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Question: On Wednesday, 9/13, I felt a little itching and burning. Not so uncomfortable but still felt something was wrong. I had a culture test and blood test for Herpes and other STD's but the culture came back neg. There were no sores or lesions since it had only been around 5 days. Still waiting for the blood test but I now know I have to wait 3 months. The doctor said there was bacteria and that it is a yeast infection. I got home and started to feel that tingling feeling everyone keeps talking about. (I have been doing some major research online) That tingling feeling traveled down my legs and toes. But is five days too long to go on with atypical symptoms and no outbreak? What are my chances of getting herpes with 4 min. of sex? Blair

Answer: Dear Blair,

The initial symptoms of genital herpes usually start 2 to 20 days after being infected. After several days bumps may appear, break and then form scabs.

In women sores can be present in the vaginal area, external genitals, buttocks, anus or cervix.

Sometimes patients are asymptomatic or have very few symptoms which makes diagnosis difficult. The most reliable diagnosis is an antibody test that is specific for HSV-2 antibodies in serum. These tests are pretty new and not all laboratories do them.

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