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Chances of herpes contraction, diagnostic tests for STDs - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hi, I had a little sexual encounter with a masseuse today. She helped me to masturbate by her hands and we also had some intimate contacts. But we didn't have sex or any other oral activity. Am I in risk of any STIs?
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   The risks of exposure to STD's depend on a few factors.
User :   ok
Doctor :   If you are worried about HIV, the risks of HIV is very low, if there was no contact with the genital secretions.
User :   ok
Doctor :   There is a small risk of herpes, if your partner has been infected,
User :   ok
Doctor :   however the chances of other STD infection is very, very minimal.
User :   What should I do now? Should I do some tests for herpes?
Doctor :   Since herpes can spread from completely normal skin, watch out for few symptoms such as redness, itching, soreness, skin lesions.
Doctor :   If such symptoms occur you may need antiviral drugs.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Alternatively, you may get Herpes DNA PCR test done using your blood sample after 2 weeks.
User :   Where can I do this test? I live in Bangalore? And how much does that cost?
Doctor :   In addition Herpes IgG and IgM antibodies on the blood sample will also help in diagnosing herpes.
Doctor :   These test cost a few thousand India Rupees.
Doctor :   It is done at most reputed labs
User :   ok
Doctor :   While you wait to get these tests done, I would like to tell you that, though there is small chances of Herpes, the chances that you would be infected is not high if your partner did not have visible skin lesions on the body.
Doctor :   So do not worry.
Doctor :   The test will reassure you that you are not infected.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes doctor I understood everything
User :   Thanks a lot for helping
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No, nothing else
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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