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hi, my question is regarding genital herpes

By Anonymous November 15, 2014 - 7:01am
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My bf and me had unprotected sex .after few days he had sore(ulser) around his genital area. When he got tested for hsv 1 and hsv 2 ( blood test) the result was non reactive. Can blood test give accurate results.Can there be any other reason for those ulsers. And regarding STDs my question is STDs occur in person only if he had unprotected sex with a person who is infected.or is there a chance where neither had std before and they can become victims of std after having unprotected sex....please help me

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Hi Anon,

The most common STDs to cause ulcers include genital herpes, syphilis, chancroid. I would ask your doctor about all of these to determine what one is the actual cause. 

Visiting a doctor is necessary for treatment and to determine what the STD is.


November 16, 2014 - 5:27pm

Hi Anon,

Thank you for reaching out with your question to the EmpowHER community! Yes, blood tests are very accurate in testing for genital herpes. Your doctor can also take a sample from what appears to be the herpes sore and send that to the lab for testing.

Usually, STDs only occur after having unprotected sex with another person who is infected with that STD. However, some STDs, live HPV, can be passed along even if using protection like a condom because there is still skin to skin contact. 

Did your boyfriend get tested for any other STDs? There are other tests that can also be taken for STDs including urine samples, taking samples of the actual ulcer to be tested, a swab of the genitals, and a swab of the actual sore/ulcer.

Sometimes ulcers can appear for STDs besides genital warts. I would talk to your doctor about these other testing options to see what the ulcer truly is and to make sure your boyfriend can get the best treatment option needed.

It would also be a good idea to get yourself tested too, especially if you are having unprotected sex. It's always best to get tested, and if something is caught early, it is much easier to treat.

I hope this has helped! Please keep me updated and let me know if you have further questions.


November 15, 2014 - 5:13pm
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Anonymous (reply to Erin Kennedy)

Thanks Erin .please can you tell me wt more STDs are there responsible for this ulcers. Please help

November 15, 2014 - 8:11pm
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