Exams and Tests
Your doctor may be able to diagnose genital herpes from
your medical history and a physical exam, especially if the herpes sores are
typical in appearance. Your
doctor may ask you the following questions:
- Do you think you were exposed to genital herpes
or another sexually transmitted infection (STI)? How do you know? Did your
partner tell you?
- What are your symptoms?
- Do you have sores in the genital area or
anywhere else on your body?
- Do they usually come and
- Do you have any urinary symptoms, including frequent urination,
burning or stinging with urination, or urinating in small
- If you have discharge from the vagina or penis, does it have any smell or color?
- What method of birth control do you use? Did you
use condoms to protect against STIs?
- What are your sexual practices and your partner's sexual practices?
- Have you had an STI in the past? How was it
If this is your first outbreak of suspected genital
herpes, further testing may be done to confirm the diagnosis.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
August 7, 2012
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