Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

Herpes simplex virus infection, also called genital herpes, is a common sexually-transmitted infection. It causes recurring outbreaks of small, painful, fluid-filled blisters on the genitals in both women and men. The blisters can break and leave painful sores that may take a week or more to heal.

Most people with genital herpes have no symptoms or have very mild symptoms. Mild symptoms may go unnoticed or be mistaken for other skin conditions like a pimple or ingrown hair. Because of this, most people do not know they have a herpes infection, yet close to 19 million people in the United States have HSV.

MicroGenDX tests used in diagnosing HSV

The MicroGenDX test uses a vaginal sample. A MicroGenDX test detects the DNA of the HSV in a sample of cells, and can tell the specific type of HSV that is present within 24-48 hours. This is more reliable than “standard culture” test, where the virus must be grown in a lab and may take up to seven days for a result.

Medical specialties treating HSV

HSV can be treated by a primary care physician, urologist, or OB/GYN.

How HSV is treated

There is no cure for genital herpes, but antiviral medications (pills or topical ointments) can help relieve symptoms, reduce the frequency of recurrences, and lessen the chance of transmitting the herpes virus to someone else.

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