Can You Use Herpes Pictures for Self Diagnosis

If you have recently discovered some sores on or near your genitals, and you suspect they may be herpes, then you will probably want to find out if you have herpes just as soon as you can. You may be aware that there are medical tests for herpes, but you are impatient, and you want to know right away. This article will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using photos of herpes for self diagnosis, compared to medical tests.

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There are websites with pictures of herpes. Some of the pictures will be quite gross, and some will look like only a small pimple or a rash. You will find them for all areas of the body besides the genitals. You will see photos of herpes on arms, legs, cheeks, fingers, backs and buttocks. It can be quite shocking to see some of the pictures.

Using pictures of herpes may not be the most accurate way to find out if you have herpes. But it is a good starting point. Tests are not 100% accurate and doctors often mis-diagnose herpes. Doctor visits and tests take time and money. The most accurate test for herpes is a blood test. To have this test done, you must wait until 12 weeks after your suspected infection. The test is about 98% accurate, and costs about $500. The more common and cheaper test is viral culture test. For this, you must visit your doctor or an STD clinic while you are having an outbreak. A culture from your sores is taken with a cotton swab and then sent for analysis by a lab. The results will come back in a few days. This test is about 50% to 70% accurate and costs less than a blood test.

Can You Use Herpes Pictures for Self Diagnosis

Doctors often mis-diagnose herpes as ingrown hairs, or as pimples, a rash, or a bladder infection. They do this after a quick look, and then they will probably suggest a blood test or culture test.

Herpes pictures can be used to do a self diagnosis of yourself. You can use the internet to find pictures which you can look at, and then compare the pictures to the sores you have on your body. This is not as good as a medical test, but the advantages are compelling. The advantages are it is free, quick, and you can do it using the internet right away. The first step is to find some herpes pictures, which is easy to do. The next step is to look at the pictures and then at your sores. There is an additional step. To do a self diagnosis of yourself regarding herpes, there is something more that you have to do besides compare yourself to the pictures. Your self diagnosis will be much more accurate, if you pause and look inward using your intuition or your gut feeling. Think back to what you were doing sexually about 5 to 15 days ago, and who you were with. Think about what the other person may have said before you had sex, and if there were any cautionary flags thrown up that you ignored. Your intuition or gut will start telling you if you have herpes or not. This is not easy to do, but if you combine it with your views of the photos, it will be remarkably accurate. Later you can of course get a test if you like, and you might as well go for the cheaper viral culture test.

Acceptance is the first step to recovering from the shock of getting herpes. You can then start to take some positive action, and learn how to deal with your herpes. If you do some internet research, you will find that over half the people with herpes never have outbreaks, and you can tell yourself that you will be one of them. With further research you can find out how to prevent outbreaks.

 

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