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HSV Diagnosis for New Nurse Practitioners

Apr 07, 2021

So often in primary care, patients come in asking for testing for herpes, whether they have symptoms or not. Sometimes it’s because they “want to be tested for everything,” or are concerned about an exposure from a partner. As a new nurse practitioner, I wasn’t always confident about the best approach.

In this week’s video, I’m covering:

  • When to consider HSV, and the unlikely ways it can present
  • What the difference between primary, non-primary initial and recurrent infections are, and what it means for the patient
  • The top differential diagnoses to consider
  • How to test for HSV, what the gold standard tests are and what NOT to use

Check it out below:

 (FYI: to slow down the audio speed, hit the gear symbol in the bottom right corner and change it to .75x or .5x. Closed captions are also located at the bottom R hand corner of the video.)

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