Dating a person with herpes
When you go in for STD testing, it is important to ask your doctor which infections you being tested for, and why.STD tests are usually done for infections that have serious outcomes if they are not treated.The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take weeks to heal.Testing allows a doctor to talk with you about what to expect in the future, which medications are available to help manage any symptoms, and how you can lower your risk of spreading the infection to your sex partner(s).This increases the chance of getting HIV, if exposed. Studies show that testing for genital herpes and treating with herpes medications does not lower the risk of getting HIV.Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are “notifiable” diseases in the United States, but herpes is not.
If you get genital herpes during pregnancy your baby could also become infected.Most people who have HSV-1 or HSV-2 don’t have symptoms.There are a lot of questions about herpes tests, and this page will help you understand CDC’s herpes testing recommendations.HSV-2 infection can cause tiny breaks in the genital and anal area that allow HIV to enter into the body.
Herpes infection also attracts the type of cells that HIV infects (“target cells”) to the genital area.CDC recommends herpes testing for people who have genital symptoms for herpes to confirm that they are infected.