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Do I need to be tested for Herpes as well?

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During unprotected sex, I saw a red single water-filled blister at the buttock of my partner, though I heard that this is not a typical Herpes outbreak lesion.
1). Do I need to be tested for Herpes as well because normally Herpes tests are not included in STD panel test and even not recommended unless one has an outbreaks or symptoms which I don't have ? But the reality is Herpes symptoms usually do not appear. Any advise from your side will be highly appreciated coz I am worried to carry on unprotected sex with my wife ?

2). Doctor Handsfield, University of Washington says among monogamous couples in which one person has Herpes, who have regular sex 2-3 times a week without condoms, transmission occurs to only 5% of uninfected partners per year. Is there a low transmission chances of Herpes for person like me who had just one single exposure ?

3). What other STDs test would you normally advise for a person like me having one time unprotected sex ? My HIV & VDRL clean at 5 week


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replied June 19th, 2014
Sexual Health - Men Answer A47843
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The lesion you described may or may not be herpes. but when it comes to safety who knows. so for the sake of discussion we will presume that your partner was having herpes. Now coming to chances of getting infection. Most of STDs are having single digit figure of percentage when it comes to its spread via unprotected sex. Herpes has particularly very low transmission rate as quoted by you (5% per year). So theoretically the low chances of that person having herpes together with low chances of spread due to single time sex makes most of the odds in your favor. So you are right that you dont need to be tested for Herpes unless some signs appears.


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