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El examen de detección del herpes genital no se recomienda para todos. Sin embargo, si se realizará un examen o recibirá tratamiento para otra enfermedad de transmisión sexual , es posible que su médico realice un examen para el herpes genital. Tener varias parejas sexuales lo pone en mayor riesgo de infectarse con el virus.

Si está embarazada, su médico le preguntará si tiene herpes genital y la examinará para verificar si tiene llagas en su área genital. Es posible que se realice un examen para averiguar si tiene el virus. Esto es especialmente importante en el momento del parto para evitar transmitir el virus al bebé.


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Gardella C, Huang ML, Wald A, et al. Rapid polymerase chain reaction assay to detect herpes simplex virus in the genital tract of women in labor. Obstet Gynecol. 2010;115(6):1209-1216.

Genital herpes—CDC fact sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: Updated February 13, 2013. Accessed October 17, 2014.

Workowski KA, Berman S, et al. Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines, 2010. MMWR. 2010;59(No. RR-12):1-110.

Last reviewed May 2015 by Michael Woods, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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