of stress? Perhaps several times per year?

There can be a lot of different causes of genital skin lesions that look like herpes. It is important to have a physician see them or obtain blood samples. The gold standard for diagnosis is a special laboratory test called the Tzanck Smear, in which fluid from the vesicle is placed on a microscope slide and treated with a special reagent. Occasionally, other tests are used to make the diagnosis such as viral cultures or a virus replication technology called polymerase chain reaction in order to produce enough of the virus for adequate analysis.

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