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Category: OB GYN
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Experience:  MBBS
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I’m concerned I have herpes but I’m not sure, I had a smear

Customer Question

Hi, I’m concerned I have herpes but I’m not sure
JA: When was your last pap smear? Have you ever had an irregular pap?
Customer: I had a smear test in November
JA: Is there anything else the Doctor should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 16 days ago.

Hi! I am Dr Saleem. Welcome to JA.

Thank you for the question. I will be answering your query shortly.

Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 16 days ago.

I understand your concern.

Do you have visible painful blisters or ulcers in the genital area?

Is there a lot of burning and pain?

Do you have fever?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
to all apart from the fever
Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 16 days ago.

I'm afraid there's a strong possibility of genital herpes in that case. You should ideally visit the sexual health/Gum clinic and get tested with a swab. The doctor there can prescribe antiviral medication like Valacyclovir to treat this.

Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 16 days ago.

Please let me know if you have any other queries. Thanks.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I was tested orally for herpes with pcr which was negative a couple months ago - can I still have caught it?
Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 16 days ago.

Yes you could have caught it later. The test done 2 months back would not be valid now.