Hi, I recently had a full sexual health screening at 31 days. The nurse said I would not need to complete any further tests. All my tests were negative but reading online, it sometimes seems to advise that for syphilis, you test after 90 days. Reading this has worried me. Can anyone advise what information is correct and whether I need to retest as I'm very worried.
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Listen to the nurshe , stop stressing . If after 90 days is positive which i highly thing it will not . Treatment is available and easily curable .
It all depends on your risk . Syphilis is uncommon in heterosexual populations ( in most "first world " countries) . If you have had male contact or sex with someone from an endemic area , a 4 week test is pretty conclusive, but the guidelines do suggest screening again after 3 months to be 100% sure.
If you had a cold sore at age 11, you will still have positive HSV antibodies in your blood - and for the rest of your life. Doing blood tests on every sexual health patient for HSV antibodies would generate a vast workload and a vast amount of anxiety. So if someone tested positive for HSV 1 antibodies, and you never had any symptoms in your entire life, how would you counsel that person ? Especially when up to 1 in every 2 people in most populations have antibodies against the HSV virus .
That's not a given. Problems can improve themselves. Just because someones symptoms get better while taking a medicine, doesn't always mean its because of the medicine. There is an excellent test for herpes simplex PCR that can be taken from the skin. There are many conditions that can cause penile skin changes.
Interesting analysis. There is also the placebo effect. The burning of balanitis verses the burning of herpes. How could one truly know which one it is. It just seems like people jump to be circumcised when valtrex could have been the cause in the first place. I had burning pain in the frenulum area and valtrex eliminated the pain.
One thing that’s strange, but I believe that herpes in the right area of the body, could increase sensation. In my case I would get this tingling sensation in the frenulum area, it felt kind of good lol.