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Cold sores post unprotected oral sex. When should one get tested for HSV1 and HSV2?

I had unprotected oral sex with a girl that had a cold sore today. Now my question is, how SOON should I get tested for the HSV1 and 2? I am probably already positive for HSV 1 since I was a kid. But I don t think I ever had HSV 2 before and cold sores are caused by 1. Should I wait for the first S/S appear? What is the advantage of detecting it early? Should I get tested as soon as tomorrow? I know the incubation period is 3-7 days. That is one helluva week for me! Thanks in advance for your time!
Asked On : Tue, 31 Jul 2012
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,
Herpes simplex infection is characterized by multiple fluid filled painful vesicles on the genitalia.
Genital lesions are caused by HSV 2 mainly, however, HSV 1 can also cause genital infection.
What is the site of the cold sore?
Was it present on the genitals?
Cold sores are characteristic of syphilis.
Get a test for syphilis.
Herpes simplex infection is suggested by appearance of vesicles.
If infection appears, antiviral treatment needs to be instituted.

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Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Thu, 29 Aug 2013
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