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
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