“Do you know why  Herpes Tests are so confusing?

What happens if you avoid it?”

Before you can decide of that let’s see what makes herpes so confusing.

Case: 1

John had an unprotected sex before a couple of days. Say, today he has developed some bad symptoms. He felt feverish, burning urination and some red patches and itching on the genitalia. He was afraid and checks in the net and finds out that he probably is exposed to HSV. He curses, swears and feels very bad, but he is not sure of the herpes infection. His suspicion is killing him. Now, what should he do?

Case: 2

Shelley had a casual but protected sex before some 3 to 4 months with a very charming guy in her office. Before a day or two, she discovers that that guy is under medication for genital herpes. She is worried. She immediately checks in the net for the symptoms of HSV. She has not a single symptom and she never had any. She is confused, can she be infected also? Now, what should she do to be sure?

Case: 3

Jay had a very bad day in office and was fired. He was stressed and went to a friend’s place where they kept on drinking till late in the night. Now, today he has developed some bad sores around the mouth. It also hurts when he goes peeing and he has a frequent urge for that. He has mild fever also. He calls a friend and he tells him that these symptoms may indicate Jay has contacted HSV. As Jay remembers he never had any sex with anybody other than his wife. His wife has a clean history and never had any such infection. Above all, she enjoys very good health. But, he is afraid. Can he be infected? Now, what should he do to be sure that he has not contacted HSV1 or HSV2? This suspense is killing him.

Who are John, Shelley, and Jay? Three fictitious characters I came up with, but they have one thing in common. They all suspect that they may be infected with HSV1 or HSV2. These cases are just a few simple variations of what you will find in true life. In real life, these are going to be much worse.

What should they do now?

Seek advice from a friend who has already gone through the process? Seek a doctor or a herpes expert’s advice?

What should be your testing strategy?

If you contact your friend who is already undergoing treatment for herpes may tell you how he was wrongly diagnosed for false positive or false negative or some frustrating story which further adds to your worry. The expert may give you some type of test and still send you for another after that. He is not sure even after both the test results came out negative. Why? Detecting herpes is not easy. Some people develop antibodies very quickly whereas in many cases HSV anti-bodies develop after a long time. It depends on body types. So you need a custom-made approach for you.

What if you sleep over it after the first test comes negative? What Herpes can do to you?

Nobody can tell you this because nobody is very sure of it as on now. What people even experts tell you are nothing but a bunch of opinions?

Opinion: 1

“Most genital herpes infections are asymptomatic and the fear of herpes is more psychological than it is physical,” says H. Hunter Handsfield, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and a nationally recognized STD expert.

Opinion: 2

“Herpes is rarely serious. Herpes is an extremely common and widely feared infection, but in most cases, it’s not very serious.” Some other expert

Opinion: 3

“It’s basically just a skin disease.” Some other expert

Opinion: 4

“In some cases, HSV2 leads to HIV.” Another expert

Opinion: 5

“HSV leads to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia” some latest finding etc

These opinions cause more fear and panic. Due to this sort of misinformation and confusion, many people avoid herpes testing altogether.

Accurate herpes testing is as important as a correct diagnosis in any other fatal disease. Being told you’re infected when you aren’t, or the other way around is very traumatic for the individual in the first case and deprives the patient of a timely treatment in the other. Many people live decades under the false notion that they were infected because they were not advised by a doctor for a herpes virus test. When someone is diagnosed by his/her symptoms alone it’s easy to
make mistakes in finding out a genital herpes infection.

There are confusions, but there is clarity.

You must always take a herpes test. Never neglect.

Before you go for your herpes test you must know what exactly is at risk and what steps to take.  You must clearly know the types of herpes tests available and what to ask your doctor about your herpes testing.