Below are some of the questions people like you have sent us about herpes. Click the question to see or hide answers from our experts.
Is it possible for the herpes simplex 1 virus to turn into the herpes simplex II virus? Is it possible to test negative for both types and then test positive a few months later, even without an outbreak? What about having a “false” positive test result?
I’m only 15. I was in a serious relationship for two years with this guy but out of anger I let another guy perform oral sex on me. I haven’t had sexual intercourse for over 5 months but now am starting to think I have herpes because my vagina has been very irritated and red and maybe a little swollen. I have looked at pictures of herpes but what I see doesn’t look the same. Do I have an STD? Does this sound like herpes?
I read on your website that the herpes virus does not last very long outside the body. I’m sending you two studies I found online that suggest HSV can live for two hours at room temperature. Which information is correct? It seems to me bathrooms might be a real risk.