Hsv 1 Genital Herpes Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    As a lesbian with hsv-1 genital, how can i prevent my partner from getting it?
    I take my valtrex and my outbreaks aren't frequent, but I know that she can still get it during oral sex and such. There aren't many options for protection these days, and I'd like to know what steps could be taken for safer sex when it comes to lesbians and herpes, in particular, hsv-1 genital.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT have any form of sex if you think your getting or having an out break. HSV1 genitally can be passed to the mouth (it's rare but it's possible) only if there is an out break while your partner gives you oral sex.
      Herpes is at its most contagious point while there are any signs of an out break. There is only a slight chance of getting it when there are no signs of one.
      Since your taking medication and avoiding sex when you think your getting or have an out break, that will reduce your chances of passing herpes on. You should be hones with your partner, if they don't know you have herpes then, I know it's hart but you should tell them and let them know when an out break is coming so you can avoid sex. There are female condoms but they don't cover all areas of the genitals that herpes can affect so they don't offer 100 percent protection against herpes.
      I have HSV1 genitally too but I'm not a lesbian.

      Here are some herpes statistics for you.
      http://www.best-herpes-treatments.com/herpes-statistics.html
      and general info on herpes
      http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_learn.cfm

  2. QUESTION:
    what is the difference of genital herpes hsv1 and genital herpes hsv2?
    is those two virus the same or different. i want to know what is the difference between the genital herpes hsv 1 and hsv2?

    • ANSWER:
      It's kinda like saying what's the difference between Red Delicious and Granny Smith Apples?....they are both apples but different kinds. The same is true for hsv 1 and 2. They are both herpes viruses but different kinds. HSV1 tends to be the variety that is what we call 'cold sores' and HSV2 tends to be the variety that causes genital blisters. However, either variety can live in either place. So.....HSV! can be in the genital area and well as the lips and vice versa. There is no cure and they are treated the same. A blood test can determine is you have 1 or2 or both. A culture of the blister itself can also tell you if its 1 or 2. Since the treatment is the same, I don't usually culture the blisteres in the office. I do a blood test though.

  3. QUESTION:
    When did you tell your partner that you have genital herpes?
    When did you tell your bf/gf that you have genital herpes? How long were you dating and how did they take it?

    • ANSWER:
      you must tell your partner before first sex! it will be honest move!

      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

      anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    what is the diffrence between genital herpes and genital warts?
    what is the diffrence between genital herpes and genital warts? do genital warts effect u in any way like the herpes? do warts come back like herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      Genital Warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) while genital herpes is caused by the Herpes simplex virus (HSV)1 and 2.

      Genital warts typically present with multiple, asymmetric, and polymorphic (differently staged) growths in the genital/anal area. Genital warts (external) often have a high persistence/recurrence rate, but more than 90% of patients with external genital warts experience "clearance" of HPV from the body within 2 years (with or without treatment), however the disappearance of warts is not necessarily a sign of HPV infection eradication. It is possible that genital warts can spread to other areas from the initial infection (occurs 20-30% of patients) and can reappear post treatment

      There are a variety of treatments available including: Imiquimod, podophyllotoxin, cryotherapy, and podophyllin that have all been shown to be effective.

      Genital Herpes occurs as a cluster of (often painful) fluid filled "blisters" that appear on a background of skin that is reddish or slightly inflamed. Outbreaks of herpes after the initial outbreak is common in a person with HSV (1or2) and may be associated with the menstrual cycle, emotional stress, illness (especially with fever), sexual intercourse, surgery, and certain medications....these are called trigger factors. The number/frequency of outbreaks that a person develops varies tremendously with each individual, however in the majority of cases, outbreaks slowly decrease over time (years) no matter how bad the first outbreak was.
      People with HSV-1 and HSV-2 can transmit the infection at any time regardless of whether they are experiencing an outbreak. There is medicine available that can decrease the amount of lesions and the risk of transmission (valacyclovir, famciclovir, or acyclovir have all been proven to be effective (at various doses).

      Hope this helps

  5. QUESTION:
    What are all the ways possible that a guy can spread herpes to another guy?
    I have herpes and i dont want to pass it on to my partner, so i want to know wat are all the ways i can pass herpes on to my bf. For example can it be trasferd to him if we have anal sex while im the top? And can he still get it if im the bottom?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well if you read below and the attached links u will be more aware of Herpes 1& 2 ...

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part.
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  6. QUESTION:
    what can my daughter take to get rid of the pain?
    My daughter has genital herpes, it's the first time she's ever had it, is there anything she can do to get rid of the pain? I feel so sorry for her because she can't hardly walk.

    • ANSWER:
      1) Try pouring warm water over your genitals when you go.
      If you just started taking the meds then they take a few days to sink in and start working. If you have taken them for more then a week and they are not doing any thing for you then you may want to consider going back to the doctor and trying a different medication.
      You can try taking pain killers and using things like Abreva or Lipactin to help heal the out break.Or you can also try diluted 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the out break.
      Try to calm your self down, stressing out will only make things worse. There is also Lysine it's more natural then the meds but don't take Lysine and the meds at the same time.
      2) anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

      Working in women's health + personal experience

  7. QUESTION:
    Can herpes get into your bloodstream and poison you if not treated?
    My friend found out he has herpes and will not get treated for it because he doesn't think it will affect him whether he gets treated or not because he doesn't get outbreaks. I heard from someone that if herpes is not treated it can get into your bloodstream and poison you. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it can't!

      Herpes is a virus than causes a minor skin infection. After the initial infection, your immune system controls the virus, and the virus becomes dormant, hiding out in the nerve ganglion that serves the area of the initial infection. Every now and then, when the immune system is low, the virus is able to come to the surface and cause a visible outbreak, which lasts 3-5 days, before it becomes dormant again.

      Treatment is NOT necessary. Taking antivirals every can can reduce the number of outbreaks a person gets. It can also make you infectious less often. Taking antivirals such as valtrex when you feel an outbreak starting can possibly stop the outbreak (but may not). Apart from that, herpes medication doesn't do anything and is NOT necessary.

      Humans have been getting herpes for thousands and thousands of years, and the immune system does a good job of controlling it.

      Cold sores are also herpes - often the same virus that causes genital herpes (the oral herpes virus causes half of genital herpes infections too). Cold sores come and go on their own, without the need for treatment. 80% of adults are infected with either oral or genital herpes, neither require treatment.

      Herpes is not even carried in the blood stream. People with herpes are still able to give blood, and their blood is not infectious. Herpes blood tests don't test for the virus itself, but for antibodies to the virus which are present in the blood of people who have it. The virus itself is not to be found in the blood, and will not poison you! It is a localised infection - if you catch it on one part of your body, for example orally on your mouth, it stays there and does not travel around your body. In this respect it is completely different from HIV.

      Although it causes outbreaks, herpes does no long term damage to the skin and does not scar. It does NO damage at all to any part of the body. It just causes outbreaks from time to time, which are a bit of an irritation, but nothing else.

      I have genital herpes, in my case it is caused by the virus hsv-1, which normally causes cold sores on the mouth. I get outbreaks, they go. It requires no treatment. I have not found that antivirals make any difference to the severity of outbreaks (mine are very mild anyway). Since a herpes outbreak is no worse than having an ingrown hair, I don't really see the point in taking meds for it. Since your friend does not have outbreaks, there would be no point at all in him taking medication.

  8. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to experience a herpes outbreak?
    Back in March I was diagnosed with Type II of the Herpes virus. When I told my fiance, he stated that he had never experienced an outbreak in his life...which I can see it being true given that there hasn't been anything visable during the time that we've been together (1 year and 5 months). However, since I've been with him, we haven't been using protection. Therefore, is it possible that he he may be carrying the virus and not know it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well I would like u to read from this link http://www.globusz.com/ebooks/Skin/00000019.htm and info below that and check out links at bottom of page Ciao ♥
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      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      Check out these links if your REALLY serious..
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm

      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  9. QUESTION:
    percautions that are need to live with someone with genetal herpes?
    My roomate has genetal herpes what are some percautions that i need to take so i wont get infected?

    • ANSWER:
      The article below from the National Institutes of Health should give you some idea, especially under prevention. Another question you may want to know is how long herpes can live on a surface. I haven't been able to find it. You may want to check out http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_overview.cfm as well as the article below:

      October 2005

      Genital Herpes
      OVERVIEW
      Genital herpes is an infection of the genitals, buttocks, or anal area caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV.
      HSV type 1 most commonly infects the mouth and lips, causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores. It is also an important cause of sores to the genitals.
      HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes, but it also can infect the mouth.
      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 5 American teenagers and adults is infected with HSV-2. Women are more commonly infected than men. In the United States, 1 out of 4 women is infected with HSV-2.

      Since the late 1970s, the number of people with genital herpes infection has increased 30 percent nationwide. The largest increase has been among teens and young adults.

      TRANSMISSION
      If you have genital herpes infection, you can easily pass or transmit the virus to an uninfected partner during sex.

      Most people get genital herpes by having sex with someone who is shedding the herpes virus either during an outbreak or during a period with no symptoms. People who do not know they have herpes play an important role in transmission.

      You can transmit herpes through close contact other than sexual intercourse, through oral sex or close skin-to-skin contact, for example.

      The virus is spread rarely, if at all, by objects such as a toilet seat or hot tub.

      Reduce your risk of spreading herpes

      People with herpes should follow a few simple steps to avoid spreading the infection to other places on their body or other people.

      Avoid touching the infected area during an outbreak, and wash your hands after contact with the area.
      Do not have sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) from the time of first genital symptoms until symptoms are completely gone.
      TREATMENT
      Although there is no cure for genital herpes, your health care provider might prescribe an antiviral medicine to treat your symptoms and to help prevent future outbreaks. This can decrease the risk of passing herpes to sexual partners. Medicines to treat genital herpes are

      Acyclovir (Zovirax)
      Famciclovir (Famvir)
      Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
      SYMPTOMS
      Symptoms of herpes are called outbreaks. The first outbreak appears within 2 weeks after you become infected and can last for several weeks. These symptoms might include tingling or sores near the area where the virus has entered the body, such as on the genital or rectal area, on buttocks or thighs, or occasionally on other parts of the body where the virus has entered through broken skin. They also can occur inside the vagina and on the cervix in women, or in the urinary passage of women and men. Small red bumps appear first, develop into small blisters, and then become itchy, painful sores that might develop a crust and will heal without leaving a scar.

      Sometimes, there is a crack or raw area or some redness without pain, itching, or tingling.

      Other symptoms that may accompany the first (and less often future) outbreak of genital herpes are fever, headache, muscle aches, painful or difficult urination, vaginal discharge, and swollen glands in the groin area.

      Often, though, people don’t recognize their first or subsequent outbreaks. People who have mild or no symptoms at all may not think they are infected with herpes. They can still transmit the virus to others, however.

      Recurrence of herpes outbreaks

      In most people, the virus can become active and cause outbreaks several times a year. This is called a recurrence, and infected people can have symptoms. HSV remains in certain nerve cells of your body for life. When the virus is triggered to be active, it travels along the nerves to your skin. There, it makes more virus and sometimes new sores near the site of the first outbreak.

      Recurrences are generally much milder than the first outbreak of genital herpes. HSV-2 genital infection is more likely to result in recurrences than HSV-1 genital infection. Recurrences become less common over time.

      Symptoms from recurrences might include itching, tingling, vaginal discharge, and a burning feeling or pain in the genital or anal area. Sores may be present during a recurrence, but sometimes they are small and easily overlooked.

      Sometimes, the virus can become active but not cause any visible sores or any symptoms. During these times, small amounts of the virus may be shed at or near places of the first infection, in fluids from the mouth, penis, or vagina, or from barely noticeable sores. This is called asymptomatic (without symptoms) shedding. Even though you are not aware of the shedding, you can infect a sexual partner during this time. Asymptomatic shedding is an important factor in the spread of herpes.

      DIAGNOSIS
      Your health care provider can diagnose typical genital herpes by looking at the sores. Some cases, however, are more difficult to diagnose.

      The virus sometimes, but not always, can be detected by a laboratory test called a culture. A culture is done when your health care provider uses a swab to get and study material from a suspected herpes sore. You may still have genital herpes, however, even if your culture is negative (which means it does not show HSV).

      A blood test cannot show whether you are having a herpes outbreak, but it can show if you are infected with HSV. Newer blood tests, called type-specific tests, can tell whether you are infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2. Blood tests cannot tell between genital and other herpes infections. Health experts assume, however, that if you are positive for HSV-2, you have had genital infection.

      Coping with herpes

      A diagnosis of genital herpes can have emotional effects whether or not symptoms are present. If you have genital herpes, you are probably concerned about the effect of your disease on personal relationships. In addition, your sexual partner may be concerned about their risk of infection. Proper counseling and treatment can help you and your partner learn to cope with the disease.

      PREVENTION
      Because herpes can be transmitted from someone who has no symptoms, using these precautions is not enough to prevent transmission. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved Valtrex for use in preventing transmission of genital herpes. It has to be taken continuously by the infected person, and while it significantly decreases the risk of the transmission of herpes, transmission can still occur.

      Do not have oral genital contact in the presence of any symptoms or findings of oral herpes.
      Using barriers such as condoms during sexual activity may decrease transmission, but transmission can occur even if condoms are used correctly. Condoms may not cover all infected areas.
      COMPLICATIONS
      Genital herpes infections usually do not cause serious health problems in healthy adults. In some people whose immune systems do not work properly, genital herpes outbreaks can be unusually severe and long lasting.

      Occasionally, people with normal immune systems can get herpes infection of the eye, called ocular herpes. Ocular herpes is usually caused by HSV-1 but sometimes by HSV-2. It can occasionally result in serious eye disease, including blindness.

      A woman with herpes who is pregnant can pass the infection to her baby. A baby born with herpes might die or have serious brain, skin, or eye problems. Pregnant women who have herpes, or whose sex partner has herpes should discuss the situation with her health care provider. Together they can make a plan to reduce her or her baby’s risk of getting infected. Babies who are born with herpes do better if the disease is recognized and treated early.

      Genital herpes, like other genital diseases that cause sores, is important in the spread of HIV infection.

      RESEARCH
      The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) supports research on genital herpes and HSV. Studies are currently underway to develop better treatments for the millions of people who suffer from genital herpes. While some scientists are carrying out clinical trials to determine the best way to use existing medicines, others are studying the biology of HSV. NIAID scientists have identified certain genes and enzymes (proteins) that the virus needs to survive. They are hopeful that drugs aimed at disrupting these viral targets might lead to the design of more effective treatments.

      Meanwhile, other researchers are devising methods to control the virus’ spread. Two important means of preventing HSV infection are vaccines and topical microbicides.

      Several different vaccines are in various stages of development. These include vaccines made from proteins on the HSV cell surface, peptides or chains of amino acids, and the DNA of the virus itself. NIAID and GlaxoSmithKline are supporting a large clinical trial in women of an experimental vaccine that may help prevent transmission of genital herpes. The trial is being conducted at more than 35 sites nationwide. For more information, click here Herpevac Trial for Women or go to herpesvaccine.nih.gov.

      Topical microbicides, preparations containing microbe-killing compounds, are also in various stages of development and testing. These include gels, creams, or lotions that a woman could insert into the vagina prior to intercourse to prevent infection.

      An NIAID-supported clinical trial demonstrated that once-daily suppressive therapy using valacyclovir significantly reduces risk of transmission of genital herpes to an uninfected partner. This is the first time an antiviral medication had been shown to reduce the risk of transmission of an STI. This strategy may contribute to preventing the spread of genital herpes.

      MORE INFORMATION
      National Library of Medicine
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      The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
      409 12th Street, S.W.
      P.O. Box 96920
      Washington, DC 20090-6920
      202-863-2518
      http://www.acog.org

      National Herpes Resource Center and Hotline
      American Social Health Association
      P.O. Box 13827
      Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-9940
      919-361-8488 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday)
      http://www.ashastd.org/hrc/index.html

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      News releases, fact sheets and other NIAID-related materials are available on the NIAID Web site at http://www.niaid.nih.gov.

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      PS: Just to be extra safe you may want to wash your clothes separately. If this isn't possible use hot water. You might even want to use a hot water with bleach empty load to be safe or wash washer with 70% alcohol. DO NOT mix alcohol and bleach though! This will make very toxic acid (HCl)
      I don't know if it's necessary but you will feel safer. I lived in communal housing where everyone's clothes were washed together. At least one girl had herpes and I never got it. But then the nun running it was generous with hot water and chlorox bleach. But, bleach can cause allergies to your skin, so better to put it to clean the washer than your clothes.

      Clean shower floor well, maybe with 70% alcohol OR bleach solution (if you want). Rinse bleach off well. Same for a tub bath. Just running water can mechanically remove viruses and bacteria. So, at the very least turn on shower for a few minutes with hot water before you get in.

      If you do use bleach, be sure and have windows open and vent! Too much bleach is far more dangerous than herpes!

  10. QUESTION:
    What kind of STDs do you get when recieving oral?
    Well I know herpes is one of them, but are there any other STDs besides herpes? Is herpes the only one? Please help me out here, & I'm a girl obviously so I need to know what kind of STDs are transmitted through cunnilingus. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi simple answer when receiving oral ,a host of std's BUT mainly Herpes read below to make yourself more aware OK

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  11. QUESTION:
    can you get herpes on the mouth after oral sex on an infected partner with genital herpes?
    So wud that be herpes 2 on the mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello YES as herpes is virulant and easily caught especially if oral sex on infected partner OK ♥
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  12. QUESTION:
    Can I get herpes by touching my partner?
    My partner has herpes outbreaks near the base of his penis. He is also on suppressive medication. Is it possible for me to get herpes on my hand if I touch his penis even when he isn't having an outbreak?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well not likely unless he has weeping outbreak and u touched fluids even then unless u had open cuts chances are remote by hand ,read below OK

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  13. QUESTION:
    Is hand wash a good substitute of soap to wash herpes?
    Is it? I was wondering if hand wash is still good enough to clean the herpes away?

    • ANSWER:
      What the heck?!

      You can't wash away herpes. If you are infected, you're infected. You have it for life. The virus will end up establishing a latent infection in one of your nerve cells.

      (This is true for both HSV-1 and HSV-2, the oral herpes and genital herpes viruses respectively.)

      There is no treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.

      Another way, (which is substantiated through a recent study published in the journal PLoS ONE) has to do with boosting your immune system and helping it to actually become much stronger than the virus.

  14. QUESTION:
    Stomatitus My nephew is freaking out that he has herpes. He keeps saying oh this is gonna be a life Changer?
    He keeps saying oh this is gonna be a life Changer? A few questions. 1. What is it? Is it actually like the sexual Disease or is it a Canvur soar. 2.How long does it last and is it life long? 3. How contageous is it? We are looking for info and he is freaking my parents out with all types of information. You know grandparents. Thanks A lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes comes in two "types." HSV-1 (oral herpes) and HSV-2 (genital herpes)

      #1-Herpes Simplex Virus-1 is Oral Herpes--or usually called "cold sores" or "fever blisters." About 80% of the US population has it, 56% of teens do, and by age 50, about 90% of the population is infected. Most people get it as babies when a relative with the virus kisses them, or in nursery school/kindergarten/elementary school by sharing toys, foods, drinks with others who are infected, or in high school/college by kissing others, sharing drinks, etc. While oral herpes generally affects the mouth, it can be transmitted to the genitals during oral sex. In fact, the largest increase in herpes cases today is from teens performing oral sex.

      #2-The second type is Herpes Simplex Virus-2, which affects the genitals. While it can be spread to the mouth during oral sex, it is rare because the virus prefers the genital area.

      Both oral and genital herpes are contagious and can be transmitted simply by skin-on-skin contact with the lips or anywhere in the "boxer area." Additionally, the virus "sheds," an invisible process that occurs with no visible sores but still can infect others.

      Like most viruses, there is no cure, but there is treatment. Once you are infected the virus remains in the body, where it will occasionally surface causing sores (called "outbreaks). You can suppress the virus with anti-viral meds, such as Valtrex (VERY expensive!) or acyclovir (about for a month's supply). Herpes outbreaks generally last between 5-10 days and can be very painful if they affect the genitals. Primary outbreaks of either type are generally the worst and often require medical treatment.

      Also, there are MANY people who are infected but never show any symptoms ("asymptomatic"). Many cases can be traced to someone who was infected but did not know it.

      Testing for herpes includes taking a viral culture of the actual sores within 24-48 hours of the outbreak. After that point, an IgG type-specific blood test will be given. Because everyone's immune system is different, it can take up to 4 months for a reliable test result that shows you have antibodies for the virus, indicating that you are infected with herpes. Antibodies can show up anywhere between 2 weeks-4 months. In some cases, it has taken 6 months for the antibodies to occur.

      Having herpes is a life changer, because there is always a risk that you will transmit the virus to others. For that reason, it can put a damper on sexual spontaneity. Further, because people generally don't realize it really ISN'T a big deal, those with herpes are inclined to be rejected once their herpes status is known. Herpes also requires attention during childbirth, since untreated Moms can infect the baby if an outbreak occurs during the time she gives birth.

      Having said that, there are married couples with one spouse who has herpes, and the other still does not--after 15+ years of marriage! There are many who are dating, others engaged to, others living with partners who remain herpes negative after long periods of time.

      Your nephew might want to check out the source below for REAL information on herpes by medical experts on the topic. This is NOT spam--it's from the noted Westover Heights (STD) Clinic. Just open the "View Chapters" link and you can read all you want--it's free--as is the pdf download.

      There's also a large community of folks with herpes out there on the second source--Shut Up and Post (created and monitored by "Yoshi"). Your nephew can ANONYMOUSLY communicate with those who have been infected a long time--as well as medical and scientific experts. There is NOTHING he can ask that they won't have an answer for--including questions on dating and "the telling"!

      Time to get educated!

      Hope this helps!

  15. QUESTION:
    What if a person has herpes but no sores around their mouth can they still infect you when giving oral sex?

    thanks tim, that was a really good answer and if thats true (and i hope it is) then you just made my life a whole lot less stressfull.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well for a start Tim and his Dr is WRONG I work in industry being Nurse and he is so wrong it's not funny and probably giving his patients the wrong info jeez it annoys me when ppl don't do proper research then when it all goes pear shaped expect folks here to come up with diagnosis when u really need medical advice from professionals ♥
      *********************************************************************
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part.
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  16. QUESTION:
    if i have a cold sore and give oral sex can i give them genital herpes?
    it might sound stupid but can i give some one genital herpes with just a cold sore?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi simple answer YES the odds are very high they will contract Genital Herpes 2 read below and check out links OK
      *******************************
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.yourstdhelp.com/crabs.html
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  17. QUESTION:
    Sometimes when my girlfriend gives me oral sex she gets a cold sore several days later. Should I get tested?
    Should I get tested for gential herpes? We have been going together for two years an she has had 3 out breaks on her mouth. I have never had an outbreak. Also can I get mouth herpes from her?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi read below to make yourself more aware of this infection ♥

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of herpes breakout on your lips?
    also do i go 2 the doctor? what meds are there? anything else helpful?

    • ANSWER:
      Oral herpes (cold sores) cause visible sores to appear on your lips. 98% of American's have HSV-1 oral herpes, so its quite common. Since it is a virus it's incurable, treatment options include an antiviral medication such as Valtrex. It's more commonly used for genital herpes but i know people who have oral herpes use it also. You could also use Abreva, it's an ointment that speeds up the cold sore healing process. Feel free to email me if you have anymore questions. I dont have oral herpes but my boyfriend does, and i have genital herpes.
      Hope this helps! Good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    can herpes lie dorment in your body and symtoms will show up years later?
    My partner recently got white spots in her mouth and in her female part. We have been together for four years and i cant figure out how she has them and i dont dont have them. The doctor is running tests but she seems to think it is herpes...

    • ANSWER:
      Yes herpes or genital herpes can lie dormant for years.
      The outbreak occur when the immune system is down.
      Triggers might be by stress, sunburn, fever …
      The late manifestations may include flu like symptoms such as fever, headache, chills and swelling and enlargement of the lymph nodes in the body.

      Genital herpes is a STD - viral infection. You may not know, but genital herpes are caused by a virus called Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 or HSV-2. This virus is a STD and it means that it is transmitted to another person through sexual contact.
      The similar is HSV type 1, but this type of virus usually infects area around the mouth and demonstrates itself as a ‘cold sores’.
      Because HSV-1 and HSV-2 belong to same category of herpes, you should avoid having an oral sex when you have a cold sores, because you can infect your partner with herpes type 2.
      You can become infected only during the herpes outbreak while having sex or by kissing (exchanging bodily fluid).

      You might not know who is infected. You might not know even if YOU have it, until outbreak develop!One thing that makes genital herpes easily transmitted is the fact that most people do not know that they are the carriers. Yes, genital herpes is asymptomatic most of the time.

      Symptoms may appear for a few days then it can go away.
      The most common physical manifestation is, itching, painful sores and blisters in the genital area.
      These symptoms appear in the early stage of the disease however, when genital herpes progresses, more severe symptoms appear.

      There is genital herpes treatment, but NO CURE.
      Since it is a viral infection, there is no specific herpes cure for it.

      The treatment approach for genital herpes is symptomatic and not cure directed.
      Herpes may not appear for years again, it depend on the severity of the disease.

      Hate to break the news to you, but you are most probably infected as well, you just not know about it. Genital herpes is one of the most common sexual transmitted diseases.

      Unfortunately, the bad news is that, once you are infected by herpes virus, it will stay in your nervous system for rest of your life.

  20. QUESTION:
    If you got a cold sore does that mean you have herpes for life?
    or is a cold sore a type of herpes that goes away forever after a couples of day?

    Only asking because the comedy TV show "the office" made a whole episode about it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi look read below then u will be more informed OK ♥
      *********************
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.yourstdhelp.com/crabs.html
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  21. QUESTION:
    Can herpes spread in a swimming pool?
    I Have decided to join swimming classes.But i fear that if any person infected with herpes was already in that swimming pool then i also might get infected.Is this possible?Please suggest some measures to safeguard myself if there is any chance of being infected.Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      NO, Herpes HSV-1 and HSV-2 are both transmitted or spread the following ways only..

      "Genital Herpes is spread through sexual contact with a person that has an infection. It does not matter whether the infected person has an outbreak, or is receiving treatment: The virus can be spread even if it not causing symptoms at the time." - stdhelp

      Because you are in a pool, the fluid of the pool would not carry the virus from one individual to another.

      Stay safe, and Great Question
      -The information was received from stdhelp.org a private support community for individuals affected by std's. I suggest you go there for more information.

  22. QUESTION:
    I went to the dentist yesterday and woke up with a cold sore?
    Is it possible that the dentist's tools weren't sanitized properly and I got infected?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      Cold sores are Herpes Simplex I. It is a viral disease you likely contracted somewhere along the way, possibly many many years ago. It's very common (estimated 90% of US population has been exposed) and don't freak out, you don't have genital herpes... it's a different strain of the virus. Once you have HSV 1 you always have it. If you've ever had a cold sore before then this was not your first exposure to the disease.

      HSV I lives in the sheath of the nerves and will remain dormant for long periods of time. It is activated when irritated. Common triggers are colds or flus, high consumption of citrus, acidic stomach, sunlight exposure, stress and tissue trauma.

      Most likely the tissue trauma of the procedure instigated a break-out or you may have been stressed and scared visiting the dentist. Even if the dentist didn't clean his instruments (honestly, that is extremely rare in this country) and they were teeming with HSV you wouldn't experience an initial outbreak that quickly. Most primary infections are asymptomatic.

      I have cold sores and having facials done at the spa or dental work can inspire an outbreak. To prevent it when I have work done I take Zovirax the day of and the day after treatment. It is a prescription drug, just tell your physician you get cold sores and he'll write you an Rx.

      There are some things you should be aware of if you get cold sores. The are contagious. Primarily in the weeping stage. They can be transmitted to the genitals and the eyes. Wash your hands regularly while you have the cold sore. Below is a good link for information on HSV 1.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cold-sore/DS00358/DSECTION=1

      Good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    I licked out five girls a few days back, what should I have done to protect against STI infection?
    I've heard of dental dams to protect against infection during oral. Are they effective?
    I'm a teenager by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well 5 girls in a week ,u must live near a girls dorm LOL BUT in reality go figure u ask AFTER the fact (as if u ever did) read below to inform urself.....PLUS seems u have no problems in passing on any diseases ,not to mention collecting all types on ur quest for whatever YES? ♥
      ***********************************************
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.yourstdhelp.com/crabs.html
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  24. QUESTION:
    Is is possible fore someone who had herpes to be with someone who doesn't?
    My boyfriend just told me he has Herpes after being tested last month. I really love him. We have been together for a little over 2 years and I really can't picture my future with out him. I however am not infected. I know my chances are high. I'm not sure of the precautions I have to take to be with him? Please help with a little advice! Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi YES of course it's not as if it's life threatening just uncomfortable and with precautions and if he takes valtrex daily as a suppression regime and using protection the odds of u contracting it will be low Ciao ♥
      ______________________________

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I stop cold sores from developing?
    I had a cold last week so typically this morning I woke up with a cold sore :(
    Anyway whenever I get one, another always seems to follow a few days later, so how can I stop any more in their tracks before they arrive?

    • ANSWER:
      HI Marbles

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also, for long term health be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  26. QUESTION:
    How does a guy get stds from having oral sex with a girl?
    I mean how does this work, all i would do would be eat her out or finger her, maybe form eating her out but how.

    • ANSWER:
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part.
      Check out this link http://www.thefacts.com.au
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  27. QUESTION:
    What medical conditions cause genital lesions that resemble acne?
    What could genital lesions be that resemble acne in appearance and develop heads like acne does? Could it simply be acne without any more serious condition causing it? Are there any sores that develop from a STI or STD that resemble acne? How much should one worry about these lesions that are very few, only occasionally painful, never itchy and leave small scars?

    • ANSWER:
      Human Papilloma virus (HPV, aka genital warts) and Herpes Simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) are two STDs that can cause acne-like lesions on the genitalia. Visiting a physician as soon as possible for the proper evaulation and treatment is highly advised.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a cold sore?
    When I get stressed out, I tend to get a clutster of cold sores around my lips, they are little bumps, but I can feel them. When is the fastest ways to get rid of them. I also have been using carmex lip balm, but I need a faster solution.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Rose

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  29. QUESTION:
    How soon after getting infected would a cold sore appear?
    My boyfriend and i have been together for about a month and a half now... we broke up for a couple of days about 2 weeks ago but we are back together now. Call it women's intuition but i have this weird feeling that he cheated on me. He got a cold sore about a week ago but i kissed him anyway, now i have one, does that mean he got his while we were broken up?

    • ANSWER:
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part.
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/

      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  30. QUESTION:
    I am dating a new guy. How can I be sure he does not have herpes?
    I just met a guy and started dating him. I want to kiss him within the next few dates, but how do I know he is clean? If I don't see anything on or around his mouth, should I just go for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well read below then u will be more aware of how infectious this Std is BUT relying on partner to be honest is fraught with danger and unless u or partner have an outbreak then a blood test will be inconclusive OK ♥

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  31. QUESTION:
    Does simplex herpes show up on blood tests?
    And what is simplex herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, if that is what your doctor is testing for. There is a specific blood test that can test for both Herpes Simplex I, and Herpes Simplex 2. (Typically referred to in medical communities as HSV-1 and HSV-2). In response to the virus the body produces antibodies, the blood test checks for the presence of these antibodies. If the antibodies are present for HSV-1, then you've been exposed to and most likely carry that virus, the same for HSV-2.

      Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause genital sores, however HSV-2 is the virus genreally associated with HSV-2. HSV-1 causes cold sores around the mouth, but as a I stated, can cause sores on the genitalia.

      A doctor may recommend a culture of a sore when an outbreak occurs to double check the diagnoses, and help with treatment.

      So yes, there is a bloodtest, and it can differentiate between the two strains.

  32. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for genital herpes syndroms to appear?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well symptoms usually appear within 5 to 14 days approx after direct contact depending on your immune system, look below for more info Cheers ♥
      ******************************************************************************************
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  33. QUESTION:
    Question about Herpes Drug and precautions to take with HSV-1?
    My doctor diagnosed me with having HSV-1 and she gave me Acylovir to take. Do I have to take this for the rest of my life? I heard you can't because it can damage your kidneys if you use it all the time. My other question is if anyone that has HSV-1 can tell me what kind of precautions to take other than having protected sex that would be helpful. Like as far as not sharing drinks with people, etc. If anyone can help me that would be great! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      No you don't have to take acyclovir the rest of your life unless you have sever break outs then you may want to take it while you have a break out. if you're taking it regularly over long periods of time taking it antiviral medication can cause some damage toy our kidneys. There are topical ointments you can use to help heal a cold sore faster.
      If it's on your mouth (HSV1 can also affect the genitals) then you should abstain from giving oral sex when you have a break out. Even though it's a low risk of passing herpes through sharing drinks, don't do so when you have any signs of a break out, also don't kiss any one (specially children) when you have a cold sore. There is also lysine which is a more natural treatment but you have to take a lot of it.

  34. QUESTION:
    When you have a cold sore, does it mean you automatically have herpes?
    Well not automatically, but you get what I mean.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you do not have genital herpes, but you do have a type of herpes and you can catch or pass on genital herpes if you "mess around" during a cold sore outbreak. Read info and check out the details on the resource site. It is very common and generally nothing serious.

      Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types can cause lip and mouth sores and genital herpes.

      The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. It is usually spread when a person touches a cold sore or touches infected fluid-such as from sharing eating utensils or razors, kissing an infected person, or touching that person's saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way. Cold sores can also be spread to other areas of the body.

      Obviously, avoid sexual contact and kissing during either type of outbreak. The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores cannot be cured. After you get infected, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life. If you get cold sores often, treatment can reduce the number of cold sores you get and how severe they are.

      Treatments are available if needed. The "fever blister" variety, or cold sores, usually begin to clear up on their own in a couple days. But sometimes they are painful OR embarrassing and treatment can speed it up or ease any discomfort. Check out the ink in resources for in depth details.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have two cold sores on your lip?
    I was tanning for the day and the next day I go sunburnded on my lips and it hurt a lot. So than the next day I woke up to two cold sores. I think that they are. They hurt a lot and I had them for 4 days now. And tonight I can't sleep cause my body doesn't feel right. I feel very weak. I put this cream I side my lip cause thats were the pain is and now I feel really weak all of a sudden. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). This virus is passed from person to person by saliva (either directly, or by drinking from the same glass or cup) or by skin contact. Cold sores usually appear as clusters of tiny blisters on the lip.

      After this first infection, the virus remains dormant (inactive) in the nerves of the face. In some people, the virus becomes active again from time to time. When this happens, cold sores appear. HSV-1 can get active again because of a cold or fever.

      Stress also can lead to a cold sore outbreak. This includes mental and emotional stress, as well as dental treatment, illness, trauma to the lips or sun exposure. HSV-1 also can infect the eyes, the skin of the fingers and the genitals. Most genital herpes infections are caused by herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2), however.

      HSV-1 can cause serious illness in people who have other health problems. The virus also can cause serious illness in people whose immune systems are weakened by either illness or medicines they are taking.

      Symptoms
      People infected with HSV-1 for the first time may have fever, headache, nausea and vomiting. They may have painful swelling and open sores in the mouth. Some people have a sore throat. These symptoms usually begin about a week after someone is exposed to HSV-1.

      Cold sores appear when HSV-1 is reactivated later in life. They may occur after a period of illness or stress, poor nutrition or sunlight exposure. Sometimes there's no known reason. Dental procedures that stretch the lip may occasionally trigger the virus.

      The border of the lip is the most common place that these sores appear. They may occasionally occur inside the mouth, too. This is more likely in people who have weakened immune systems or

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the chances I gave my bf herpes?!?
    I recently got fever blisters (herpes virus-1) on my upper lip from sun exposure. My boyfriend and I had sex a couple of days later and there was oral contact. What are the chances I have given him, and in turn myself, genital herpes??

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well unless ur b/f performed oral sex after coming in contact with fluid from ur lip sores then not likely ok read below cheers ♥
      __________________________________________________
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part. ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  37. QUESTION:
    When and how do you let your husband know if you have herpes?
    Do you let him know upfront when you first started dating? Before your 1st kiss? Before being intimate with each other? Or after he says "I do?'
    It's not for me. My friend was wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking about genital herpes...NOT telling your potential husband could actually land you with a lawsuit or worse.

      Letting a potential partner know that you are infected beforehand might be hard...but it is the correct and honest thing to do. This shows your partner that you have respect for him/her. It shows you respect his/her health etc. and it gives him/her a choice as to whether to be in a relationship with you or not.

      One good thing to do is to offer information that shows that being with a partner that is infected with herpes is not the end of the world. While there is no treatment that can cure herpes, there are antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.

      It should also be remembered that all herpes viruses establish a latent (dormant) infection that lasts a lifetime. Boosting the immune system in order to reduce the numbers of latent virus in the system is essential to lessening the risk of outbreaks for both oral and genital herpes.

      To learn more about an all-natural herpes remedy that boosts the immune system against the latent herpes virus, click the link below:

      http://gene-eden-kill-virus.com/HSV.php

  38. QUESTION:
    Can you get a staph infection on the outside of your gential area?
    i've been having these reocurring small like sores that itch sometimes, but only like one at a time...my ob dr said it looked like a staph infection. but he didnt recommend anything for me, the one i showed him went away 2mnths ago but now i have another sore again and it is bothersome for about 3 weeks now...could this be a staph infection?

    • ANSWER:
      First, get another doctor!!! Any doctor that looks at a sore on your genital area and recommends nothing for clearing it up is not helping. If it looked like a staph infection, he should have given you some type of antibiotic, at least I would think!!!

      Forgive me, but is it possible you could have Herpes? Have you been tested? Have your OB or even PCP, test you for HSV-2. I don't know all of the signs and symptoms but I do know that you can get sporadic outbreaks, and it doesn't have to be alot. You can get 1 bump as an outbreak.

      Or could it be a boil? Boils I believe are caused by a staph infection. However, your doctor should have done some type of treatment. Lanced it or given you some type of antibiotic to help speed healing. Or maybe he should have suggested that you take extra warm epson salt baths to help with bringing the boil to a "head" so that it will express on its own. Anything that will give you relief.

      A boil can be VERY PAINFUL!! Go back to the doctor and have them do something. Anything that is in the groin area is dangerous! Your vaginal health is important!

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between acute, latent and chronic pathogens?

    • ANSWER:
      Thu,
      Acute pathogens is street slang for full blown AIDS… however, to continue! A pathogen is defined as any disease-producing agent, especially a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism. Acute refers to a rapid onset, as in acute infection, a short course. An acute pathogen causes a disease characterized by a relatively sudden onset of symptoms that are usually severe. An episode of acute disease results in recovery to a state comparable to the patient's condition of health and activity before the disease. Latent is the same as dormant. Lying and awaiting reactivation. An example would be the herpes simplex virus. HSV-1 usually establishes latency in the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. From there, it tends to recur on the lower lip or face. HSV-2 usually sets up residence in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine. From there, it recurs in the genital area. With regard to a chronic pathogen, here we are looking at a pathogen that causes a chronic disease. A number of chronic diseases have now been linked, in some cases definitively, to an infectious etiology, these include - peptic ulcer disease with Helicobacter pylori, cervical cancer with several human papillomaviruses, Whipple’s disease with Tropheryma whipplei, Lyme arthritis and neuroborreliosis with Borrelia burgdorferi. Good luck with your test/exam!

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  40. QUESTION:
    What can you do to reduce the pain from HSV-2 sores?
    I'm talking about genital herpes
    Ibuprofen has not helped me at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Beef up your immune system. Experts do not know exactly what causes the herpes virus to lie dormant for long periods and then abruptly awake to create havoc. But many think that a weakened immune system, like a drunken sheriff in an old western town, invites the little bandits to return. However strong this connection may be, it would be wise for you to keep your immune system sober and armed with a well-rounded diet, lots of rest and relaxation, and regular exercise.

      Use soap and water. Your inclination upon discovering sores on your genitals may be bombard them with everything in your medicine cabinet. Dont. As with any sores, you do need to be concerned about developing a secondary (bacterial) infection, but soap and water is all you need or want to keep the are germ-free. You wont kill the virus with anything in your medicine cabinet anyway, and lots of thing in there may make matters worse. Acyclovir is the ONLY medication that has been shown to have clear benefits for people with herpes.

      Steer clear of ointments. Genital sores need lots of air to heal. Petroleum jelly and antibiotic ointments can block this air and slow the healing process. Never use a cortisone cream, which can inhibit your immune system and actually encourage the virus to grow.

      Warm the discomfort away. During your primary attack or bad secondary attacks, taking a bath or shower to get warm water over the genital area three or four times a day may prove soothing. (it does to most people, but some find they dont like it). When you get out of the shower or bath, blow the genital area dry with a hair dryer set on low or cool, being careful not to burn yourself. The air from the dryer will also prove soothing and may possibly speed up the healing process by helping the sores dry out.

      Apply Castor Oil packs to your abdomen? Why? Because a strong immune system cann keep the herpes virus from acting up, and castor oil packs fortify your immune system.
      For maximium beefing-up of your immune system, start with 1 cup of castor oil, with which you thoroughly soak two thicknesses of flannel cloth. Place the saturated cloth on top of your tummy, and cover with plastic. Over the plastic, apply a heating pad, set as high as is comfortable, and leave it on for 1 hour. Initially, do this once a day, every day for a month> Continue the treatments three times a week, increasing use of the packs during a herpes attack.

      Consider these supplements. Some people and even some doctors say that such things as zinc in ointment for or capsules, the amino acid lysine, or the food-additive butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) taken as a supplement, can fight off herpes attacks. But despite spotty studies on their effectiveness, these are unproven remedies, according to the vast majority of doctors. If you decide to try any of these, know that high dosages may be dangerous and should only be taken under a doctors supervision.

      I hope these tips helped

      PS. If you have any questions regarding your condition, help is available. A.S.H.A. runs two hotlines that offer free advice to people with herpes. Call the herpes hotline at (415) 328-7710, Monday through Friday, 12:|| to 4:30 pm (pacific tiem); or the STD Hotline at 1-800-227-8922. Monday through friday, 5:00 am to 8:00 pm (pacific time)

  41. QUESTION:
    What's a cold sore, does it have to be a blisters?
    I read that a. Cold sore starts as a blister and then bursts and turns in to dry skin. But I don't have that, I just get dry patch of skin in one spot of mouth, and it's really uncomfortable and annoying, Is it a cold sore??

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores are a viral disease caused by the type 1 strain of herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). The virus presents itself as painful blisters containing infectious virus particles. The first outbreak is usually the worst and can last for weeks. Then the virus will go into remission. Subsequent outbreaks tend to be milder in nature and as years pass, they can become less frequent.

      If you want a really quick treatment for cold sores, try Trilex. Its a herbal treatment that you take orally.

      http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/genital-oral-herpes-relief-p92.cfm

  42. QUESTION:
    What would you tell your partner?
    I was just diagnosed with genital herpes and my partner does not believe that he spread them to me through his cold sore. What should I do to help explain that he passed it, without coming across pointing a finger?

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

      anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    Is pins and needles in your lips during sleep a symptom of something?

    no sign of sores on lips!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a sign of a cold sore. Go and see your doctor they will know more about your condition and circumstances.
      In the mean time here is some info on Cold sores.

      Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which also causes genital herpes. The strain that causes cold sores around the mouth is called Type 1 (HSV-1).
      Herpes simplex viruses are highly contagious. Around 80% of the UK population carry the herpes simplex viruses, but for the majority of the time they lie dormant (inactive) in the nerves at the junction of skin and mucous membranes. Every now and then in some people, dormant viruses become active and cause cold sores.
      Around 1 in 5 people in the UK have frequently recurring cold sores. Others will have one but then never have another. Some people never get them, either because they do not have the virus or because it never becomes active.

      The most common treatment for cold sores is the drug aciclovir. It stops the virus from reproducing by interfering with its DNA.
      Aciclovir is available as a cream for the treatment of cold sores on the lips. The cream should be applied 5 times a day for 5 days. Aciclovir can also be taken by mouth in tablet form (for recurrent, severe attacks). Another drug called valacyclovir is also sometimes prescribed as tablets.
      Balm mint extract and tea tree oil may also help with pain and itching.
      Treat any pain by taking paracetamol or applying witch hazel to the sore. A topical (applied to the skin) anaesthetic may be prescribed by your doctor. See your pharmacist for advice on pain relief.
      Don't pick cold sores because this may spread the virus to other parts of the body, or allow the sore to become infected.
      Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated, and avoid salty, spicy or acidic foods and drinks, which may irritate the sore. Eating soft foods such as soup may be less painful, as there is less need to chew and move the mouth.

  44. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of a cold sore and how do you get it?
    i need to know because my friend shes freaking out!

    • ANSWER:
      A cold sore is cause by a virus called Herpes Simplex virus (HSV-1). There is also another herpes virus, HSV-2 that causes genital herpes. The virus lives in the trigeminal nerve that extends from your brain out along to your lips. When you are run down or stressed, or have a cold, or are menstruating, the virus is reactivated, and presents as a 'cold sore'. The cold sores are infectious and any fluid leaking from them will contain millions of virus particles that can infect another person. The cold sores generally clear up without treatment in 7-10 days. They can be treated with lidocaine or benzyl alcohol (Zilactin) to relieve the sensation, but they do not help it go away. An antiviral medication may shorten the time that cold sores are on your lip but they must be started early (when you get that tingly feeling before the cold sore comes out). Avoid spreading the virus - do not kiss or share utensils when you have the cold sores present. There is no way to get rid of them - try to avoid anything that may reactivate the virus such as those I wrote about above. In my practice, I have found that L-Lysine can significantly shorten/prevent the eruption of cold sores. L-Lysine can be bought in any large grocery store/ health food store next to the vitamins. Take one/day when you feel the tingling coming on and continue for 7 days - let me know if this treatment works for you - I know many people who have stopped cold sores erupting by taking L-Lysine like this! Good luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    If a common wart does spread to the vagina area or the pervix where the hair is located at?
    would it be considered a common wart or a gential wart?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure if I know what the "pervix" is...unless you mean cervix, but, if you have a what in THAT region, on the exterior, I would suggest seeing your family physician and have him remove it. Genital Warts (also known as Condyloma acuminatum, or Verruca acuminata) are usually caused by a virus called HPV or Human Papilloma Virus, and IS an STD, and can be very infectious.Verruca vulgaris is the name for the "common" wart, and though they, too, can be contagious, they are also known to disappear at times without treatment, though treatment is usually advised (for cosmetic reasons).

      Just like "Herpes (the Genital version)" is related to "the Chicken Pox"...ie, they are BOTH of the VARICELLA strain, one is varicella zoster (which also can cause a conditional known as "Shingles or VSV (varicella shingles virus)", Genital Herpes is HSV-2, whereas Cold Sores are usually HSV-1.

      This may all seem like GREEK to you, so REALLY go to your family doctor, and have it removed. Good luck, and blessings.

  46. QUESTION:
    I've just found out recently that i have contracted cold sores, am i still able to perform oral sex?
    is it possible for me to pass on my herpes virus without a sore present.

    • ANSWER:
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  47. QUESTION:
    how long does it take for a cold sore to go away?
    I woke up today with a little red lump on the top on my lip, i thought it was a spot, but it hurt when i touched it, and started to tingle. Knowing that I know how a cold sore, it would be extremally helpfull to know how long it could take to go down.
    People say it never goes away, but I don't believe that, especially coming form the people who have never experianced having one.

    • ANSWER:
      What causes them?
      They're usually caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) through close contact with someone who has a cold sore. Sometimes cold sores are caused by herpes virus type 2 (HSV-2) as a result of having oral sex with someone who has genital herpes.

      You can't catch cold sores from cups, flannels or towels.

      Common triggers

      Illnesses, such as colds and flu
      Menstrual periods
      Emotional upset
      Fatigue
      Bright sunlight
      Cold winds

      Infection usually occurs in childhood when someone's kissed by a family member who has a cold sore. The virus passes through the skin, travels up a nerve and hides in the nerve root until it's activated.

      When the virus is activated, it travels back to the skin, causing a tingling sensation. When the sore appears, it's itchy, painful and embarrassing because it's so noticeable.

      After the first attack, some people never have another one; others get them occasionally, while some get them quite often.

      Many things trigger attacks: colds and flu, menstrual periods, emotional upset, fatigue, bright sunlight and cold winds.

      How can I prevent them?
      Preventing recurrences involves avoiding those things known to trigger cold sores. So, make sure you always wear a lip balm containing UV protection and avoid sources of stress.

      Eating a healthy, balanced diet that's rich in vitamins A, C and E, zinc and iron is also important to keep the immune system strong. Make sure you get enough garlic, too; it has antiviral properties and can be taken fresh or in capsule form.

      Some people believe that the herb melissa, or lemon balm, is a good preventative. Make an infusion with some dried melissa leaves in boiling water, leave to cool, strain and store in a bottle. Apply it daily to the lips with cotton wool.

      What's the treatment?
      Many people know when a cold sore is on its way because they feel a tell-tale tingle. When this happens, applying a cream containing the drug aciclovir (available from chemists without prescription) may help to lessen the duration and severity of the attack.

      Any pain caused by a cold sore can be eased by applying a cold compress of witch hazel to the affected area or by taking paracetamol.

      It's important to always wash your hands after touching the cold sore and avoid putting your fingers near your eyes.

      This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks in January 2008

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  48. QUESTION:
    How did I get this cold sore?
    Ok I know what cold sores are caused by but it makes no sense for that to have caused the one I got. I've never even kissed a girl more than less had a girlfriend. So that eliminates that. I've heard that stress alone can cause it but not sure if that's true. Also, how on earth do I get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Stress doesn't transmit herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Better to call what you have a herpes lesion because colds don't cause sores just as fevers don't cause blisters. HSV-1 is in the blister fluid but also gets into saliva and is on the skin. And not everyone who carries HSV-1 shows symptoms (has outbreaks) therefore it can spread without a person even knowing they have it. And, if this isn't bad enough, the virus can also be transmitted between outbreaks due to viral shedding, although the risks are somewhat lower. So you could have picked this up in any one of a number of ways. Sharing a drink or food. A relative could've greeted you with a kiss and have transferred it with or without a visible lesion.

      You treat it by learning as much as you can about HSV-1, how the cycle goes, the stages of the lesion, how it's possible to transfer this virus to the genitals. There's even a form of herpes that attacks the fingers. Learn, learn, learn. Then see your doctor during an outbreak so the evidence is right there and get diagnosed. Your doctor can prescribe an antiviral (oral or topical) for use at the onset of an outbreak and you can use an OTC preparation, like Abreva. There's another, newer treatment that came out recently but I'm afraid I've forgotten the name of it. It may be on the shelves by now and would be with Abreva.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is Herpes Simplex A Dangerous Decease? What is the treatment?
    Is the sexually transmitted desease Herpes a dangerous one? what are the treatment and precautions one can take?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it isn't dangerous. Just can be a little irritating. It is exactly the same as cold sores on the mouth - my genital herpes is caused by exactly the same virus, and the symptoms are identical, just in a different place.

      There is no cure for herpes. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men have genital herpes - it is so mild in most people that 90% have no symptoms and do not know they are infected.

      50% of genital herpes is caused by the virus hsv-1 and 50% by hsv-2. Hsv-2 may casue slightyl more outbreaks when on the genitals - hsv-1 is the virus that causes 95% of cold sores. 8 in 10 adults have oral herpes (cold sores) - by age 50 that is about 95%.

      So by middle age 95% of us have herpes. Not a big deal.

      Condoms provide around 50% protection - but don't protect you from receiving it from oral sex if you are a woman, from a partnr who gets cold sores. That is how I caught it. Herpes is only infectious for a small percentage of the time - about 3-4% for hsv-1 and 15-16% for hsv-2. It can sometimes be infectious with no symptoms though.

  50. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of cold sore?
    My boyfriend has a cold sore and it has already broken open. Now his lip is swollen and he wants it to go down. What can he do to make the cold sore dry up and go away and make his lip go down to normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi HotMomma

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also, for long term health be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How harmful to the body is the herpes virus?
    My friend recently confessed she has herpes and it's shocked me because she has a perfectly normal social life and looks totally heathly. She says she has breakouts and didn't know she had it. I'm confused about the virus, I know it stays in the body for life but is it harmful? Does it simply stay in the body dorment apart from these breakouts or does it damage organs and tissue slowly over time?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi dear ,
      There are currently eight known types of Human Herpesvirus:
      Herpes simplex type I

      Herpes simplex type II

      Varicella-zoster virus (VZV/HHV-3)

      Epstein-Barr virus (EBV/HHV-4)

      Cytomegalovirus (CMV/HHV-5)

      Human herpesvirus type 6 (HBLV/HHV-6)

      Human herpesvirus type 7 (HHV-7)

      Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV/HHV-8
      Herpes simplex virus types I and II (HHV1 & 2)
      Primary infection occurs through a break in the mucus membranes of the mouth or throat, via the eye or genitals or directly via minor abrasions in the skin. Because of the universal distribution of the virus, most individuals are infected by 1-2 years of age; initial infection is usually asymptomatic, although there may be minor local vesicular lesions. Local multiplication is followed by viraemia and systemic infection; and subsequent life-long latent infection with periodic reactivation.

      Systemic infection, eg fever, sore throat, and lymphadenopathy may pass unnoticed. If immunocompromised it may be life-threatening with fever, lymphadenopathy, pneumonitis, and hepatitis.
      Gingivostomatitis: Ulcers filled with yellow slough appear in the mouth.
      Herpetic whitlow: A breach in the skin allows the virus to enter the finger, causing a vesicle to form. Often affects childrens' nurses.
      Traumatic herpes (herpes gladiatorum): Vesicles develop at any site where HSV is ground into the skin by brute force.
      Eczema herpeticum: HSV infection of eczematous skin; usually children.
      Herpes simplex meningitis: This is uncommon and usually self-limiting (typically HSV II in women during a primary attack) - see meningitis.
      Genital herpes: Usually HSV type 2 See genital herpes simplex
      HSV keratitis: Corneal dendritic ulcers. Avoid steroids.
      Herpes Simplex Encephalitis: Usually HSV type1. Spreads centripetally, eg from cranial nerve ganglia, to frontal and temporal lobes. Suspect if fever, fits, headaches, odd behaviour, dysphasia, hemiparesis, or coma or subacute brainstem encephalitis, meningitis, or myelitis; see HSV Encephalitis

      feel free to ask

  2. QUESTION:
    Can an oral HSV2 infection be spread to another person by kissing?
    HSV2 rarely ever effects the mouth. However, it is possible you can get HSV2 orally. Is it possible for HSV2 to be spread from the mouth to another person if they have oral HSV2 even without showing symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Under a microscope, HSV- 1 and 2 are virtually identical, sharing approximately 50% of their DNA. Both types infect the body's mucosal surfaces, usually the mouth or genitals, and then establish latency in the nervous system. For both types, at least two-thirds of infected people have no symptoms, or symptoms too mild to notice. However, both types can recur and spread even when no symptoms are present.

      The primary difference between the two viral types is in where they typically establish latency in the body- their "site of preference." HSV-1 usually establishes latency in the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. From there, it tends to recur on the lower lip or face. HSV-2 usually sets up residence in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine. From there, it recurs in the genital area .

      Even this difference is not absolute either type can reside in either or both parts of the body and infect oral and/or genital areas. Unfortunately, many people aren't aware of this, which contributes both to the spread of type 1 and to the misperception that the two types are fundamentally different.

      "People don't understand that you can have type 1 genitally or orally, that the two types are essentially the same virus,' says Marshall Clover, manager of the National Herpes Hotline." One type is associated with stigma, the other is "'just a cold sore"- our society has a euphemism for it so we don't even have to acknowledge that it's herpes.''

      The common myth is that HSV-1 causes a mild infection that is occasionally bothersome, but never dangerous. The reality? HSV-1 is usually mild, especially when it infects the lips, face, or genitals. However, in some cases type 1 can recur spontaneously in the eye, causing ocular herpes, a potentially serious infection which can lead to blindness. In very rare cases HSV- 1 can spread spontaneously to the brain, causing herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that can lead to death. HSV-1 is also the usual cause of herpes whitlow, an infection on the finger, and "wrestler's herpes," (herpes gladiatorum) a herpes infection on the chest or face.

      The range and potential severity of HSV-1 infections lead some experts to view the virus as more risky than usually perceived. "This is heresy, but I think type 1 is a more significant infection than type 2," says Spotswood Spruance, MD, an oral HSV specialist at the University of Utah. "Type 1, and the morbidity associated with it, are underestimated."

      By comparison, HSV-2 is widely believed to be a painful, dangerous infection that affects only people with very active sex lives. The reality? Some 22% of adult Americans from all backgrounds, income levels, and ethnic groups have HSV-2. Like HSV-1, type 2 is usually mild-so mild that two- thirds of infected people don't even know they have it. Type 2 rarely causes complications or spreads to other parts of the body. It is the most common cause of neonatal herpes, a rare but dangerous infection in newborns; however, type 1 causes up to one-third of neonatal infections.

      The two types do behave somewhat differently depending on whether they are residing in their site of preference-the mouth and face for HSV-1, and the genital area for HSV-2. But both types are quite common, and under most circumstances neither is a major health threat. That's one reason medical professionals tend to dismiss HSV -2 despite the emotional trauma a diagnosis can cause for a patient.

      While HSV can be a frustrating and painful condition for some people, in general the virus is less a medical problem than a social problem. For most of us, genital herpes is no more dangerous than a cold sore.

      How Many Outbreaks?
      Just how much of a physical problem HSV poses for a person depends largely on three factors. The first is how well the person's immune system is able to control the infection.

      Differences in immune response may be the main reason that some people are bothered by frequent cold sores or genital herpes outbreaks while others are not. It's also the reason that both HSV-1 and 2 can pose serious challenges for infants, who have a limited immune response; and for people with compromised immune systems, including people with cancer, AIDS, severe burns, and people taking immunosuppressant medications.

      The second factor affecting outbreaks is how long a person has had the infection. Over time, recurrences of both HSV- 1 and 2 tend to decrease, for reasons that aren't entirely clear.

      In the case of oral HSV-1, many of the approximately 100 million Americans who are infected acquired the virus when they were children. By the time they're adults, only some 5% of people are bothered enough to consider oral HSV-1 a medical problem, according to Spruance.

      On the other hand, almost all of the approximately 40 million Americans infected with HSV-2 acquired the virus as teenagers or adults. In the first year, those who have recurring outbreaks experience an averag

  3. QUESTION:
    Can a pregnant lady who is infected with Herpes deliver baby without infection?
    I and my wife are infected with Genital Herpes. She is about to deliver a baby during this month end. What are the chances that she delivers a baby without the infection of herpes? What precaution she should take during delivery? She had one episode of recurrance during the middle of pregnancy.she had been infected before the pregnancy.
    please answer correctly.

    • ANSWER:
      Neonatal HSV disease is a rare, but serious, consequence of vertical HSV transmission from mother to newborn child. Prospective active surveillance data indicates an incidence rate of 3.61 per 100,000 live births in Australia, with similar rates in the UK; but much lower than the USA. [2][3] Preliminary studies indicate the epidemiology in Canada is closer to Europe than to the United States. The mortality rate from neonatal HSV disease is high (up to 25%) despite current interventions with antiviral therapies. Death results from disseminated HSV disease and/or HSV encephalitis in the newborn children.
      For pregnant women, the presence of either HSV-1 or HSV-2 on the external genitalia or in the birth canal is a threat to the infant. Infection of the newborn can lead to herpetic meningitis, herpetic viremia, chronic skin infection, and even death.
      Consult a Gynocologist.
      Please see the webpages for more details on Herpes simplex virus.

  4. QUESTION:
    For which disease or for what purpose Torch test is conducted?
    What is Torch test? Is this a blood test? Plz tell me in detail.

    • ANSWER:
      Definition

      The TORCH test, which is sometimes called the TORCH panel, belongs to a category of blood tests called infectious-disease antibody titer tests. This type of blood test measures the presence of antibodies (protein molecules produced by the human immune system in response to a specific disease agent) and their level of concentration in the blood. The name of the test comes from the initial letters of the five disease categories. The TORCH test measures the levels of an infant's antibodies against five groups of chronic infections: toxoplasmosis, other infections, rubella, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and herpes simplex virus (HSV). The "other infections" usually include syphilis, hepatitis B, coxsackie virus, Epstein-Barr virus, varicella-zoster virus, and human parvovirus.

      Since the TORCH test is a screening or first-level test, the pediatrician may order tests of other body fluids or tissues to confirm the diagnosis of a specific infection. In the case of toxoplasmosis, rubella, and syphilis, cerebrospinal fluid may be obtained from the infant through a spinal tap in order to confirm the diagnosis. In the case of CMV, the diagnosis is confirmed by culturing the virus in a sample of the infant's urine. In HSV infections, tissue culture is the best method to confirm the diagnosis.

      Purpose

      The five categories of organisms whose antibodies are measured by the TORCH test are grouped together because they can cause a cluster of symptomatic birth defects in newborns. This group of defects is sometimes called the TORCH syndrome. A newborn baby with these symptoms will be given a TORCH test to see if any of the five types of infection are involved.

      The symptoms of the TORCH syndrome include:

      Small size in proportion to length of the mother's pregnancy at time of delivery. Infants who are smaller than would be expected (below the tenth percentile) are referred to as small-for-gestational-age, or SGA.

      Enlarged liver and spleen

      Low level of platelets in the blood

      Skin rash. The type of skin rash associated with the TORCH syndrome is usually reddish-purple or brown and is caused by the leakage of blood from broken capillaries into the baby's skin.

      Involvement of the central nervous system. These defects can include encephalitis, calcium deposits in the brain tissue, and seizures.

      Jaundice. The yellowish discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes due to liver disease.

      In addition to these symptoms, each of the TORCH infections has its own characteristic symptom cluster in newborns:

      Toxoplasmosis

      Toxoplasmosis is caused by Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that the mother can acquire from handling infected cats, drinking unpasteurized milk, or eating contaminated meat. The infection is carried to the infant through the mother's placenta, and can cause infections of the eyes or central nervous system. The organism can invade brain or muscle tissue and form tissue cysts. The later in pregnancy that the mother is infected, the higher the probability that the fetus will be infected. On the other hand, toxoplasmosis early in pregnancy is more likely to cause a miscarriage or serious birth defects. The incidence of toxoplasmosis in newborns is one in 1,000 live births.

      Other (syphilis)

      Syphilis is caused by a spirochete (spiral- or coil-shaped bacterium), Treponema pallidum. It is transmitted in the adult population by sexual intercourse. About 2-5% of children born to mothers diagnosed with syphilis will have the disease at birth. Syphilis was added to the TORCH panel because of a rapid increase in reported cases since 1990. It is also a potentially life-threatening infection for the fetus. Syphilis can cause early delivery, miscarriage, or stillbirth. The mortality rate in infants infected with syphilis is about 54%.

      Rubella

      Rubella is a virus that has a seasonal pattern, with epidemics most likely in the spring. Between 0.1-2% of newborns will be infected with rubella. The rate of fetal infection varies according to the timing of the mother's infection during pregnancy. Birth defects, however, are most likely (85%) in infants infected during the first eight weeks of pregnancy. Infants born with rubella may already show signs of heart disease, retarded growth, hearing loss, blood disorders, vision problems, or pneumonia. They may also develop problems later in childhood, including autism, hearing loss, brain syndromes, immune system disorders, or thyroid disease.

      Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

      Cytomegalovirus belongs to the herpesvirus group of infections. It can be transmitted through body secretions, as well as by sexual contact; some newborns acquire CMV through the mother's breast milk. In adults, it produces symptoms resembling those of mononucleosis. About 1-2.2% of newborns in the United States are infected with CMV. Of this group, 10% will have measurable symptoms. The mortality rate for these symptomatic newborns is 20-30%. Surviving infants with CMV may suffer from hearing problems (15%) or mental retardation (30%). Newborns that acquire CMV during the birth process or shortly after birth may develop pneumonia, hepatitis, or various blood disorders.

      Herpes simplex virus (HSV)

      Herpesvirus infections are among the most common viral infections in humans. They are spread by oral, as well as genital, contact. It is estimated that between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 5,000 infants are born with HSV infections. About 80% of these infections are acquired during the birth process itself; the virus enters the infant through its eyes, skin, mouth, and upper respiratory tract. Of infants born with HSV infection, about 20% will have localized infections of the eyes, mouth, or skin. About 50% of infected infants will develop disease spread throughout the body (disseminated) within nine to 11 days after birth. Disseminated herpes infections attack the liver and adrenal glands, as well as other body organs. Without treatment, the mortality rate is 80%. Even with antiviral medication, the mortality rate is still 15-20%, with 40-55% of the survivors having long-term damage to the central nervous system. It is critical for the doctor to diagnose HSV infection in the newborn as soon as possible, for effective treatment.

      Description

      The TORCH panel requires a sample of the infant's blood. Samples from infants are usually obtained by the heelstick procedure when only a small quantity of blood is needed. The baby's foot is wrapped in a warm cloth for five minutes, to make the blood flow more easily. The foot is then wiped with an alcohol swab and a lancet is used to stick the baby's heel on one side. It is important to avoid the center of the heel, in order to prevent an inflammation of the bone.

      Preparation

      No special preparation, other than sterile technique, is required.

      Risks

      The only complications associated with the TORCH test are those resulting from the heelstick technique itself. These risks include scarring, infection of the bone, cellulitis (inflammation of cellular tissue), small lumpy calcium deposits, and inaccurate test results.

      Normal results

      The normal result would be normal levels of immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibody in the infant's blood. IgM is one of five types of protein molecules found in blood that function as antibodies. IgM is a specific class of antibodies that seeks out virus particles. In contrast to adults, IgM is the most common type of immunoglobulin in newborn children. It is, therefore, the most useful indicator of the presence of a TORCH infection.

      Abnormal results

      The general abnormal, or positive, finding would be high levels of IgM antibody. The test can be refined further for antibodies specific to given disease agents. The TORCH screen, however, can produce both false-positive and false-negative findings. Doctors can measure IgM levels in the infant's cerebrospinal fluid, as well as in the blood, if they want to confirm the TORCH results.

      Key Terms

      Antibody
      A protein molecule produced by the immune system that is specific to a disease agent, such as CMV and the other organisms sought by the TORCH test. The antibody combines with the organism and disables it.

      Perinatal
      Referring to the period of time surrounding an infant's birth, from the last two months of pregnancy to the first 28 days of life. The TORCH panel tests for perinatal infections.

      Small-for-gestational-age (SGA)
      A term used to describe newborns who are below the 10th percentile in height or weight for their estimated gestational age. The gestational age is based upon the date of the mother's last menstrual period. SGA is one of the symptoms of TORCH syndrome.

      Titer
      The concentration of a substance in a given sample of blood or other tissue fluid.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have a cold sore on the top and bottom of my lip. Will I ever get the virus on my vagina?
    I have a cold sore on the top and bottom of my lip, I was wondering if the virus can spread to your genital areas?

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1, the cause of most oral herpes, can migrate to the genitals through skin to skin contact, but it is not necessarily an easy transmission. HSV-2 is the strain that is usually found on the genitals. In those cases where HSV-1 does take up residence on the genitlas,it is "genital herpes" but it is still HSV-1 strain, not type 2 strain.

      The ocular herpes referred to above is also possible but generally not dangerous, and generally easy to treat. Rarely HSV-1 can infect the brain and cause encephalitis.

      Note that a healthy immune system will usually keep symptoms of HSV-1 suppressed, after the inital year or two. Most people have been infected with HSV 1or will be in their life time.

      So, the short answer is, it is possible but won't be easy. If you were to have genital to mouth sex with someone at some point and they had HSV-1, there is a chance your genitals could get infected, especially, but not necessarily ,if that person had an outbreak of "cold sore".

      The 2nd link will give you more information on that aspect.

  6. QUESTION:
    What could be possible adverse effects of contracting HSV1 or HSV2 and only having one kidney?

    • ANSWER:
      Really none , unless you get some of these problems.

      encephalitis ). Usually HSV-1, although HSV-2 is typically the cause in newborns. In about a quarter of HSV-1 encephalitis cases, the infection may be caused by a new strain of the virus. About 2,100 cases occur a year in the U.S. About a third occur in people under 20 years old, half over age 50, and the balance between ages 20 and 50.

      Lower back. Usually caused by HSV-2 and typically occurs in bedridden patients or those with AIDS.
      Numbness, tingling of the buttocks or the area around the anus, urinary retention, constipation, and impotence. Weakness or extreme skin sensitivity in the lower extremities, possibly persisting for months. Headaches, stiff neck, and, very rarely, paralysis in lower extremities caused by inflammation of the spinal cord.

  7. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2 and gential herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      The other two answers are incorrect.

      They are two slightly different herpes viruses, but either one can infect either the genitals or the mouth.

      Each has grown to be 'better adapted' to one particular area, but is just as happy to infect the other area. The only difference is that outside its preferred area, each virus is less likely to cause recurrent outbreaks. Symptoms are identical.

      For example, hsv-2 'prefers' the genitals - although it can also cause oral herpes (cold sores). If you get genital hsv-2, it is more infectious than a genital hsv-1 infection or an oral hsv-2 infection. A genital hsv-2 infection might be infectious about 16% of the time, and cause 6 outbreaks a year on average, while a genital hsv-1 infection might be infectious 3% of the time and cause one outbreak every 2 years on average.

      The symptoms of outbreaks of hsv-1 and hsv-2 are indistinguishable, however - neither causes more severe symptoms than the other, wherever the infection is located. In the absence of a prior herpes infection, both viruses are opportunistic and are perfectly happy to infect either the mouth or the genitals, whichever they come into contact with.

      Hsv-1 (herpes simplex 1) 'prefers' the mouth. It causes 95% of oral herpes infections (cold sores), BUT it also causes MORE genital herpes infections these days than hsv-2 does.

      If you have never previously had cold sores (usually caused by hsv-1 on the mouth) it is very easy for your partner to give you genital hsv-1 if they give you oral sex, even in between cold sores. That is why 73% of new genital herpes infections among young people are caused by the so-called 'oral herpes' virus, hsv-1. Only a minority of genital herpes cases - between a third and a quarter - are now caused by hsv-2.

      People often think hsv-1 is the 'good' herpes virus, the 'mild' one that causes cold sores (and that a genital herpes infection is always more severe than an oral herpes infection). It isn't. Oral hsv-1 is the most infectious form of herpes you can get - it is infectious around 18% of the time. A genital herpes outbreak is no better or worse than a cold sore on the mouth. Only the location is different, whichever virus causes it.

      I have genital hsv-1. I caught it from my boyfriend, who gets cold sores on his mouth occasionally. He gave me oral sex in between cold sores, when we thought it was safe because he had no symptoms. It wasn't - there is still a risk of passing oral herpes on when no symptoms are present. Although genital hsv-1 is supposed to be milder, it is all subjective. For the first couple of years I averaged about 6-8 outbreaks a year, which is far more than most people get with hsv-2.

      A genital herpes outbreak looks exactly like a cold sore. Like a cold sore, it can be so mild you can hardly see it, or it can be severe, but it is no better or worse. The pictures of genital herpes on the internet are worse case scenarios and first outbreaks. For a more realistic image of what a genital herpes outbreak looks like, search for images of cold sores and imagine that on the genitals, and you've pretty much got it.

      As for genital herpes being 'worse' because of babies being able to catch neonatal herpes - well first, neonatal herpes is rare, about 1 in 200,000 births, despite 1 in 4 pregnant women having genital herpes. And it is also easily preventable now. It usually only occurs when a woman contracts herpes during the pregnancy. Oral herpes also has it's own side effects - as well as being a problem for people with immune problems, it can sometimes cause encephalitis if it goes on the brain, and is also very serious if caught by a very youg baby (through a kiss).

  8. QUESTION:
    I've hooked up with at least 20 girls, do you think I've gotten hsv 1 by now?
    Just wondering. Oh and if a girl with hsv 1 gives you oral sex do u contract it on contact? Do they have to have an outbreak? What if the sore is closed and somewhere far from the inside of the mouth? Just trying to get informed. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Main article: Herpes simplex
      HSV is transmitted during close contact with an infected person who is shedding virus from the skin, in saliva or in secretions from the genitals. This horizontal transmission of the virus is more likely to occur when sores are present, although viral shedding, and therefore transmission, does occur in the absence of visible sores.[3] In addition, vertical transmission of HSV may occur between mother and child during childbirth, which can be fatal to the infant.[4] The immature immune system of the child is unable to defend against the virus and even if treated, the infection can result in inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) that may cause brain damage. Transmission occurs when the infant passes through the birth canal, but the risk of infection is reduced if there are no symptoms or exposed blisters during delivery. The first outbreak after exposure to HSV is commonly more severe than future outbreaks, as the body has not had a chance to produce antibodies; this first outbreak carries a low (~1%) risk of developing aseptic meningitis.[1]

  9. QUESTION:
    what causes fever blister and how can you get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      A fever blister, AKA cold sore (assuming this is not inside the mouth, which is a canker) is a Herpes type virus. It is extremely common and estiamtes are that over 50% of Americans have this Herpes type 1 (Herpes Simplex Virus -1, or HSV-1) virus. Do not confuse this with "genital Herpes" which is a similar virus (they share about 50% of their DNA) but is almost always found on, in or around the genitals or anus if that is where sexual activity took place. In RARE cases, HSV-1 (cold sore, or "oral" herpes) can locate to the genitals and vice versa and only if there's been skin to skin contact at those sites.

      Cold sores are very common because they are easily and innocently passed on. Children often get them. The Herpes virus - either of these two types- cannot be destroyed or gotten rid of. They both eventually (again except in very rare cases) retreat to nerve endings called ganglia, and stay there the rest of your life. They will occasionally make a trip up to the skin (I'll stick with the mouth now) again and cause outbreaks or "blisters". At this point you are contagious and even light skin to skin contact, or sometimes sharing towles, face cloths, even cutlery or drinking glasses can transmit the virus to soemone else, so you need to be careful at such times. They tend to be brought on by stress and some other factors. In a process called viral shedding, or jsut "shedding", you can be contagious even before you see signs. (This also applies to HSV-2 or "genital herpes").

      The good news, if you can call it hat, is that the attacks tend to get weaker and less often with time. Your immune system, assuming it is in good shape, will keep outbreaks under control as best it can. There are medications which -while they can't eradicate the virus- can slow down or stop it replicating (applies to both HSV-1 and 2) . And finally, neither HSV-1 or HSV-2 will (again except in very rare cases) cause any threat to your health or damage to your body. They are a nuisance but not dangerous.

      (Rare cases: the HSV-1 virus can also show up on arms, legs and backs, and other places in immune-system compromised people. It can also in VERY rare cases, make it to the brain which results in encephalitis. Very rare.)

  10. QUESTION:
    Is HSV 1 herpes simplex 1 dangerous can it kill you?
    ok i just wanted to know if herpes simplex 1 is deadly? i keep reading that it isnt but then there are sites that say it can by getting to your brain...can somone give me all the right info and is ti possible to get into the brain and kill you if it does get into it is it treatable how can it be diagnosed...just curious cuz i keep reading all this different kinds stuff about it

    • ANSWER:
      About 80% of adults have hsv-1.

      For most of them, it does no harm at all.

      Some of them may experience frequent and painful outbreaks if their immune system struggles to control the virus.

      People with immune disorders, Aids etc, may find hsv-1 debilitating. It is possible for it to cause a systemic infection in these cases. This is RARE.

      It is dangerous to very young babies whose immune system cannot handle it, so people with oral herpes should avoid kissing babies on the mouth completely - even when they have no sores.

      You are thinking of herpes encephalitis, which is a VERY rare complication of an hsv-1 or hsv-2 infection.

      The herpes virus spontaneously travels to the brain, where it causes swelling and can be fatal.

      About one person in 1,000,000 of the population develop herpes encephalitis per year. 30% of those cases are in children.

  11. QUESTION:
    AIDS and Hepititis C can be cured in some people despite being in their DNA, right? Then what about herpes?
    I thought herpes could never be cured because it's in your DNA. But AIDS and Hepetitis C are in your DNA, and as I understand it people have been completely cured. Right? So is a cure for herpes possible/on the way?

    • ANSWER:
      1) HIV cannot be cured. However, the virus can be suppressed with anti-retroviral therapy and all traces of virus eliminated from bloodwork (viral load is one monitoring parameter of HIV treatment along with CD4 count). Usually though, the virus is latent in certain cells. However, people can go long times being symptom free (and don't progress to aids, so called long term non-progressors like Magic Johnson). So, not technically a cure, but close

      2) Hep C can actually be cured. Sort of. Interferon therapy can lead to complete remission of hep C and disappearance of the virus. I'm not sure what the long term data looks like yet as this therapy has only been around since 2000 or so. But it's no fun to undergo the treatment.

      3) Herpes is difficult because it infects nerved cells and lays latent, only reactivating in times of stress. It would be nearly impossible to eradicate it without destroying those nerve cells, which would not be very good. There are several anti-virals that can treat and suppress HSV. Given that, in the grand scheme of things, HSV is more of an inconvenience than a significant health threat (unless you're so unlucky as to have HSV encephalitis), I doubt we'll be seeing any significant new treatments coming down the pipeline anytime soon.

  12. QUESTION:
    whats the difference between genital hsv1 and genital hsv2?
    we dont get offered blood tests in uk and wondered i have genital herpes i mite have 1 or 2 outbreaks a yr if that and i only ever get 1 cut and have never had it bad does this mean its hsv1 on my bits?
    but you can catch herpes from oral sex so herpes 1 on the mouth can be tranferred to the genitals so this is hsv 1 also......

    • ANSWER:
      The primary difference between the two viral types is in where they typically establish latency in the body- their "site of preference." HSV-1 usually establishes latency in the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. From there, it tends to recur on the lower lip or face. HSV-2 usually sets up residence in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine. From there, it recurs in the genital area .

      Even this difference is not absolute either type can reside in either or both parts of the body and infect oral and/or genital areas. Unfortunately, many people aren't aware of this, which contributes both to the spread of type 1 and to the misperception that the two types are fundamentally different.

      "People don't understand that you can have type 1 genitally or orally, that the two types are essentially the same virus,' says Marshall Clover, manager of the National Herpes Hotline." One type is associated with stigma, the other is "'just a cold sore"- our society has a euphemism for it so we don't even have to acknowledge that it's herpes.''

      The common myth is that HSV-1 causes a mild infection that is occasionally bothersome, but never dangerous. The reality? HSV-1 is usually mild, especially when it infects the lips, face, or genitals. However, in some cases type 1 can recur spontaneously in the eye, causing ocular herpes, a potentially serious infection which can lead to blindness. In very rare cases HSV- 1 can spread spontaneously to the brain, causing herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that can lead to death. HSV-1 is also the usual cause of herpes whitlow, an infection on the finger, and "wrestler's herpes," (herpes gladiatorum) a herpes infection on the chest or face.

      The range and potential severity of HSV-1 infections lead some experts to view the virus as more risky than usually perceived. "This is heresy, but I think type 1 is a more significant infection than type 2," says Spotswood Spruance, MD, an oral HSV specialist at the University of Utah. "Type 1, and the morbidity associated with it, are underestimated."

      By comparison, HSV-2 is widely believed to be a painful, dangerous infection that affects only people with very active sex lives. The reality? Some 22% of adult Americans from all backgrounds, income levels, and ethnic groups have HSV-2. Like HSV-1, type 2 is usually mild-so mild that two- thirds of infected people don't even know they have it. Type 2 rarely causes complications or spreads to other parts of the body. It is the most common cause of neonatal herpes, a rare but dangerous infection in newborns; however, type 1 causes up to one-third of neonatal infections.

      The two types do behave somewhat differently depending on whether they are residing in their site of preference-the mouth and face for HSV-1, and the genital area for HSV-2. But both types are quite common, and under most circumstances neither is a major health threat. That's one reason medical professionals tend to dismiss HSV -2 despite the emotional trauma a diagnosis can cause for a patient.

      While HSV can be a frustrating and painful condition for some people, in general the virus is less a medical problem than a social problem. For most of us, genital herpes is no more dangerous than a cold sore.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the medical definitions of herpes simplex?
    some people have this disease

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes simplex (from the Greek ἕρπης /΄erpis/, "snake") is a viral disease caused by both herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Genital herpes, commonly known simply as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes. Other disorders such as herpetic whitlow, herpes gladiatorum, ocular herpes (keratitis), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes, and possibly Bell's palsy are all caused by herpes simplex viruses.

      Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disease—presenting as blisters containing infectious virus particles—that last 2–21 days, followed by a remission period, during which the sores disappear. Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic, though viral shedding may still occur. After initial infection, the viruses move to sensory nerves, where they reside as life-long, latent viruses. Causes of recurrence are uncertain, though some potential triggers have been identified. Over time, episodes of active disease reduce in frequency and severity.

      Herpes simplex is most easily transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable method of preventing transmission of herpes, but they merely reduce rather than eliminate risk. Oral herpes is easily diagnosed if the patient presents with visible sores or ulcers. Early stages of orofacial herpes and genital herpes are harder to diagnose; laboratory testing is usually required. 20% of the U.S. population has antibodies to HSV-2, although not all of them have a history of genital lesions.[1]

      There is no cure for herpes. Once infected, the virus remains in the body for life. However, after several years, some people will become perpetually asymptomatic and will no longer experience outbreaks, though they may still be contagious to others. Vaccines are in clinical trials but have not demonstrated effectiveness. Treatments can reduce viral reproduction and shedding, prevent the virus from entering the skin, and alleviate the severity of symptomatic episodes.

      Herpes simplex should not be confused with conditions caused by other viruses in the herpesviridae family such as herpes zoster, which is a viral disease caused by varicella zoster virus. There is also a possibility of confusion with "hand, foot and mouth disease" due to apparition of lesions on the skin.

  14. QUESTION:
    what are the different types of herpes?
    is there a cure for any type of herpes? what would you do if you were diagnosed with herpes?
    i just need as much info as i can get. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Formal name: Herpes Simplex Virus, Type1 and Type 2

      Herpes culture; Herpes simplex viral culture; HSV DNA; HSV by PCR; HSV-1 or HSV-2 IgM or IgG; HSV-1; HSV-2; HHV1; HHV2

      Herpes simplex testing is performed to identify an acute herpes infection or to detect herpes antibodies, an indication of a previous exposure to herpes. One of the most common viral infections, herpes simplex virus (HSV) exists as two main types, HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both types are contagious and periodically cause small fever blisters (vesicles) that break to form open lesions. HSV-1 primarily causes blisters or "cold sores" around the oral cavity and mouth, while HSV-2 usually causes lesions around the genital area; however, either one can affect the oral or genital area.
      The herpes simplex virus can be passed from person to person through skin contact while the sores are open and healing and sometimes asymptomatically when there are no visible sores. HSV-2 is frequently a sexually transmitted disease, but HSV-1 also may be acquired during oral sex and found in the genital area.

      When someone is first infected, he or she may have obvious and painful blisters at the site of infection, which usually appear within two weeks after the virus is transmitted and usually heal within two to four weeks. The blisters can appear in the vaginal area, on the penis, around the anus, or on the buttocks or thighs. This primary episode can include a second outbreak of blisters and even flu-like symptoms of fever and swollen glands. However, not everyone develops blisters and sometimes symptoms are so mild that they are unnoticeable or mistaken for something else, such as insect bites or a rash.

      While there is no cure for herpes, antiviral medications are available that suppress outbreaks and shorten the duration of active shedding of virus and of symptoms,

      HSV testing detects either the virus itself, its viral DNA, or antibodies to the virus. During an acute primary infection or reactivation, the virus may be detected by:

      Herpes culture. A sample of fluid is collected from an open sore (the most common sample). It is incubated in a nutrient environment to grow and isolate the virus. This test is sensitive and specific, but it takes 2 or more days to complete. Fresh lesions are the best for this test. Viral shedding decreases over time and can lead to a false negative result. Once the virus is grown in culture, it is possible to determine if it is HSV-1 or HSV-2.
      HSV DNA testing. Can be done to detect HSV genetic material in a patient sample. DNA testing is usually done only if the culture is negative but the physician still suspects herpes or if the patient is being treated for herpes. This method can detect the virus as well as identify the type and is good in circumstances where the virus is present in low numbers (such as viral encephalitis) or if the lesion is several days old. This is the best method to detect HSV meningitis, encephalitis, or keratitis because this method is more sensitive.
      HSV antibody testing. Antibodies to HSV are specific proteins that the body creates and releases into the bloodstream to fight the infection. HSV IgM antibody production begins several days after a primary (initial) HSV infection and may be detectable in the blood for several weeks. HSV IgG antibody production begins after HSV IgM production. Concentrations rise for several weeks, fall, and then stabilize in the blood. Once someone has been infected with HSV, they will continue to produce small quantities of HSV IgG. HSV antibody testing can detect both viral types (HSV-1 and HSV-2), and tests are available that can detect the early IgM antibodies as well as the IgG antibodies that remain forever in those who have been exposed.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the history of encephalitis?
    Where it originated from? Where in the world the first occurances happend

    Sources would be nice

    • ANSWER:
      Sam, as you know, Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord usually caused by viral infection. It usually results from an infection, most often by a virus, but sometimes by bacteria, a fungus, or parasites The first occurrences probably were soon after Adam & Eve left paradise.
      The cause of encephalitis is most often a viral infection. Some examples include:
      Herpes viruses
      Overuses transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks and other insects
      Rabies transmitted through animal bites
      Encephalitis takes two forms, categorized by the two ways that viruses can infect your brain:
      Primary encephalitis. This occurs when a virus directly invades your brain and spinal cord. It can happen to people at any time of the year (sporadic encephalitis), or it can be part of an outbreak (epidemic encephalitis).
      Secondary (postinfectious) encephalitis. This form occurs when a virus first infects another part of your body and secondarily enters your brain.
      Also, bacterial infections, such as Lyme disease, can sometimes lead to encephalitis, as can parasitic infections, such as toxoplasmosis, in people with weakened immune systems.

      Here are some of the more common causes of encephalitis:
      Herpes viruses
      Some herpes viruses that cause common infections may also cause encephalitis. These include:
      Herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections. HSV type 1 (HSV-1) more commonly causes cold sores or fever blisters around your mouth. HSV type 2 (HSV-2) more commonly causes genital herpes. HSV-1 is the most important cause of fatal sporadic encephalitis in the United States, but it's also rare.
      Varicella-zoster virus. This virus is responsible for chickenpox and shingles. It can cause encephalitis in adults and children, but tends to be mild.
      Epstein-Barr virus. This herpes virus causes infectious mononucleosis (mono). If encephalitis develops, it's usually mild, but can be fatal in a small number of cases.
      Childhood infections. In rare instances, secondary encephalitis occurs after vaccine-preventable childhood viral infections, including:
      Measles (rubeola)
      Mumps
      German measles (rubella)
      In such cases, encephalitis may be due to hypersensitivity — an overreaction of your immune system to a foreign substance.

      Arboviruses
      Viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks (arboviruses) have, in recent years, produced well-publicized encephalitis epidemics. Organisms that transmit disease from one animal host to another are called vectors. Mosquitoes are vectors for the transmission of encephalitis from small creatures — usually birds and rodents — to humans. This type of encephalitis is fairly uncommon.

      In the United States, the following types of mosquito-borne encephalitis occur:
      Eastern equine encephalitis. St. Louis encephalitis. West Nile encephalitis. .

  16. QUESTION:
    what are the classification of viruses within the 5 kingdoms of life?

    • ANSWER:
      1. single-stranded DNA; naked; polyhedral capsid

      * Viral family: Parvoviridae
      * Size: 18-25nm
      * Examples and diseases: parvoviruses (roseola, fetal death, gastroenteritis; some depend on coinfection with adenoviruses)

      2. double-stranded, DNA; naked; polyhedral capsid

      * Viral family: Papovaviridae; circular dsDNA
      * Size: 40-57nm
      * Examples and diseases: human papilloma viruses (HPV; benign warts and genital warts; genital and rectal cancers)

      * Viral family: Adenoviridae; dsDNA
      * Size: 70-90nm
      * Examples and diseases: adenoviruses (respiratory infections, gastroenteritis, infectious pinkeye, rashes, meningoencephalitis)

      3. double-stranded, circular DNA; enveloped; complex

      * Viral family: Poxviridae
      * Size: 200-350nm
      * Examples and diseases: smallpox virus (smallpox), vaccinia virus (cowpox), molluscipox virus (molluscum contagiosum-wartlike skin lesions)

      4. double-stranded DNA; enveloped; polyhedral capsid

      * Viral family: Herpesviridae
      * Size: 150-200nm
      * Examples and diseases: herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1; most oral herpes), herpes simplex 2 virus (HSV-2; most genital herpes), herpes simplex 6 virus (HSV-6; roseola), varicella-zoster virus (VZV; chickenpox and shingles), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV; infectious mononucleosis and lymphomas), cytomegalovirus (CMV; birth defects and infections of a variety of body systems in immunosuppressed individuals)

      * Viral family: Hepadnaviridae
      * Size: 42nm
      * Examples and diseases: hepatitis B virus (HBV; hepatitis B and liver cancer)

      5. (+)single-stranded RNA; naked; polyhedral capsid

      * Viral family: picornaviridae
      * Size: 28-30nm
      * Examples and diseases: enteroviruses (poliomyelitis), rhinoviruses (most frequent cause of the common cold), Noroviruses (gastroenteritis), echoviruses (meningitis), hepatitis A virus (HAV; hepatitis A)

      6. (+)single-stranded RNA; enveloped; usually a polyhedral capsid

      * Viral family: Togaviridae
      * Size: 60-70nm
      * Examples and diseases: arboviruses (eastern equine encephalitis, western equine encephalitis), rubella virus (German measles)

      * Viral family: Flaviviridae
      * Size: 40-50nm
      * Examples and diseases: flaviviruses (yellow fever, dengue fever, St. Louis encephalitis), hepatitis C virus (HCV; hepatitis C)

      * Viral family: Coronaviridae
      * Size: 80-160nm
      * Examples and diseases: coronaviruses (upper respiratory infections and the common cold; SARS)

      7. (-)single-stranded RNA; enveloped; pleomorphic

      * Viral family: Rhabdoviridae; bullet-shaped
      * Size: 70-189nm
      * Examples and diseases: rabies virus (rabies)

      * Viral family: Filoviridae; long and filamentous
      * Size: 80-14,000nm
      * Examples and diseases: Ebola virus, Marburg virus (hemorrhagic fevers)

      * Viral family: Paramyxoviridae; pleomorphic
      * Size: 150-300nm
      * Examples and diseases: paramyxoviruses (parainfluenza, mumps); measles virus (measles)

      8. (-) strand; multiple strands of RNA; enveloped

      * Viral family: Orthomyxoviridae
      * Size: 80-200nm
      * Examples and diseases: influenza viruses A, B, and C (influenza)

      * Viral family: Bunyaviridae
      * Size: 90-120nm
      * Examples and diseases: California encephalitis virus (encephalitis); hantaviruses (Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Korean hemorrhagic fever)

      * Viral family: Arenaviridae
      * Size: 50-300nm
      * Examples and diseases: arenaviruses (lymphocytic choriomeningitis, hemorrhagic fevers)

      9. produce DNA from (+) single-stranded RNA using reverse transcriptase; enveloped; bullet-shaped or polyhedral capsid

      * Viral family: Retroviridae
      * Size: 100-120nm
      * Examples and diseases: HIV-1 and HIV-2 (HIV infection/AIDS); HTLV-1 and HTLV-2 (T-cell leukemia)

      10. dsRNA; naked; polyhedral capsid

      * Viral family: Reoviridae
      * Size: 60-80nm
      * Examples and diseases: reoviruses (mild respiratory infections, infant gastroenteritis); Colorado tick fever virus (Colorado tick fever)

  17. QUESTION:
    Is herpes just a breakout? is there serious complications ?
    Does it affect you in the long run? die of an early age heart problems anything other than breakouts?

    • ANSWER:
      No, herpes is just a mild skin infection - the common cold sore is casued by herpes simplex, and by old age over 95% of people are infected by one of the 2 herpes viruses either genitally or orally - hsv-1 or hsv-1.

      Contrary to popular opinion, both viruses can cause either a genital or oral infection - over half of genital herpes cases are caused by hsv-1 which cuases most cold sores on the mouth - and a genital infection is not necessarily more severe than an oral infection.

      In most cases, all both genital and oral herpes are is a bit of a nuisance. A rare complication of oral herpes is encephalitis, but it is very rare considering how many people have oral herpes.The only risk with genital herpes comes if you catch it in the last 3 months of pregnancy, because you can transfer it to the baby during a natural birth - but only if you have recently caught it. A c-section avoids this risk. Both are very rare.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is a cold soar a type of Herpies?
    i have a cold soar on my lip and my friend keeps saying that meens i have herpies! and its really bugging me. So can someone tell me if it is?
    Thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by Herpes simplex viruses; both herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) cause herpes simplex. Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Infection of the genitals, commonly known as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes. Other disorders such as herpetic whitlow, herpes gladiatorum, ocular herpes (keratitis), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes, and possibly Bell's palsy are all caused by herpes simplex viruses.

  19. QUESTION:
    Herpes type 1 question?
    If you have hsv 1 in the genital area, can you spread it when not having an outbreak?

    Also what is the difference between hsv 1 and 2?

    • ANSWER:
      yes

      The primary difference between the two viral types is in where they typically establish latency in the body- their "site of preference." HSV-1 usually establishes latency in the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. From there, it tends to recur on the lower lip or face. HSV-2 usually sets up residence in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine. From there, it recurs in the genital area .

      Even this difference is not absolute either type can reside in either or both parts of the body and infect oral and/or genital areas. Unfortunately, many people aren't aware of this, which contributes both to the spread of type 1 and to the misperception that the two types are fundamentally different.

      "People don't understand that you can have type 1 genitally or orally, that the two types are essentially the same virus,' says Marshall Clover, manager of the National Herpes Hotline." One type is associated with stigma, the other is "'just a cold sore"- our society has a euphemism for it so we don't even have to acknowledge that it's herpes.''

      The common myth is that HSV-1 causes a mild infection that is occasionally bothersome, but never dangerous. The reality? HSV-1 is usually mild, especially when it infects the lips, face, or genitals. However, in some cases type 1 can recur spontaneously in the eye, causing ocular herpes, a potentially serious infection which can lead to blindness. In very rare cases HSV- 1 can spread spontaneously to the brain, causing herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that can lead to death. HSV-1 is also the usual cause of herpes whitlow, an infection on the finger, and "wrestler's herpes," (herpes gladiatorum) a herpes infection on the chest or face.

      The range and potential severity of HSV-1 infections lead some experts to view the virus as more risky than usually perceived. "This is heresy, but I think type 1 is a more significant infection than type 2," says Spotswood Spruance, MD, an oral HSV specialist at the University of Utah. "Type 1, and the morbidity associated with it, are underestimated."

      By comparison, HSV-2 is widely believed to be a painful, dangerous infection that affects only people with very active sex lives. The reality? Some 22% of adult Americans from all backgrounds, income levels, and ethnic groups have HSV-2. Like HSV-1, type 2 is usually mild-so mild that two- thirds of infected people don't even know they have it. Type 2 rarely causes complications or spreads to other parts of the body. It is the most common cause of neonatal herpes, a rare but dangerous infection in newborns; however, type 1 causes up to one-third of neonatal infections.

      The two types do behave somewhat differently depending on whether they are residing in their site of preference-the mouth and face for HSV-1, and the genital area for HSV-2. But both types are quite common, and under most circumstances neither is a major health threat. That's one reason medical professionals tend to dismiss HSV -2 despite the emotional trauma a diagnosis can cause for a patient.

      While HSV can be a frustrating and painful condition for some people, in general the virus is less a medical problem than a social problem. For most of us, genital herpes is no more dangerous than a cold sore.

      How Many Outbreaks?
      Just how much of a physical problem HSV poses for a person depends largely on three factors. The first is how well the person's immune system is able to control the infection.

      Differences in immune response may be the main reason that some people are bothered by frequent cold sores or genital herpes outbreaks while others are not. It's also the reason that both HSV-1 and 2 can pose serious challenges for infants, who have a limited immune response; and for people with compromised immune systems, including people with cancer, AIDS, severe burns, and people taking immunosuppressant medications.

      The second factor affecting outbreaks is how long a person has had the infection. Over time, recurrences of both HSV- 1 and 2 tend to decrease, for reasons that aren't entirely clear.

      In the case of oral HSV-1, many of the approximately 100 million Americans who are infected acquired the virus when they were children. By the time they're adults, only some 5% of people are bothered enough to consider oral HSV-1 a medical problem, according to Spruance.

      On the other hand, almost all of the approximately 40 million Americans infected with HSV-2 acquired the virus as teenagers or adults. In the first year, those who have recurring outbreaks experience an average of four to six episodes. Over time, as with oral infections, the number of outbreaks usually drops off.

      A third factor influencing the frequency of HSV -1 and 2 outbreaks is whether the virus is established in its site of preference. While HSV can infect both genital and oral areas, both types cause milder infections when they are away from "home" territory. Outside their site of preference, both type 1 and 2 lose most of their punch.

      For example, most people infected with HSV-1 in the genital area have few, if any, outbreaks after the initial episode, far fewer than is typical with either oral HSV-1 or genital HSV-2. While experts estimate that some 30% of genital herpes infections in the United States may be caused by HSV-1, only 2- 5% of recurring genital outbreaks are caused by HSV-1. Research conducted by Lawrence Corey, MD, and colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle shows that genital HSV-2 recurs 10 times more often than genital HSV-1.

      According to a study by Wald et al. (New England Journal of Medicine, 1995), among 110 women with genital herpes, the average number of recurrences per year for those with genital HSV-1 was zero. Other studies have shown an average of about one outbreak per year (Benedetti, Annals of Internal Medicine, 1994).

      Similarly, HSV-2 infection in theoral area-outside its site of preference-very rarely causes problems. First of all, oral, HSV-2 infections are rare, for reasons discussed below. But even when an infection occurs, recurrent outbreaks are uncommon. In one study (Lafferty et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 1987), oral HSV-2 recurred an average of 0.01 times a year in newly infected people. "I've never convincingly seen an oral type 2 recurrence," says Spruance.

      A possible fourth factor affecting recurrence rate is viral type. According to the Lafferty study, genital HSV-2 infections were the most frequently recurring herpes infections, followed by oral HSV-1, genital HSV-1, and last of all, oral HSV-2.

      How Easily Spread?
      As a number of readers have attested over the years, many people with genital herpes are at least as concerned about transmission-the likelihood of spreading the virus to a partner-as about their own health. On the other hand, few people with oral herpes, share this concern. Is this because one type is more contagious than the other?

      The short answer is no. Both viral types are easily transmitted to their site of preference, and can also be spread to other sites. Both are most contagious during active outbreaks, but are often spread through viral shedding when there are no recognizable symptoms. According to Spruance, people with recurrent oral HSV-1 shed virus in their saliva about 5% of the time even when they show no symptoms. In the first year of infection, people with genital HSV-2 shed virus from the genital area about 6-10% of days when they show no symptoms, and less often over time. (Both of these figures reflect shedding as detected by viral culture.)

      From here, however, the question of transmissibility gets more complicated. Acquisition of one type is more difficult-though certainly possible-if you already have the other type. This is because either type, contracted orally or genitally, causes the body to produce antibodies, some of which are active against both HSV-1 and 2. This acquired immune response gives some limited protection if the body encounters a second type. When a person with a prior HSV infection does contract the second type, the first episode tends to be less severe than when no prior antibodies are present.

      On a practical level, this means oral HSV-1 is often the most easily acquired herpes infection. Usually the first herpes simplex virus that people encounter, oral HSV-1, is typically spread simply by the kind of social kiss that a relative gives a child. Because children have no prior infection with any HSV type, they have no immune defense against the virus.

      By the time they're teenagers or young adults, about 50% of Americans have HSV-1 antibodies in their blood. By the time they are over age 50, some 80-90% of Americans have HSV-1 antibodies.

      By comparison, almost all HSV-2 is encountered after childhood, when people become sexually active. Those who have a prior infection with HSV-1 have an acquired immune response that lowers - though certainly doesn't eliminate-the risk of acquiring HSV-2. According to one study (Mertz, Annals of Internal Medicine,1992), previous oral HSV-1 infection reduces the acquisition of subsequent HSV-2 infection by 40%.

      A prior infection with oral HSV-1 lowers the risk of acquiring genital HSV-1 even further. Studies show that genital HSV-1 infections almost always occur in people who have no prior infection with HSV of either type (Corey, Annals of Internal Medicine, 1983).

      In the absence of prior oral infection, however, HSV-1 spreads easily to the genital area, usually through oral sex. In some countries, such as Japan and parts of Great Britain, genital HSV-1 is as common as genital HSV- 2, or more common.

      "Prevalence rates of genital HSV-1 differ based on the practice of oral sex and on the percentage of people who are HSV-1 positive from childhood," explains Anna Wald, MD researcher at the University of Washington at Seattle.

      Finally, the question of immunity and HSV types is complicated by an additional issue. Some studies suggest that the ganglia themselves may acquire some immunity to HSV after they are exposed to one viral type.

      In the laboratory, infection of ganglia with more than one virus is difficult, suggesting that it may be more difficult to acquire a second HSV type in a location where you already have HSV. A prior genital infection with HSV-1, for example, may give more protection against genital HSV-2 than a prior oral infection with HSV-1.

      What does all this mean on a practical level? Let's look at some examples to find out. Say you have genital HSV-1 and your partner has genital HSV-2. If you have unprotected sex, there is a small but real risk that you will get HSV-2, resulting in more outbreaks and more shedding. "We have documented cases where a person acquires HSV-2 after a prior genital HSV- 1 infection," says Wald. "I don't think it happens often, but it does happen."

      On the other hand, it's very unlikely that your partner will get genital HSV- 1 from you. "I've never seen a case of a person acquiring HSV-1 on top of HSV-2," says Wald. "It's possible, but it would be unusual."

      What if your partner has genital HSV-2 and you perform oral sex on him or her? Will you get HSV- 2 in the mouth? Given the widespread practice of oral sex (some three-quarters of all adults practice it, according to The Social Organization of Sexuality, 1994) and the prevalence of genital HSV-2 infection, you might expect oral HSV-2 to be relatively common. It's not.

      According to one study, almost 100% of recognizable HSV-2 infection is genital (Nahmias, Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases Supplement, 1990). One reason is that most adults are already infected with HSV-1 orally, which provides some immunity against infection with HSV 2. Another reason is that oral HSV-2 rarely reactivates, so even if an infection does exist, no one knows.

      So far we've been talking about transmission of HSV-1 or 2 from its site of preference. What about transmission from another site? Say you acquire genital HSV-1 through oral sex. Can you spread the virus to a partner through genital sex?

      The answer is yes, but probably not as easily as it was spread through oral sex. The main reason is that the virus reactivates and sheds less often outside its site of preference. Only about one quarter of people with genital HSV- 1 shed virus at all in the absence of symptoms, while 55% of people with HSV-2 do (Wald, New England Journal of Medicine, 1995). "Shedding data appear to parallel recurrence data, meaning that people who have a lot of recurrences also have a lot of shedding," says Wald.

      While HSV- 1 can be spread from genitals to genitals, "we think it is spread more easily through oral sex because HSV-1 reactivates more frequently in the oral area," says Wald. However, she warns, "transmission of genital HSV-1 during asymptomatic shedding has been documented." In other words, genital HSV-1 can be spread through genital sex, even when there are no symptoms. "Good" Virus/ "Bad" Virus

      If HSV infection is as easily transmitted from the mouth as from the genitals, then why do people take steps to prevent genital but not oral infection? Why don't we kiss through dental dams ?

      "It's ironic, isn't it?" says Wald. "It's not about health, it's about social acceptability."

      Scientists can tell us all day that the main difference between the two viral types is simply their site of preference-whether they typically occur above the waist or below. But the unspoken attitudes of our society send a different message. That's just the problem, social attitudes whisper. Below the waist is bad.

      "People think of oral herpes as the "good" herpes and genital herpes as the "bad" kind," says Glover of the National Herpes Hotline. "It's partly that they don't understand the similarities between HSV-1 and 2. But it's also that good and bad is how our culture views sex and our bodies."

      The inescapable fact is that HSV-1 is usually spread through contact with infected lips, while HSV-2 usually spread through contact with infected genitals. From a social point of view, the problem is not the disease; it's how you got it.

      Whether we like it or not, the social prejudice against genital herpes, no matter which virus causes it, is a reality. "People have more trouble explaining to a new partner that they have genital herpes, even if it's HSV- 1, than if they have a cold sore," says Glover. "Just saying the word "genital" is like an anvil that pulls the sentence down".

      Is this topic making you crazy? For people who have trouble dealing with social attitudes toward genital herpes, the blatant double standard society applies to oral herpes can be frustrating, to say the least.

      "Talk to a wise friend," suggests Rebecca, a health communication specialist on the National Herpes Hotline. "Join a support group. Find Someone you respect and exchange ideas them. It's always reassuring to see that not everyone lives inside the walls our society builds around sexual issues and realities. "

      It's also worth hoping that new research on the similarities between HSV-1 and 2, as well as increased public education about genital herpes, can help lower the level of misunderstanding about both types of the virus. Today, the greatest difference between HSV- 1 and 2 appears to be the way we think about them. Tomorrow, that may change....

      Many thanks to the American Social Health Association for this article

  20. QUESTION:
    What are 4 viral diseases that attack man?

    • ANSWER:
      Have your pick:

      AIDS
      HIV
      Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
      Chicken pox
      Smallpox
      Hepatitis A-E
      Herpes Simplex (HSV) 1 and 2
      Influenza
      The common cold (rhinovirus)
      Mononucleosis
      Measles
      Mumps
      Rubella
      Polio
      Rabies
      Shingles
      Yellow Fever
      Ebola
      West Nile
      Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
      Viral encephalitis
      Viral meningitis
      Viral pneumonia
      Dengue fever

      The list could continue...

  21. QUESTION:
    what is the prognosis for genital herpes?
    im doing a project on genital herpes and i cant find wht the prognosis-expected outcome is

    • ANSWER:
      To bring a little more reality to the question, ask yourself what the prognosis is for people with HSV-1 (oral herpes/cold sores). Are you doomed to a life of medication? Do people avoid you like the plague? Do you walk around 365 days a year with huge, honkin' cold sores? Does it keep you from dating? Getting engaged? Getting married? Getting pregnant? Having healthy children? Heck NO!

      Now, since the "cold sore" can be passed to the genitals during oral sex, what does THAT do to your life? Are you doomed to a life of medication? Do you walk around 365 days a year with huge, honkin' cold sores on your genitals? Do people avoid you like the plague? Does it keep you from dating? Getting engaged? Getting married? Getting pregnant? Having children? HECK NO!

      Under the microscope, oral herpes (HSV-1) and genital herpes (HSV-2) are virtually identical. At least two-thirds of infected people have no symptoms, or symptoms too mild to notice. However, both types can recur and spread even when no symptoms are present.

      HSV-1 is usually mild, especially when it infects the lips, face, or genitals. However, in some cases type 1 can recur spontaneously in the eye, causing ocular herpes, a potentially serious infection which can lead to blindness. In very rare cases HSV- 1 can spread spontaneously to the brain, causing herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that can lead to death. HSV-1 is also the usual cause of herpes whitlow, an infection on the finger, and "wrestler's herpes," (herpes gladiatorum) a herpes infection on the chest or face. In fact, in many high schools today, athletes MUST take antiviral meds to prevent the spread of herpes gladiatorum or they cannot participate in many contact sports.

      So, ORAL herpes is far more devastating than you thought, too, huh? Doctors think so!

      Now about genital herpes. There are many, many celebrities, athletes, other high-profile people who have genital herpes (HSV-2), and they're popular been married, have kids, date--and you read about their social life all the time in the magazines. (Do the research--you can find who is infected online!) So, what was the prognosis for them? Did it affect their lives? Did they stop being athletes? Being in movies? Being rock stars or comedians? Nope!

      In fact, some people will have one outbreak of genital herpes (or oral herpes) and NEVER have another outbreak in their lives. While people often react badly when first diagnosed with either type, it isn't long before life goes on pretty much as it always has: making sure to be sexually responsible and avoiding other, far more serious (even fatal) STDs that have a greater impact on your health and future than herpes (remember, chickenpox, mono, Epstein-Barr, and shingles are ALSO herpes!).

      There is far too much being made of BOTH oral herpes and genital herpes--and a lot of totally bogus misinformation, particularly here on Yahoo Answers. Use the sources below to educate yourself.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does HSV-1 get worse when you're really old?
    I have HSV-1, I think I got it when I was a kid like a little over 10 years ago but I'm wondering about when I get older like around that really old age when the immune system is weak. Does that mean the HSV-1 will give me more outbreaks at that age and is it going to spread more on my body, do the antibodies like deterioriate at that age, like when I would need flu shots?

    I think my grandmother has it and she seems fine, I believe she's near 80. But I'm not too sure...

    I am still hopeful for a cure though, Harvard said they found a cure for herpes in mice and Duke University said they knew how it stays hidden and now they're trying to find something so it can't hide and remains active and anti-viral drugs can fully kill it.

    • ANSWER:
      This is true, you could get more outbreaks as your immune system wanes. But more scary, herpes can cause really nasty diseases like encephalitis or keratitis. So if your herpes gets really bad, it can eat away at your brain and make you blind.

      Better pray for that cure!

  23. QUESTION:
    I have Polymyalgia and been on Prednisone for 12 mths. Pred lowers your resistance to infections so can it ...?
    can it cause an infection like herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      "Prednisone"
      Additional short-term side-effects include insomnia, euphoria, and, rarely, mania (particularly in those suffering from Bipolar I and II).

      This drug is used for a variety of illnesses and should NOT be abruptly stopped without medical advice, as there are side-effects when stopping, abruptly.

      I would doubt that it would cause HERPES (the kissing disease)
      I doubt it very much so.
      Why do U ask?? Herpes is spread..

      Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by both herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Genital herpes, commonly known simply as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes. Other disorders such as herpetic whitlow, herpes gladiatorum, ocular herpes (keratitis), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes, and possibly Bell's palsy are all caused by herpes simplex viruses.
      Prednisone doesnt come into the equation..

      Hope all this Info assists U.

  24. QUESTION:
    what does herpes on a vagina look like? and what does it feel like?
    what are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by Herpes simplex viruses; both herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) cause herpes simplex. Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Infection of the genitals, commonly known as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes. Other disorders such as herpetic whitlow, herpes gladiatorum, ocular herpes (keratitis), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes, and possibly Bell's palsy are all caused by herpes simplex viruses.

      Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disease—presenting as blisters containing infectious virus particles—that last 2–21 days, followed by a remission period, during which the sores disappear. Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic, though viral shedding may still occur. After initial infection, the viruses move to sensory nerves, where they reside as life-long, latent viruses. Causes of recurrence are uncertain, though some potential triggers have been identified. Over time episodes of active disease reduce in frequency.

      Herpes simplex is most easily transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable, but not failsafe, method of preventing transmission of herpes. Oral herpes is easily diagnosed if the patient presents with visible sores or ulcers. Early stages of orofacial herpes and genital herpes are harder to diagnose; laboratory testing is usually required. Prevalence of HSV infections varies throughout the world. Poor hygiene, overcrowding, lower socioeconomic status, and birth in an undeveloped country have been identified as risk factors associated with increased HSV-1 childhood infection. Additional studies have identified other risk factors for both types of HSV.

      There is currently no cure for herpes; no vaccine is currently available to prevent or eliminate herpes. However, treatments are available to reduce viral reproduction and shedding, prevent the virus from entering the skin, and alleviate the severity of symptomatic episodes.
      Following the classification HSV into two distinct categories of HSV-1 and HSV-2 in the 60s, [4][5]It was established that "HSV-2 was below the waist, HSV-1 was above the waist. Although genital herpes is largely believed to be caused by HSV-2, genital HSV-1 infections are increasing and now exceed 50% in certain populations, [6][7][8] and that rule of thumb no longer applies. Although HSV is believed to be asymptomatic in the majority of cases, thus aiding contagion and hindering containment, when symptomatic, the typical manifestation of a primary HSV-1 or HSV-2 genital infection is clusters of inflamed papules and vesicles on the outer surface of the genitals resembling cold sores.[9] These usually appear 4–7 days after sexual exposure to HSV for the first time.[1] Genital HSV-1 infection recurs at rate of about one sixth of that of genital HSV-2. [10]In males, the lesions occur on the shaft of the penis or other parts of the genital region, on the inner thigh, buttocks, or anus. In females, lesions appear on or near the pubis, labia, clitoris, vulva, buttocks or anus.[9] Other common symptoms include pain, itching, and burning. Less frequent, yet still common, symptoms include discharge from the penis or vagina, fever, headache, muscle pain (myalgia), swollen and enlarged lymph nodes and malaise.[1] Women often experience additional symptoms that include painful urination (dysuria) and cervicitis. Herpetic proctitis (inflammation of the anus and rectum) is common for individuals participating in anal intercourse.[1] After 2–3 weeks, existing lesions progress into ulcers and then crust and heal, although lesions on mucosal surfaces may never form crusts.[1]

      Looks like exactly Chicken Pox

  25. QUESTION:
    say someone has a cold sore and they did oral is it possible to get type 2 herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      There are two different strains of herpes simplex viruses.

      Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is usually associated with infections of the lips, mouth, and face. It is the most common herpes simplex virus among the general population and is usually acquired in childhood.

      HSV-1 often causes lesions inside the mouth such as cold sores (fever blisters) and is transmitted by contact with infected saliva. By adulthood, up to 90% of individuals will have antibodies to HSV-1.

      Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is sexually transmitted and is usually associated with genital ulcers or sores. Individuals may, however, harbor HSV-2 and not have developed any symptoms. Up to 30% of U.S. adults have antibodies against HSV.

      Cross-infection of type 1 and 2 viruses may occur from oral-genital contact.

      In addition to oral and genital lesions, the virus can also lead to complications such as meningoencephalitis (infection of the lining of the brain and the brain itself) or cause infection of the eye -- in particular the conjunctiva, and cornea.

      For more health information on herpes simplex virus visit your doctor.

      Who gets it?
      This is the most common sexually transmitted infection worldwide. It is most prevalent in 16-24 males and females.

      Predisposing Factors
      Unprotected sex with an infected individual or coming into direct contact with body fluids (eg. blood).

      Recurrences of Herpes may be precipitated by overexposure to sunlight, fever, stress, acute illness, and medications or conditions that weaken the immune system (such as cancer, HIV/AIDS). and use of corticosteroids).

      Progression
      The disease is transmitted during close contact with a person who is shedding the virus. Most genital herpes is due to HSV type 2 although genital contact with oral lesions caused by HSV-1 can also produce genital infection.

      Probable Outcomes
      The oral or genital lesions usually heal on their own in 7 to 10 days unless an individual has an underlying condition that weakens the immune system, in which case the infection may be more severe and last longer.

      Once infected, the virus stays in the body for the rest of a person's life and recurrences of active infection may occur. Recurrences may be precipitated by overexposure to sunlight, fever, stress, acute illness, and medications or conditions that weaken the immune system (such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, or use of corticosteroids).

      How is it diagnosed?
      Swabs should be taken from the lesions and the virus should be able to be isolated to confirm a diagnosis of HSV.

      How is it treated?
      Primary HSV:
      Saltwater bathing or sitting in a warm bath may helf the patient to pass urine more comfortly. If the lesions are still moist, aciclovir, famciclovir and valaciclovir can be useful (but useless if the lesions are crusting).
      - Rest, analgesia and antipyretics should be advised.

      If HSV encephalitis is suspected, patients may need to be admitted to hospital and administered with aciclovir intravenously.

      Recurrence:
      Recurrent attacks are usually less severe and can be helped by saltwater bathing.

      However, psychological morbidity is common and recurrence imposes strain on relationships and patients need considerable support.

      Patients with frequent recurrences may be given long-term suppressive aciclovir therapy (400mg twice daily) or 500mg valaciclovir daily for 6-12 months to reduce the frequency of attacks.

      Infection during pregnancy may spread to the neonate either transplacentally or via the birth canal (especially if it is primary HSV). Treatment in the 1st or 2nd trimester will depend on the mother's condition. Aciclovir may be prescribed in standard doses. Aciclovir therapy during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy may prevent recurrence at term.
      Primary acquisition during the third trimester or at term with high levels of viral shedding usually leads to delivery by caesarean section.

      For women with previous infection, the risk of baby acquiring HSV from the birth canal is low. Usually only women with genital lesions at the onset of labour deliver by caesarean section.

      Sexual intercourse should be avoided when infectious lesions are present. Condoms may not provide an effective barrier as lesions may occur outside the areas covered. Sexual partners should be examined and may need to be informed on how to avoid infection.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can you touch someone with herpes 1 at all?
    My brother got diagnosed with HSV 1 a few days ago. I am really iffy about it because he lives with us. Is it safe to touch him. The reason i'm asking this is because he handed me something and I wasn't sure if I should be touching what he had just touched but I didnt want to hurt his feelings so I took it anyway.

    I just need help. Since he's living with us, what kind of precautions should I take? (ie food wise, touching etc)
    Should I take sliced bread from the same pack he just did since he probably touched more than what he took. Sorry Im just really worried, and kinda scared since the last thing i want is cold sores as a 16 yr old.

    • ANSWER:
      "HSV-1 and -2 are transmitted horizontally during close contact with an infected person who is shedding virus from the skin, often in saliva or in secretions from the genitals. Transmission is more likely to occur when sores are present, although viral shedding and transmission can occur in the absence of visible sores[3] and most HSV-2 infections result from asymptomatic shedding.[4] HSV-1 is usually acquired orally during childhood, but may also be sexually transmitted. HSV-2 is primarily a sexually transmitted infection.[3]

      Both viruses may also be transmitted vertically from mother to child before or during childbirth.[5] The risk of infection is reduced if the mother has no symptoms or exposed blisters during delivery. Some forms of HSV can be fatal to the infant,[6] as the developing immune system of the child is unable to defend against the virus, resulting in inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) that may cause brain damage.

      Symptoms resulting from primary infection with HSV are usually more severe than subsequent outbreaks, as the body has not had a chance to produce antibodies. This first outbreak carries a low (≈1%) risk of developing aseptic meningitis.[1]"

      I think your safe. Just don't use the same forks/knives and cups he uses. Anything that he puts in his mouth you shouldn't touch or throw it away. Make sure your toothbrushes don't touch and stuff like that. Don't touch any of his sores or wounds if he has any or any part of his skin that might be shedding. Other than that you'll be safe. Check out the article in my source, might help you.

      Good luck.

  27. QUESTION:
    herpes -- obligation to tell others?
    My co-worker told me over a year ago that she has genital and oral herpes. This didn't bother me until recently.

    Our office used to supply the break room with disposable utensils. Now, because of the economy, we are going to be using the silverware.

    I looked at www.webmd.com and it says:

    "Cold sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV)-Type 1, which is transmitted by such forms of contact as kissing an infected person or sharing eating utensils, towels, or razors. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes simplex virus Type 2. A person with a cold sore who performs oral sex on another person can give that person genital lesions with HSV-1."

    I have told my co-worker (the one with the herpes) that I will not use the provided silverware since I have a ton of plastic ones from Costco at home (I really don't I just told her that so she'll do the same). She told me that she is going to do the same or bring her own silverware (I guess it worked!). Then she used the silverware from the break room (It didn't work after all!)....

    At home she has her own plates, glass, etc. that no body else can use because she is protecting her family. I know that she has no regards for others as she is still giving BJs to people that doesn't know about her herpes even though her cold sore is out. Her cold sore is very small, I can see it everyday (it doesn't go away) because I know where it is, others won't be able to tell unless they stare at her lips. I argued with her about being open to her partners numerous times but she just doesn't care.

    I've also read that "telephones and utensils also would pose minimal risk" on transmitting herpes. It doesn't say NO RISK. How ever small the risk might be, I don't think anybody would take that chance so please don't tell me to don't worry about it and that I or the others will LESS LIKELY catch it. Once you have it, it stays for life and a big hassle (she complains to me a lot!). The infection from a cold sore may cause blindness if it spreads to the eye and meningitis or encephalitis if it spreads to the brain.

    I don't feel that I have the right to tell our other co-workers about this. But I don't think I can just sit down either, I feel that they have the right to know so they can take precautions like I do. If she won't tell her partners (yes more than one!) about her condition she certainly won't tell our co-workers. What should I do?!?
    On our previous lunch meeting, our other co-worker offered her to taste her soup. And she did!! With the spoon she already put in her mouth!! She should have declined but instead she offered the other co-worker to taste hers too!! This is how negligible she is. If she is taking precaution to not spread her herpes I wouldn't worry at all. But she's not!!
    Kerry... Where have you read that "if the utensils are washed there is not a risk of anyone contracting HSV-1 from her."?

    Webmd doesn't say that. It says "transmitted by such forms of contact as kissing an infected person or sharing eating utensils, towels, or razors." Nothing about if washed then it's okay.

    Kp.org says the same thing:

    How can you prevent cold sores?

    There are some things you can do to keep from getting the herpes simplex virus.

    * Avoid coming into contact with infected body fluids, such as kissing an infected person.
    * Avoid sharing eating utensils, drinking cups, or other items that a person with a cold sore may have used.

    The least I've seen from a medical website is "minimal risk". The point is THERE'S STILL A RISK. The only people I've heard from saying that "there's no risk" are ordinary people without medical background.

    If it's passed to the other co-workers, they can easily pass it to their family and friends. Why should they suffer?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are so worried about this send a letter to HR anonomously sighting the fact you heard someone may have XYZ and then quote what you quoted here. and then state your concerns.

      hopefully HR will take care of the Issue for you.

  28. QUESTION:
    hi i read that herpes type 1 can travel to the brain..if i have herpes type 2..help?
    if i have herpes type 2 on mouth will it travel to the brain,in rare occasions?
    I dont have herpes type 1

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes HSV-1 is the most common cause of viral encephalitis in adults and teenagers, and HSV-2 causes encephalitis in infants. HSV-2 does not cause encephalitis beyond infancy.

  29. QUESTION:
    What exactly is herpes?
    What is it I appreciate your answers!

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by Herpes simplex viruses; both herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) cause herpes simplex. Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Infection of the genitals, commonly known as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes. Other disorders such as herpetic whitlow, herpes gladiatorum, ocular herpes (keratitis), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes, and possibly Bell's palsy are all caused by herpes simplex viruses.

      Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disease—presenting as blisters containing infectious virus particles—that last 2–21 days, followed by a remission period, during which the sores disappear. Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic, though viral shedding may still occur. After initial infection, the viruses move to sensory nerves, where they reside as life-long, latent viruses. Causes of recurrence are uncertain, though some potential triggers have been identified. Over time episodes of active disease reduce in frequency.

      Herpes simplex is most easily transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable, but not failsafe, method of preventing transmission of herpes. Oral herpes is easily diagnosed if the patient presents with visible sores or ulcers. Early stages of orofacial herpes and genital herpes are harder to diagnose; laboratory testing is usually required. Prevalence of HSV infections varies throughout the world. Poor hygiene, overcrowding, lower socioeconomic status, and birth in an undeveloped country have been identified as risk factors associated with increased HSV-1 childhood infection. Additional studies have identified other risk factors for both types of HSV.

  30. QUESTION:
    if you have a cold sore does it mean you you have herpes?

    is it bad to have this though???
    like is it dangerous???

    • ANSWER:
      Please do your own research as there is a lot of mis-information on this site. A cold sore is HSV-1. Herpes type 1. It can be transferred to a partners genitals during oral sex and that is one of the main cause NOW for genital herpes.

      The common myth is that HSV-1 causes a mild infection that is occasionally bothersome, but never dangerous. The reality? HSV-1 is usually mild, especially when it infects the lips, face, or genitals. However, in some cases type 1 can recur spontaneously in the eye, causing ocular herpes, a potentially serious infection which can lead to blindness. In very rare cases HSV- 1 can spread spontaneously to the brain, causing herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that can lead to death. HSV-1 is also the usual cause of herpes whitlow, an infection on the finger, and "wrestler's herpes," (herpes gladiatorum) a herpes infection on the chest or face.

      .

  31. QUESTION:
    Are the cold sores that we see on our lips the same as the ones that we see on our genitals called herpes ?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, How alike are HSV-1 and HSV-2? In this feature, we look at the latest scientific facts about the two types of herpes simplex virus, as well as social attitudes toward oral and genital herpes.

      When many people first tell someone they have genital herpes, they start by comparing the infection to oral herpes, or cold sores. How apt is the comparison? In spite of scientific facts, the social stigma and emotional attitudes surrounding genital herpes can make it hard to compare it objectively with an oral infection that most people casually accept. Following the unspoken assumptions of our society, many people still believe there is a "good" herpes virus-HSV- 1, the usual cause of cold sores-and a "bad" herpes virus-HSV-2, the usual cause of genital herpes.

      In this feature, we take a look at HSV- 1 and 2 to see how alike and different the two viral types really are. We asked leading researchers how the two compare in terms of severity, recurrences, and transmission rates. We asked how often each occurs outside its usual site of preference, and how each behaves in the genital area. We questioned how much immunity having one type orally or genitally provides against getting the second type.

      In addition, we looked at the way our society views oral and genital herpes. What's behind the very different images the two types carry? And what can we do about it? In an interview, counselors at the National Herpes Hotline suggest ways to help replace judgmental social assumptions with a healthy attitude.

      Under a microscope, HSV- 1 and 2 are virtually identical, sharing approximately 50% of their DNA. Both types infect the body's mucosal surfaces, usually the mouth or genitals, and then establish latency in the nervous system. For both types, at least two-thirds of infected people have no symptoms, or symptoms too mild to notice. However, both types can recur and spread even when no symptoms are present.

      The primary difference between the two viral types is in where they typically establish latency in the body- their "site of preference." HSV-1 usually establishes latency in the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. From there, it tends to recur on the lower lip or face. HSV-2 usually sets up residence in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine. From there, it recurs in the genital area .

      Even this difference is not absolute either type can reside in either or both parts of the body and infect oral and/or genital areas. Unfortunately, many people aren't aware of this, which contributes both to the spread of type 1 and to the misperception that the two types are fundamentally different.

      "People don't understand that you can have type 1 genitally or orally, that the two types are essentially the same virus,' says Marshall Clover, manager of the National Herpes Hotline." One type is associated with stigma, the other is "'just a cold sore"- our society has a euphemism for it so we don't even have to acknowledge that it's herpes.''

      The common myth is that HSV-1 causes a mild infection that is occasionally bothersome, but never dangerous. The reality? HSV-1 is usually mild, especially when it infects the lips, face, or genitals. However, in some cases type 1 can recur spontaneously in the eye, causing ocular herpes, a potentially serious infection which can lead to blindness. In very rare cases HSV- 1 can spread spontaneously to the brain, causing herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that can lead to death. HSV-1 is also the usual cause of herpes whitlow, an infection on the finger, and "wrestler's herpes," (herpes gladiatorum) a herpes infection on the chest or face.

      The range and potential severity of HSV-1 infections lead some experts to view the virus as more risky than usually perceived. "This is heresy, but I think type 1 is a more significant infection than type 2," says Spotswood Spruance, MD, an oral HSV specialist at the University of Utah. "Type 1, and the morbidity associated with it, are underestimated."

      By comparison, HSV-2 is widely believed to be a painful, dangerous infection that affects only people with very active sex lives. The reality? Some 22% of adult Americans from all backgrounds, income levels, and ethnic groups have HSV-2. Like HSV-1, type 2 is usually mild-so mild that two- thirds of infected people don't even know they have it. Type 2 rarely causes complications or spreads to other parts of the body. It is the most common cause of neonatal herpes, a rare but dangerous infection in newborns; however, type 1 causes up to one-third of neonatal infections.

      The two types do behave somewhat differently depending on whether they are residing in their site of preference-the mouth and face for HSV-1, and the genital area for HSV-2. But both types are quite common, and under most circumstances neither is a major health threat. That's one reason medical professionals tend to dismiss HSV -2 despite the emotional trauma a diagnosis can cause for a patient.

      While HSV can be a frustrating and painful condition for some people, in general the virus is less a medical problem than a social problem. For most of us, genital herpes is no more dangerous than a cold sore.

      How Many Outbreaks?
      Just how much of a physical problem HSV poses for a person depends largely on three factors. The first is how well the person's immune system is able to control the infection.

      Differences in immune response may be the main reason that some people are bothered by frequent cold sores or genital herpes outbreaks while others are not. It's also the reason that both HSV-1 and 2 can pose serious challenges for infants, who have a limited immune response; and for people with compromised immune systems, including people with cancer, AIDS, severe burns, and people taking immunosuppressant medications.

      The second factor affecting outbreaks is how long a person has had the infection. Over time, recurrences of both HSV- 1 and 2 tend to decrease, for reasons that aren't entirely clear.

      In the case of oral HSV-1, many of the approximately 100 million Americans who are infected acquired the virus when they were children. By the time they're adults, only some 5% of people are bothered enough to consider oral HSV-1 a medical problem, according to Spruance.

      On the other hand, almost all of the approximately 40 million Americans infected with HSV-2 acquired the virus as teenagers or adults. In the first year, those who have recurring outbreaks experience an average of four to six episodes. Over time, as with oral infections, the number of outbreaks usually drops off.

      A third factor influencing the frequency of HSV -1 and 2 outbreaks is whether the virus is established in its site of preference. While HSV can infect both genital and oral areas, both types cause milder infections when they are away from "home" territory. Outside their site of preference, both type 1 and 2 lose most of their punch.

      For example, most people infected with HSV-1 in the genital area have few, if any, outbreaks after the initial episode, far fewer than is typical with either oral HSV-1 or genital HSV-2. While experts estimate that some 30% of genital herpes infections in the United States may be caused by HSV-1, only 2- 5% of recurring genital outbreaks are caused by HSV-1. Research conducted by Lawrence Corey, MD, and colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle shows that genital HSV-2 recurs 10 times more often than genital HSV-1.

      According to a study by Wald et al. (New England Journal of Medicine, 1995), among 110 women with genital herpes, the average number of recurrences per year for those with genital HSV-1 was zero. Other studies have shown an average of about one outbreak per year (Benedetti, Annals of Internal Medicine, 1994).

      Similarly, HSV-2 infection in theoral area-outside its site of preference-very rarely causes problems. First of all, oral, HSV-2 infections are rare, for reasons discussed below. But even when an infection occurs, recurrent outbreaks are uncommon. In one study (Lafferty et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 1987), oral HSV-2 recurred an average of 0.01 times a year in newly infected people. "I've never convincingly seen an oral type 2 recurrence," says Spruance.

      A possible fourth factor affecting recurrence rate is viral type. According to the Lafferty study, genital HSV-2 infections were the most frequently recurring herpes infections, followed by oral HSV-1, genital HSV-1, and last of all, oral HSV-2.

      How Easily Spread?
      As a number of readers have attested over the years, many people with genital herpes are at least as concerned about transmission-the likelihood of spreading the virus to a partner-as about their own health. On the other hand, few people with oral herpes, share this concern. Is this because one type is more contagious than the other?

      The short answer is no. Both viral types are easily transmitted to their site of preference, and can also be spread to other sites. Both are most contagious during active outbreaks, but are often spread through viral shedding when there are no recognizable symptoms. According to Spruance, people with recurrent oral HSV-1 shed virus in their saliva about 5% of the time even when they show no symptoms. In the first year of infection, people with genital HSV-2 shed virus from the genital area about 6-10% of days when they show no symptoms, and less often over time. (Both of these figures reflect shedding as detected by viral culture.)

      From here, however, the question of transmissibility gets more complicated. Acquisition of one type is more difficult-though certainly possible-if you already have the other type. This is because either type, contracted orally or genitally, causes the body to produce antibodies, some of which are active against both HSV-1 and 2. This acquired immune response gives some limited protection if the body encounters a second type. When a person with a prior HSV infection does contract the second type, the first episode tends to be less severe than when no prior antibodies are present.

      On a practical level, this means oral HSV-1 is often the most easily acquired herpes infection. Usually the first herpes simplex virus that people encounter, oral HSV-1, is typically spread simply by the kind of social kiss that a relative gives a child. Because children have no prior infection with any HSV type, they have no immune defense against the virus.

      By the time they're teenagers or young adults, about 50% of Americans have HSV-1 antibodies in their blood. By the time they are over age 50, some 80-90% of Americans have HSV-1 antibodies.

      By comparison, almost all HSV-2 is encountered after childhood, when people become sexually active. Those who have a prior infection with HSV-1 have an acquired immune response that lowers - though certainly doesn't eliminate-the risk of acquiring HSV-2. According to one study (Mertz, Annals of Internal Medicine,1992), previous oral HSV-1 infection reduces the acquisition of subsequent HSV-2 infection by 40%.

      A prior infection with oral HSV-1 lowers the risk of acquiring genital HSV-1 even further. Studies show that genital HSV-1 infections almost always occur in people who have no prior infection with HSV of either type (Corey, Annals of Internal Medicine, 1983).

      In the absence of prior oral infection, however, HSV-1 spreads easily to the genital area, usually through oral sex. In some countries, such as Japan and parts of Great Britain, genital HSV-1 is as common as genital HSV- 2, or more common.

      "Prevalence rates of genital HSV-1 differ based on the practice of oral sex and on the percentage of people who are HSV-1 positive from childhood," explains Anna Wald, MD researcher at the University of Washington at Seattle.

      Finally, the question of immunity and HSV types is complicated by an additional issue. Some studies suggest that the ganglia themselves may acquire some immunity to HSV after they are exposed to one viral type.

      In the laboratory, infection of ganglia with more than one virus is difficult, suggesting that it may be more difficult to acquire a second HSV type in a location where you already have HSV. A prior genital infection with HSV-1, for example, may give more protection against genital HSV-2 than a prior oral infection with HSV-1.

      What does all this mean on a practical level? Let's look at some examples to find out. Say you have genital HSV-1 and your partner has genital HSV-2. If you have unprotected sex, there is a small but real risk that you will get HSV-2, resulting in more outbreaks and more shedding. "We have documented cases where a person acquires HSV-2 after a prior genital HSV- 1 infection," says Wald. "I don't think it happens often, but it does happen."

      On the other hand, it's very unlikely that your partner will get genital HSV- 1 from you. "I've never seen a case of a person acquiring HSV-1 on top of HSV-2," says Wald. "It's possible, but it would be unusual."

      What if your partner has genital HSV-2 and you perform oral sex on him or her? Will you get HSV- 2 in the mouth? Given the widespread practice of oral sex (some three-quarters of all adults practice it, according to The Social Organization of Sexuality, 1994) and the prevalence of genital HSV-2 infection, you might expect oral HSV-2 to be relatively common. It's not.

      According to one study, almost 100% of recognizable HSV-2 infection is genital (Nahmias, Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases Supplement, 1990). One reason is that most adults are already infected with HSV-1 orally, which provides some immunity against infection with HSV 2. Another reason is that oral HSV-2 rarely reactivates, so even if an infection does exist, no one knows.

      So far we've been talking about transmission of HSV-1 or 2 from its site of preference. What about transmission from another site? Say you acquire genital HSV-1 through oral sex. Can you spread the virus to a partner through genital sex?

      The answer is yes, but probably not as easily as it was spread through oral sex. The main reason is that the virus reactivates and sheds less often outside its site of preference. Only about one quarter of people with genital HSV- 1 shed virus at all in the absence of symptoms, while 55% of people with HSV-2 do (Wald, New England Journal of Medicine, 1995). "Shedding data appear to parallel recurrence data, meaning that people who have a lot of recurrences also have a lot of shedding," says Wald.

      While HSV- 1 can be spread from genitals to genitals, "we think it is spread more easily through oral sex because HSV-1 reactivates more frequently in the oral area," says Wald. However, she warns, "transmission of genital HSV-1 during asymptomatic shedding has been documented." In other words, genital HSV-1 can be spread through genital sex, even when there are no symptoms. "Good" Virus/ "Bad" Virus

      If HSV infection is as easily transmitted from the mouth as from the genitals, then why do people take steps to prevent genital but not oral infection? Why don't we kiss through dental dams ?

      "It's ironic, isn't it?" says Wald. "It's not about health, it's about social acceptability."

      Scientists can tell us all day that the main difference between the two viral types is simply their site of preference-whether they typically occur above the waist or below. But the unspoken attitudes of our society send a different message. That's just the problem, social attitudes whisper. Below the waist is bad.

      "People think of oral herpes as the "good" herpes and genital herpes as the "bad" kind," says Glover of the National Herpes Hotline. "It's partly that they don't understand the similarities between HSV-1 and 2. But it's also that good and bad is how our culture views sex and our bodies."

      The inescapable fact is that HSV-1 is usually spread through contact with infected lips, while HSV-2 usually spread through contact with infected genitals. From a social point of view, the problem is not the disease; it's how you got it.

      Whether we like it or not, the social prejudice against genital herpes, no matter which virus causes it, is a reality. "People have more trouble explaining to a new partner that they have genital herpes, even if it's HSV- 1, than if they have a cold sore," says Glover. "Just saying the word "genital" is like an anvil that pulls the sentence down".

      Is this topic making you crazy? For people who have trouble dealing with social attitudes toward genital herpes, the blatant double standard society applies to oral herpes can be frustrating, to say the least.

      "Talk to a wise friend," suggests Rebecca, a health communication specialist on the National Herpes Hotline. "Join a support group. Find Someone you respect and exchange ideas them. It's always reassuring to see that not everyone lives inside the walls our society builds around sexual issues and realities. "

      It's also worth hoping that new research on the similarities between HSV-1 and 2, as well as increased public education about genital herpes, can help lower the level of misunderstanding about both types of the virus. Today, the greatest difference between HSV- 1 and 2 appears to be the way we think about them.

  32. QUESTION:
    Need Encephalitis info?
    My friends lickle girl has got encephalitis. She is eight and has had it 2 other times since she was six. Her first time was after she had chicken pox, The doctors havent really given an explanation why it keeps happening and my friend is worried about how to prevent it again. Also how serious is this problem and could lilly die from it?

    • ANSWER:
      What Causes Encephalitis?

      Doctors know surprisingly little about the causes of encephalitis. Outbreaks of encephalitis in a community are usually linked to insect-borne viruses, like the West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes that sickened more than 50 and led to seven deaths in the New York City area in 1999.

      But many more encephalitis cases are isolated, and usually even the most diligent attempts to pinpoint a cause fail.

      Viruses and bacteria are believed to account for most cases, but a specific germ is positively identified in fewer than half of all cases.

      The virus gets into the body through insect bites, skin contact, or in food or drink. The viruses may be carried by mosquitoes or ticks (see arboviruses), especially in rural areas. In urban areas, other types of viruses, usually enteroviruses (see below), may be responsible.

      Rabies, passed to people when they are bitten or scratched by an infected animal, causes a deadly form of encephalitis, but is exceedingly rare.

      Better known viruses like measles, mumps, rubella, and herpes may also cause encephalitis.

      In post-infectious encephalomyelitis, the body apparently overacts to more common infections, like measles (measles encephalitis) and the flu, attacking protective coatings around brain and nerve cells. It has been likened to an "allergic reaction" to an earlier infection. Fortunately it is rare. Measles encephalitis can be particularly severe.

      While there are more than 100 germs known to cause encephalitis, some of the more common are:

      * Enteroviruses, which live in the gut and are and spread via feces. Most of these cases are mild with no lasting effects. However, death can occur in rare, very severe cases. They are most likely to appear in summer and fall. They include echovirus, coxsackievirus, and many other viruses.

      * Herpes Simplex Virus, type 1 and type 2. These viruses are responsible for more serious cases. HSV type 2 (genital herpes) is usually passed from a mother to her newborn during delivery. HSV type 1 (which causes cold sores and is carried by most adults) lies dormant in most people, but can become activated and travel to the brain by an infection or another trigger.

      * Arboviruses, which are viruses spread by insects, can cause St. Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis and Eastern equine encephalitis. The most common is California encephalitis, particularly the strain called La Crosse, which is found mostly in the Midwest and eastern United States. Arboviruses are most likely to appear in summer and fall.

      Bacterial causes of encephalitis include mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) and Bartonella henselae, also known as cat scratch disease because that is how it is usually transmitted.

      More rarely, encephalitis can be triggered by a brain injury, a brain tumor, drug reactions, or a poison (e.g., lead poisoning), or by as a reaction to a vaccine.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can anorexia + alcoholism cause amnesia?
    I have a friend who unfortunately is both anorexic and alcoholic and recently she has collapsed, which has caused her to go to the hospital. When she woke up, she didn't know who she was. She acts as if she is suffering from amnesia but I wonder if that is possible coming form anorexia + alcoholism. Doctors seem confused too.

    Does someone know if these two thinks combined can cause amnesia? Also, is there any methods to see if people are faking amnesia?

    • ANSWER:
      Causes
      By Mayo Clinic staff

      Normal memory function involves many parts of the brain, and any disease or injury that affects the brain can interfere with the intricacies of memory. Amnesia can result from damage to brain structures that form the limbic system, which controls your emotions and memories. These structures include the thalamus, which lies deep within the center of your brain, and the hippocampal formations, which are located within the temporal lobes of your brain.

      An amnestic syndrome caused by brain injury or damage is known as neurological or organic amnesia. Possible causes of neurological amnesia include:

      Stroke
      Brain inflammation (encephalitis) resulting from infection with a virus such as herpes simplex virus (HSV) or as an autoimmune reaction to cancer somewhere else in the body (paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis, or PLE)
      Lack of adequate oxygen in the brain (for example, from heart attack, respiratory distress or carbon monoxide poisoning)
      Long-term alcohol abuse leading to thiamin (vitamin B-1) deficiency (Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome)
      Tumors in areas of the brain that control memory
      Degenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia

      Head injuries, such as those sustained in car accidents, can lead to confusion and problems remembering new information, especially in the early stages of recovery — but usually don't cause severe amnesia.

      Another rare type of amnesia, called psychogenic or dissociative amnesia, stems from emotional shock or trauma, such as being the victim of a violent crime. In this disorder, a person may lose personal memories and autobiographical information, usually for just a brief time.)
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  34. QUESTION:
    what exactly is herpes enciphitlitis and could i have it?
    i went to my OBGYN recenlty and my blood work came back that i had HSV type 1. I have noticed that my hands and feet have been tingling. and i have a sore throat.almost all the symtoms of herpes enciphilitis. I have not had any cold sores but i have been having irritating pimples around my lip usually only one and two. I also have an ear infection. Could the OBGYN doc kno if i have herpes enciphilitis or not. should I go to another doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes encephalitis affects the brain, not the genitals and it's very rare to have. It causes inflammation n the brain. The pimples around your lips could be cold sores or fever blisters, they don't always have to be a big sore to be a cold sore.
      Symptoms usually include sore throat, runny nose, head aches, stiff neck, and vomiting. As it progresses it can cause more serious things like personality changes, hallucinations, paralysis and convulsions. If it's not treated it can cause death over time.
      HSV1 is the type of herpes that usually affects the mouth causing cold sores but it can affect the genitals too. But it doesn't often occur away from those areas of the body. The tingling in your hands or feet could be just a sign of some circulation problems. If it's on the mouth HSV can be treated with cold sore creams, if it's on the genitals HSV is usually treated with antiviral medication. The bad thing about blood work is it wont' tell you where to expect a break out. You can also have the virus with out having many signs of it or big break outs.

  35. QUESTION:
    What exactly is herpes?
    What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by Herpes simplex viruses; both herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) cause herpes simplex. Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Infection of the genitals, commonly known as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes. Other disorders such as herpetic whitlow, herpes gladiatorum, ocular herpes (keratitis), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes, and possibly Bell's palsy are all caused by herpes simplex viruses.

      Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disease—presenting as blisters containing infectious virus particles—that last 2–21 days, followed by a remission period, during which the sores disappear. Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic, though viral shedding may still occur. After initial infection, the viruses move to sensory nerves, where they reside as life-long, latent viruses. Causes of recurrence are uncertain, though some potential triggers have been identified. Over time episodes of active disease reduce in frequency.

      Herpes simplex is most easily transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable, but not failsafe, method of preventing transmission of herpes. Oral herpes is easily diagnosed if the patient presents with visible sores or ulcers. Early stages of orofacial herpes and genital herpes are harder to diagnose; laboratory testing is usually required. Prevalence of HSV infections varies throughout the world. Poor hygiene, overcrowding, lower socioeconomic status, and birth in an undeveloped country have been identified as risk factors associated with increased HSV-1 childhood infection. Additional studies have identified other risk factors for both types of HSV.

  36. QUESTION:
    how do i get herpes? please help?
    i really need herpes so i can get a few weeks off work
    it sounds stupid but its the only way i get out of it!
    please help
    well its not just to get out of work, its to get out of the usual routine of life, im sick of getting up going to work, coming home wanking, watching tv, wank again, eat, wank, sleep then wake up for more work the next day!

    i need excitement, you know?

    • ANSWER:
      How do you get Herpes?

      Herpes is spread by direct skin to skin contact. Unlike a flu virus that you can get through the air, herpes spreads by direct contact, that is, directly from the site of infection to the site of contact. For example, if you have a cold sore and kiss someone, you can transfer the virus to their mouth. Similarly, if you have active genital herpes and have vaginal or anal intercourse, you can give your partner genital herpes. Finally, if you have a cold sore and put your mouth on your partners genitals (oral sex), you can give your partner genital herpes.

      You can get Genital Herpes from a Cold Sore

      Yep, a cold sore. If you receive oral sex from a person who experiences cold sores (even if they haven't seen one in a long time) this can transfer the virus to the genitals -- even if the person was not showing a cold sore at the time of contact. Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are spread by direct skin to skin contact. When a cold sore infection spreads to the genitals it is commonly a HSV-1 genital infection.

      herpes is a viral disease caused by herpes simplex
      viruses; both herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) cause herpes simplex. Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection.
      Infection of the genitals, commonly known as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes. Other disorders such as herpetic whitlow, herpes gladiatorum, ocular herpes (keratitis), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes, and possibly Bell's palsy are all caused by herpes simplex viruses.

  37. QUESTION:
    I have herpes.. will I ever be able to have a normal relationship again...?
    I was 17... he even got me pregnant.... I'm 24 now & i have not been with anyone in anyway since... my starting to go into a deep depression...I'm mad at myself but at the same time I still feel like a victim.. will I ever be able to move forward with my life???
    I've only had 1 so called flare up.. I was 17 and my mom had to take me to the doctors... we've never talked about it since..now that I'm old enough.. can I get these record from the original hospital??

    • ANSWER:
      Genital herpes cannot be cured. Once infected, the virus stays in the body for the rest of the individual's life
      Research suggests that the virus can be transmitted even when there are no symptoms present, so that a sexual partner without obvious genital herpes sores may still transmit the illness. In fact, asymptomatic spread may actually contribute more to the spread of genital herpes than do active sores. HSV-1 is responsible for only 5-10% of genital herpes cases, while HSV-2 causes the majority of genital herpes cases. HSV-2 can be transmitted through oral or genital secretions.
      Neonatal HSV disease is a rare, but serious, consequence of vertical HSV transmission from mother to newborn child. The mortality rate from neonatal HSV disease is high (up to 25%) despite current interventions with antiviral therapies. Death results from disseminated HSV disease and/or HSV encephalitis in the newborn children.
      While statistics vary, research shows that 90% of the population has been exposed to HSV-1, "oral herpes," and 25% of the population aged 25-45 years old in the United States has been exposed to infection with HSV-2, "genital herpes."An estimated 86 million people worldwide are thought to have genital herpes.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Genital Herpes (Herpes simplex virus).

  38. QUESTION:
    only for the people with hsv-1 and/or 2?
    so if i have herpes will my children be able to eat off of me if i have it orally? will i ever be able to kiss them on the lips? i'm almost correct that i can no longer share cigarettes or drinks correct? does anyone know my chances of passing it on if someone does share my drink? and i know about shedding nobody needs to inform me on that. is it possible for herpes to just disappear after years, i've heard stories where if you have a good immune system after decades it just seems to disappear and many come back not positive for it at all.

    i don't know i'm just confused, someone tell me the generals of what i can and cannot do with oral herpes. and is it even safe for me to kiss??
    thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      I do not know if I have oral herpes or not but I do know a crap load about it. Oral herpes is usually caused by the HSV-1 virus, but can be caused by HSV-2. Oral herpes is highly contagious. So contagious that 80% of people will test positively for it. MOST people get the virus when they are young from giving grandma a peck on the lips or from sharing a drink with a childhood friend. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are tricky viruses as they hide of the nerves and thus hide away from the immune system. This is why when you come in contact with a herpes virus, you have it for life. Now symptoms do not always appear. Usually the immune system can keep the virus at bay. When the immune system becomes compromised, for example because you are fighting off another infection like a nasty cold or because you are under large amounts of stress, a cold sore might pop up. For many people, they may go their entire life without ever having a cold sore or they may go years without one after transmission. The herpes simplex viruses are spread through skin-to-skin contact with the infected area (in this case the mouth....or with objects that have just recently touched the mouth such as a straw). And yes, as you mentioned, herpes is often spread through "asymptomatic shedding" when no symptoms are present. What you can and cannot do is not very concrete. Because most people have the virus anyway, there really isn't much of a need to be too particular about it. If you want to prevent it completely, then yes you would have to never kiss or taste your friend's smoothie or perform oral sex because HSV-1 can be passed to the genitals in some instances. However, as I mentioned before, most people already have it. Now to be polite you may want to refrain when you have a cold sore as you know you are very contagious then, but 80% of the population would need to stop doing all of those things if it was very serious. There is one precaution I do HIGHLY advise you take. Do not kiss an infant and wash your hands before touching an infant if you recently touched your mouth. Unlike older children and adults, the virus can do far more damage to an infant than an annoying mouth sore every once in awhile. Transferring herpes to a newborn can cause nasty infections like herpes encephalitis (herpes infection in the brain). Newborns who contract a herpes infection can suffer severe disability if they survive. Talk to your doctor if you intend on having children about precautions you should take and for how long.

  39. QUESTION:
    can u die of mouth herpes?
    i have a friend who was making out with her boyfriend and his lip was bleeding and my friend got his blood in her mouth.now she has random rashes,and cold sores on her lip with lil ones around it...she is scared cuz she thinks its herpes.no negative things only facts and mature answers plz.... help fast before she deos anything STUPID!

    plz and thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately the answers that are being given are not entirely correct. There are two forms of herpes, simplex-1 and simplex-2. Simplex-1 is what gives you cold sores. Simplex-2 is what you get around the genital area. Now you can get simplex-2 in and around your mouth from either oral sex or kissing someone that has contracted it from someone else through oral sex.

      Now it is rare but death can occur from herpes. Blindness can occur also. This is from herpes.com:
      "The common myth is that HSV-1 causes a mild infection that is occasionally bothersome, but never dangerous. The reality? HSV-1 is usually mild, especially when it infects the lips, face, or genitals. However, in some cases type 1 can recur spontaneously in the eye, causing ocular herpes, a potentially serious infection which can lead to blindness. In very rare cases HSV- 1 can spread spontaneously to the brain, causing herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that can lead to death. HSV-1 is also the usual cause of herpes whitlow, an infection on the finger, and "wrestler's herpes," (herpes gladiatorum) a herpes infection on the chest or face."

      Your friend should go to the doctor and get checked. Rashes and multiple sores could mean that it is worse than usual.

  40. QUESTION:
    Could i have an std or hiv?
    3 1/2 to 4 months ago i basically had unprotected sex.( It was with a lambskin condom i know dumb decision) and no problems happened. 2 1/2 weeks ago i recieved oral sex from a girl unprotected but didn't have vaginal or any other type of sex with her.

    about a week and a half later after the oral sex, I became a bit sick. It wasn't a huge sickness or anything, but i was sneezing a lot. The sneezing went away after about 3 days and now i'm dealing with an itchy left side of my throat and a slight earache.

    I did however start a job working outdoors basicly in the cold weather the same week that i got oral sex so that could be a factor. I am gonna get tested but i'm just a bit worried and wanted some imput.

    • ANSWER:
      While most people consider herpes only to be a STD, the term actually refers to a family of highly contagious viruses that can cause a range of illnesses, from the more common cold sores, genital herpes, and chicken pox to less common brain infections (encephalitis) and even certain cancers, depending on what type of herpes virus is present.

      HSV is transmitted through direct skin contact with an infected person. The virus enters the body through tiny breaks or openings in the skin or mucus membranes, and while our skin provides an effective defense barrier against such an invasion, certain areas are more susceptible and vulnerable to such attacks.
      While there are often concerns that herpes, especially genital herpes, can be transmitted via inanimate objects such as shared towels and toilet seats, this is highly rare due to the fragility of the actual virus. The herpes virus needs certain conditions to survive and thus it doesn't survive long after it leaves the body.

      HSV is usually recognized by the characteristic blister type sores that develop on sensitive skin areas, the most common of all herpes symptoms. Your doctor will probably take a swab of an active sore, as lab tests will determine if the herpes simplex virus is present.

      This is only accurate if sores are present, and so a medical examination should be booked before the sores dry up and heal. Type-specific blood tests can also be done to determine if you are infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2.

      If you don't have sores then it probably is just a viral infection that needs to heal check with your dr for a more definitive diagnosis. Remember Hep C is also contagious and has viral symptoms. Check with your dr. and pleez use condoms. Good luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    genital herpes and warts?
    whats the difference between genital herpes and warts? and if you already have genital herpes can you contract the other diesase?

    • ANSWER:
      yes you can have both

      Genital warts often occur in clusters and can be very tiny or can spread into large masses in the genital or penis area. In women they occur on the outside and inside of the vagina, on the opening (cervix) to the womb (uterus), or around the anus. They are approximately as prevalent in men, but the symptoms may be less obvious. When present, they usually are seen on the tip of the penis. They also may be found on the shaft of the penis, on the scrotum, or around the anus. Rarely, genital warts also can develop in the mouth or throat of a person who has had oral sex with an infected person.
      The viral particles are able to penetrate the skin and mucosal surfaces through microscopic abrasions in the genital area, which occur during sexual activity. Once cells are invaded by HPV, a latency (quiet) period of months to years may occur. HPV can last for several years without a symptom.[2] Having sex with a partner whose HPV infection is latent and demonstrates no outward symptoms still leaves one vulnerable to becoming infected.

      Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by Herpes simplex viruses; both herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) cause herpes simplex. Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Infection of the genitals, commonly known as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes. Other disorders such as herpetic whitlow, herpes gladiatorum, ocular herpes (keratitis), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes, and possibly Bell's palsy are all caused by herpes simplex viruses.

  42. QUESTION:
    does valtrex stop herpes meningitis from ever occuring?
    does it stop herpes encephalitis from ever occuring also? the every day valtrex that is. I just was disgnosed a couple years ago after being married to my husband for 3 years and i know he didnt cheat and i didn't so i don't know where it came from but my concern is i just woke up with a outbreak and being disgusted and afraid of the disease i tried to pretend i didn't have it so i never read up about it but today since i just got my 3rd outbreak ever i decided to google it. i didn't realize so many other complications are attached to it! it's bad enough having herpes itself. does anyone have advice? should i take the everyday pill to prevent other horrible things? i decided not to take it everyday because well for one we dont have insurance but for two i hate putting drugs into my body if i don't need them and since i rarley had an outbreak i went against it. i do use it for when i have an outbreak and untill its gone. i had a left over one i found this mourning that was expired in feb this year. is it bad to just take one and then take ly-sine four times a day for 72 hours and hope it goes away? or should i get more valtrex, i dont want to become immune to it. i hope any of this makes since. thanks for any advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't beat up yourself. Herpes is exceedingly common -- about 1 in 5 adults has it. Many people who have HSV **never** experience any symptoms, even though they are contagious. There is a chance that maybe your husband has been carrying it a long time, but never was aware of it. He could get a blood test to find out whether he has it.

      As long as you are in reasonably good health, you are at lower risk of developing herpes encephalitis. So eat right, exercise and just maintain yourself well.

      If you don't get more than 6 outbreaks of herpes blisters per year, your doctor will probably not recommend you go on daily Valtrex. You can ask for it, though, if you want. Valtrex works by suppressing the amount of HSV in your body. If the numbers stay low, then you don't get outbreaks, and you become less contagious. And yes, that means you'll prevent herpes encephalitis, too.

      Since you said that you have very few outbreaks, you only really need to take the Valtrex when you feel an outbreak come on. That will lessen the outbreak's duration and severity.

      In the meantime the L-lysine supplement is fine for daily use. Lysine is an amino acid (NOT a drug!) that you get naturally in foods rich in protein, like soy. Many HSV sufferers find that lysine alleviates their outbreaks.

      HOWEVER, you and your doctor need to discuss your current treatment with Valtrex. you should only take the medication as directed. Changing your dosage without consulting your doctor would be a BAD thing.

      Say what you will about taking drugs, you have an illness that requires treatment. Don't mess around with it and please follow your doctor's orders.

  43. QUESTION:
    about herpes and cold sores?
    are herpes and cold sores the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) are two species of the herpes virus family. Eight members of herpes virus infect humans to cause a variety of illnesses including cold sores, chickenpox or varicella, shingles or herpes zoster (VZV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and various cancers, and can cause brain inflammation (encephalitis). All viruses in the herpes family produce life-long infections.
      Cold sores also known as Fever Blisters are fluid filled blisters that commonly occur on the lips. They can also occur in the mouth, particularly on the gums and roof of the mouth (hard palate), but this is rare. Cold sores is a symptom of herpes infection.
      Fever Blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus Type 1 (HSV-1), a virus that passes from person to person by direct contact with infected skin or saliva. Once HSV-1 invades the skin, it causes a primary infection, which usually occurs in childhood and may cause no symptoms. After this primary infection subsides, the virus remains dormant indefinitely in nerves near the affected skin area.
      While genital herpes is caused by HSV-2.

  44. QUESTION:
    Swollen gums with HSV1?
    I was infected with HSV1 a year ago, and had a major first break out, with swollen gums, fever, mouth lesions, swollen lymphnodes, etc. Since then i've had 2 cold sores on my lips, thats it, but I've also had 2 occurences where my gums would swell in some areas. Its not a matter of oral hygiene, or gingivitis caused by bacteria, my teeth are in excellent shape as are my gums. Does anyone else get this symptom randomly?

    • ANSWER:
      HSV infection causes several distinct medical disorders. Common infection of the skin or mucosa may affect the face and mouth (orofacial herpes), genitalia (genital herpes), or hands (herpes whitlow). More serious disorders occur when the virus infects and damages the eye (herpes keratitis), or invades the central nervous system, damaging the brain (herpes encephalitis). Patients with immature or suppressed immune systems, such as newborns, transplant recipients, or AIDS patients are prone to severe complications from HSV infections. HSV infection has also been associated with cognitive deficits of bipolar disorder,[2] and Alzheimer's disease,[3] although this is often dependent on the genetics of the infected person.

      In all cases HSV is never removed from the body by the immune system. Following a primary infection, the virus enters the nerves at the site of primary infection, migrates to the cell body of the neuron, and becomes latent in the ganglion.[4] As a result of primary infection, the body produces antibodies to the particular type of HSV involved, preventing a subsequent infection of that type at a different site. In HSV-1 infected individuals, seroconversion after an oral infection will prevent additional HSV-1 infections such as whitlow, genital herpes, and keratitis. Prior HSV-1 seroconversion seems to reduce the symptoms of a later HSV-2 infection, although HSV-2 can still be contracted. Most indications are that an HSV-2 infection contracted prior to HSV-1 seroconversion will also immunize that person against HSV-1 infection.

  45. QUESTION:
    I heard 9 out of 10 people are infected with herpes. true?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the herpes virus. There are actually 9 herpes viruses that infect humans. Epstein-Barr, for example, is a herpes virus. When Epstein-Barr causes symptoms, it presents as mono (kissing disease) but most never have symptoms. 95% of the population will test positively for Epstein-Barr. Other herpes include chicken pox (herpes zoster) and most people have had that too. There are three that can be sexually transmitted (since this is the STD section): Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV-1), Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV-2), and cytomegalovirus. By 35 years old about 50% are infected with cytomegalovirus (and it often times has no symptoms nor does it have any negative effects....it's just basically there). The more commonly known ones are HSV-1 (most commonly oral herpes) is in an estimated 80% of the population and most contract it between the ages of 1 and 5....many never have a cold sore. HSV-2 (most commonly genital herpes) only affects about 20% of the population.

      As a correction of Andrew, there are more than 3. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is not related to herpes viruses. Lastly, Herpes Encephalitis (encephalitis is a brain infection) is when a herpes virus enters the brain. This is incredibly rare in adults and most commonly occurs in congenital herpes patients (when infants contract herpes during birth).

  46. QUESTION:
    Genital worts or herpes?? Could my doc be wrong?
    Ok a few weeks ago i found out i Found out that i got herpes. My doctor tested me for almost everything u can think of!And only came out positive for herpes. Well see i seemed to break out like one or two lil bumps they were tiny itchy too. I got meds to help me from breakin out since i break out everytime after my period. but see im confused because I've got this lil bumps pretty much the color as my skin Its kinda raised up like a sty sorry cant spell that and It wont go away its been here for awhile. I thought genital worts but she have blood test done and she said i dont have that. Could the test be Wrong??
    And like tiny Bumps are like hard at the tip of it and Scwoshie..Im so confused and this bump has been in the same spot hasnt moved

    • ANSWER:
      Seek a second medical opinion.
      Herpes simplex viruses (human herpesviruses 1 and 2) commonly cause recurrent infection affecting the skin, mouth, lips, eyes, and genitals. Common severe infections include encephalitis, meningitis, neonatal herpes, and, in immunocompromised patients, disseminated infection. Mucocutaneous infections cause clusters of small painful vesicles on an erythematous base. Diagnosis is clinical; laboratory confirmation by culture, PCR, direct immunofluorescence, or serology can be performed. Treatment is symptomatic; antiviral therapy with acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir is helpful for severe infections and, if begun early, in recurrent or primary infections.(Merck)
      Signs and tests for Genital Herpes:
      * Viral culture of blister fluid from lesion positive for herpes simplex virus. Herpes simplex virus may grow within 2-3 days. If this test is positive, it is almost 100% accurate, especially if the fluid is from an initial blister rather than a recurrent blister. Since viruses can be hard to grow, it is often negative, even when herpes is present.
      * Detection of the herpes simplex virus DNA by PCR from the blister fluid. The blister fluid contains human cells and virus particles. PCR is a technique that detects small amounts of DNA and could tell you if the herpes virus was present in the blister.
      * Tzanck test of skin lesion may show results consistent with herpes virus infection. This test involves staining human cells within the blister fluid with a dye. If the cells from the fluid contain viral particles, they become visible. However, the test cannot determine which strain of virus is present in the blister.
      Recently developed antibody tests can determine if the person has HSV-1 or HSV-2. These tests can also tell if the individual has ever been exposed to either of these strains in the past (IgG test) or was just recently exposed to one of them (IgM test) (MedlinePlus).
      Please see the web pages for more details and images on Genital Herpes.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are herpes.....?
    What exactly are they? Are they pretty much cold sores?
    I heard if you get herpes once, you have them for life..
    Since I've had cold sores before, does that mean that I'm having herpes for life?
    Btw, the only type of cold sores I've ever had are in my mouth, not on my lips so it's unvisible to people unless I open my mouth and show them..
    So yeah, in normal words, what are herpes? How do you avoid them? How do they spread?

    • ANSWER:
      There are two strains of herpes simplex viruses:

      Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is usually associated with infections of the lips, mouth, and face. It is the most common herpes simplex virus and many people develop it in childhood. HSV-1 often causes sores (lesions) inside the mouth, such as cold sores (fever blisters), or infection of the eye (especially the conjunctiva and cornea). It can also lead to infection of the lining of the brain (meningoencephalitis). It is transmitted by contact with infected saliva. By adulthood, 30 - 90% of people will have antibodies to HSV-1. The likelihood of childhood infection is higher among those with lower socioeconomic status.
      Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is usually sexually transmitted. Symptoms include genital ulcers or sores. However, some people with HSV-2 have no symptoms. Up to 30% of adults in the U.S. have antibodies against HSV-2. Cross-infection of type 1 and 2 viruses may occur from oral-genital contact. That is, you can get genital herpes on your mouth, and oral herpes on your genital area.
      A finger infection, called herpetic whitlow, is another form of HSV infection. It usually affects health care providers who are exposed to saliva during procedures. Sometimes, young children also can get the disease.

      It's possible for the virus to be transmitted even when there are no symptoms or visible sores. Two-thirds of people with genital HSV infection have recurrences of their symptoms, and one-third have three or more recurrences (outbreaks) per year.

      HSV is never eliminated from the body, but stays dormant and can reactivate, causing symptoms.

      Symptoms

      Blisters or ulcers -- most often on the mouth, lips and gums, or genitals
      Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin (usually only at the time of the initial infection)
      Fever blisters
      Fever -- especially during the first episode
      Genital lesions -- there may first be a burning or tingling sensation
      Mouth sores
      Signs and tests

      Many times, doctors can tell whether you have an HSV infection simply by looking at the sores. However, certain tests may be ordered to be sure of the diagnosis. These tests include:

      Blood test for antibodies of HSV (serology)
      Direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) test of cells taken from a lesion
      Viral culture of the lesion
      Treatment

      Some cases are mild and may not need treatment.

      People who have severe or prolonged outbreaks (especially if it is the first episode), people with immune system problems, or those with frequent recurrences will benefit from antiviral medications such as acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex).

      People who have frequent or severe recurrences of oral or genital herpes may choose to continue taking antiviral medications to reduce the frequency and severity of recurrences.

      Expectations (prognosis)

      The oral or genital lesions usually heal on their own in 7 to 10 days. The infection may be more severe and last longer in people who have a condition that weakens the immune system.

      Once an infection occurs, the virus spreads to nerve cells and stays in the body for the rest of a person's life. It may come back from time to time and cause symptoms, or flares. Recurrences may be triggered by excess sunlight, fever, stress, acute illness, and medications or conditions that weaken the immune system (such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, or the use of corticosteroids).

      Complications

      Eczema herpetiform (widespread herpes across the skin)
      Encephalitis
      Infection of the eye -- keratoconjunctivitis
      Infection of the trachea
      Meningitis
      Pneumonia
      Prolonged, severe infection in immunosuppressed individuals
      Calling your health care provider

  48. QUESTION:
    what is virus c.m.v if there is a treatment and where?

    • ANSWER:
      CMV is not herpes.

      CMV is from the herpes family of viruses (Herpesviridae), but is not commonly referred to as 'herpes' (that name is used by HSV-1 and HSV-2)

      CMV is fairly common. By age 30, about half of the population (in North America) is infected with CMV.

      Like the other herpes family viruses, CMV most often is acquired (asymptomatically, though not always) and is followed by a latent infection. It only becomes an issue if your immune system is compromised (ie. HIV, post transplant immunosuppressants) at which point it can cause disease in the retina, gastrointestinal disease, or encephalitis. Outside of that, it most often affects children and can be a problem in newborns, and also can cause a mono-nucleosis like infection at initial infection (though the majority of people have no symptoms)

      There are drugs that work against CMV and a doctor can prescribe them. They do require close monitoring as the drugs can be harmful to your kidneys.

  49. QUESTION:
    Cold sore + me = herpes?
    I have had a cold sore for a while now on my lower lip, and today i just found out that that is herpes. I don't know how bad that is so how bad ist that? I have never had that before. And yes i was with a girl but what do i do and how bad is it?

    • ANSWER:
      About 80% of the people in the US test positive for oral herpes. By the age of 50, over 90% will test positive.

      Many become infected as babies, in nursery school, elementary school, and locking lips in high school and college with someone who carries the virus.

      How bad is it? Couple of things. You want to KEEP YOUR FINGERS OFF THE SORES! That only spreads the virus. IF you spread it into your eyes, it can blind you (ocular herpes). You can also spread it to the nostrils and other areas on your face. Doctors consider oral herpes much more threatening to health than genital herpes because of it's proximity to the lip/brain, where it can cause encephalitis.

      Some people have touched the sores with the finger--had a hangnail or wound on the finger--and contracted "herpetic whitlow" which is herpes infection of the hand or finger. In that case, you have to keep it covered to prevent spreading it elsewhere.

      Any time you apply topical medicines to it to relieve symptoms, use a CLEAN Q-tip or cotton ball. Again, do NOT touch the sores with your fingers!

      You will want to avoid kissing anyone while you have a visible sore. BUT even that is not 100% effective in preventing transmission because the virus can shed invisibly and infect another person.

      IF you perform oral sex on a girl, she can contract a genital oral herpes infection (HSV-1 of the genitals). This is NOT HSV-2 (genital herpes), but does cause similar outbreaks. The only way you can tell the difference is via type-specic herpes blood tests.

      Your doctor can prescribe an anti-viral topical medicine to help heal the outbreak. Others find that Carmex (from the drug store-cheap), or RAW dark honey (applied throughout the day is as effective as anti-virals), OR an aspirin paste (3 aspirins mixed in water, dabbed on the lip to relieve pain and dry the sores), all work pretty well.

      Just use precautions and you'll be okay! Remember, you are in the MAJORITY of the people in the US now who have oral herpes!

  50. QUESTION:
    can you die from herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      Condoms do not prevent the spread of herpes. HSV2 is spread through skin to skin contact and a condom doesn't cover all areas.

      There are many different types of herpes. People can die from some of the different strains-In very rare cases HSV- 1 can spread spontaneously to the brain, causing herpes encephalitis, a dangerous infection that can lead to death. It can also be deadly if passed onto a newborn during the birthing process.

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Herpes

STD Herpes and pictures

The internet provides a collection of STD photos images and if you have never seen someone affected by the illness, then these pictures might scare you. Their main purpose however is good and it is to explain people how the condition can progress. You will get to see the x ray and pictures of herpes of the affected areas. The areas include penis, vagina, mouth, heart, face, toes and the list is infinite. STD infections can also happen in the bones and more particularly hips, knees and other parts. The STD pics will provide so much vivid information and you will be ready to handle the infection if it comes to you. In the lungs, the disease will cause white spots which can be seen clearly from x rays.

There are many types of STDs; some of them affect men and women, some only men, and some only women. The initial symptoms of STDs are itching, soreness, burning on urination, or there may be no symptoms. Genitals herpes, Genital Warts, Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia are some common STDs.

Genitals herpes are caused by a virus which you can get by having sex with infected person. The main symptoms of genital herpes are itching, tingling or aching in the penis, testes or vulva. Majority of STDs can be cured. But one has to remember that STDs can be the reason for bother and disabilities in one's life. STD can cause problems that can make life unhappy. STDs like, Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. This disease can be a person's long term and severe problem. It can cause sterility and pelvic pain. There is also a kind of STD that can be the reason for genital warts and can be the cause of cervical cancer. This disease is called Human Papilloma Virus. If you think you are suffering from genital herpes (HSV-2) then Visual Exploration of Sexually Transmitted Diseases can be helpful.

A lot of people are a bit uncomfortable or maybe even frightened to visit their doctor. They choose to look at online picture of herpes to see if that is what they have. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can be treated. Before a person will undergo for a treatment, he must first take an STD test to prove his doubt that he has an STD infection. Those who want to go through any test must always remember that all STD tests are not 100% accurate. When you have the feeling that you have been infected or if you are feeling STD symptoms, go instantly to an STD clinic and undergo an STD test.

About the author: The Visual Exploration of Sexually Transmitted Diseases is an online site which gives tremendous information about Sexually Transmitted Diseases along with the images of each disease. These images are very helpful to those who are suspicious about having infected with such disease. They also give reference of some trusted STD testing centers throughout the United States so that if you find anything similar to the signs or symptoms which are shown in the site you can immediately call those testing centers and get treated.

Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/diseases-and-conditions-articles/std-pictures-herpes-5190110.html

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Herpes Pictures?
    Where can I find pictures of what herpes looks like on a female vagina??
    What does it look like...how could a person who recieved oral sex from another person with a cold sore determine if it is a cold sore or if it is herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.freedomantiviral.com/herpes_pictures/herpes_pictures.htm

  2. QUESTION:
    could this possibly be herpes?
    i've had this.. sort of rash i guess.. on my butt and now on upper part of my vagina, lower back, and one spot on my leg. it almost looks like a burn in some places. is this herpes? the only thing i don't understand is that i've never had anyone come in contact with my genital area whatsoever. it makes no sense.

    it kind of looks like the 4th and 6th picture...

    http://end-herpes.com/female-genital-herpes-pictures

    • ANSWER:
      If it's spreading that's definitely a sign that you need to go see a doctor, even if it's something relatively harmless like an allergy. It is really hard to diagnose a rash without seeing it. You need to get an idea of the size, pattern, whether it's raised, etc. Is it painful? Genital herpes are very painful.

      It would be unlikely, although not impossible, for this to be herpes if your genitals haven't been in contact with an infected person.

  3. QUESTION:
    Please Help, Could I have herpes?
    Please Help, Could i have herpes?
    I am a 26 year old female. I am awaiting blood test results for HSV-1 and HSV-2. (There are no sores or lesions to take a culture from) I'm afraid I will not get a concrete yes or no answer from the blood test because it is not the best way to test for the virus. I can't eat or sleep thinking about this please read my story and tell me if you think I could have herpes....(it gets a little complicated but stick with me)

    - I had a great ex-boyfriend who gets cold sores. We routinely performed oral sex on eachother.
    - near the end of our relationship we went on a trip to Mexico.
    - Came back from Mexico with a weird rash on my butt (underneath)
    - Rash started itchy then painful then healed
    - about 14 individual bumps or sores. Sores were never ON genitals.... just the skin on my butt and they did not look like the typical herpes pictures where there is a clustering of sores
    - went to doctor who agreed it was just a rash from something in mexico gave me ointment went away in 2 weeks
    - a year passed
    - had about 4 yeast infections (or what i think are yeast infections)(went away with monistat)
    - had one particularily bad yeast infection (very itchy) accompanied with a rash (not like the mexico rash at all...... more like a case of bumpy skin across my genitals)
    - Had unprotected sex with new partner
    - New partner left country for a month where he hooked up with ex-girlfriend.
    - New partner and his ex-girlfriend broke out into full blown herpes sores
    - they got tested and are POSITIVE for HSV-2
    - New partner came back to my life (I was unaware of his herpes outbreak + ex-girlfriend)
    - New partner had un-protected sex with me while knowing he had just contracted the virus
    - i get another yeast infection (monostat seems to clear it away)
    - Get an email from new partner's ex-girlfriend over facebook telling me about the Herpes
    - I confront new partner and he says he was certain the virus came from me (that's why he didn't tell me)
    -obviously I no longer trust new partner and he could have lied to me and been with others
    - Over a month after I remain symptom and rash free

    Could my "yeast infections" be just mild outbreaks of Herpes?
    Are outbreaks always accompanied by sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay...First of all, I highly suspect that the buttock rash that you describe that came about associated with your trip to Mexico was "hot tub folliculitis". If you can now reflect back to even one hot tub event, then you likely sat in a hot tub that was infected with pseudomonas bacteria. Your description of the pimples evenly distributed to both cheeks is consistent. It is a common skin rash as you have described that almost always goes away on its own.

      Next is your question "could my yeast infections be just mild outbreaks of Herpes?" Not at all likely, because the signs and symptoms of HSV vs Yeast (at least externally) are dramatically different. It's the itch of vulvovaginal yeast along with associated symptoms of discharge, pain, that would collectively point to yeast rather than viral HSV. All you need to do is to see one viral lesion first hand and you would know. The HSV lesion starts as a small pimple that is annoying. You scratch it to remove a tiny head. It grows in size to be flat and irrigular bumpy and hurts with a red surrounding skin. It matures into a cluster-like soft water filled lesion. The lesion breaks and then begins to scab over. It takes about one month to heal from the starting lesion.

      And now is the tougher issue of total STD exposures in all these sexual contacts. You may not know, but HSV sub-types of 1 and 2 are not regional anymore. Any HSV on or in the vulvovaginal tract can be transmitted by direct contact to any person. Of course the human mucus membranes of the mouth and vaginal area are the most receptive. Therefore multiple sex partners with oral-genital sex has a high transference potential for both HSV types as well as ALL other STDs. You are concerned about HSV, but of course there are others with much worse out comes than HSV.

      As you say, it is a waiting issue at this point. Even if your test results are negative. The false negative rates are real...sorry.

      I wish you wellness and peace in your journey!

  4. QUESTION:
    herpese.. is it possible?
    i've had this.. sort of rash i guess.. on my butt and now on upper part of my vagina, lower back, and one spot on my leg. it almost looks like a burn in some places. is this herpes? the only thing i don't understand is that i've never had anyone come in contact with my genital area whatsoever. it makes no sense.

    it kind of looks like the 4th and 6th picture... http://end-herpes.com/female-genital-herpes-pictures

    • ANSWER:
      No, If you haven't had any contact with other people it's not herpes. Plus herpes generally wouldn't be on the upper back and leg. It could be a myriad of other weird things though. Get it checked

  5. QUESTION:
    Herpes or sweat rash?? Help?
    I'm a 20 year old female. And I've been with this guy for about a month. And we've occasionally had unprotected sex, which I know is not smart. I haven't really thought to ask him if he's been checked because we are just sex buddies.

    Okay, so I got this rash today. Never had one like it before. It's on my butt like right before my vaginal. It's kinda blotchy, spaced out, really itchy, not painful at all, kinda looks like pimples, and red. And I'm having trouble figuring out if it's herpes or a sweat rash. Because last night, before the rash popped up, I had sex for longer than I ever had before and I sweated a lot(and so did he) and I have really sensitive skin. So if someone educated or experienced on the subject could point me in the right direction, I would very much appreciate it. Because I'm kind of freaking out.

    Additional Details
    I can't even say how many pictures of herpes' rashes that I've seen tonight. But there seems to be a pattern, where the bumps are really really close together. Mine isn't like that though, it's like a bump here and there. It's spaced out. I dont know if that's helpful at all.
    Haven't had a headache since I got the rash and when I do get headaches they aren't really that bad. And it hasn't tingled at all. And it doesnt hurt at all either. Just really itchy.

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  6. QUESTION:
    Do I have genital herpes or ingrown hair. ?
    I had recieved oral sex from a female about 3 weeks ago and about 8 days ago i noticed i had a little lump above my penis in my pubic hair area for the first 4 days or so it was a little irrataion when I would accidently bump or when my belt was to tight on the bump. so i noticed that it looked as though it was forming a white head so i sqeezed it as i would a pimple it was painful and some blood eventually came out i put peroxide on it and left it alone for a couple of days until I noticed a white head was begining to form again so this time i poped it a little pus and blood came out along with a strand of hair .i dont know if was a strand of hair from the bump or it was hair that was taken off when i wiped the blood. its only one bump and after taking a shower its red but has no pain what so ever even if touched.it does not hurt when i pee and it does not look pictures of herpes ive looked at i dont feel sick at all what could this be ps i did use a condom and there were no visible sores on her mouth but her saliva did trikle down into my pubic area im am not sure if i had a cut or not in the area

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  7. QUESTION:
    PLEASE help. I only want your answer if you HONESTLY know what you're talking about. Do I have genital herpes?
    Since last April, my boyfriend and I had only messed around until I finally gave my virginity to him in January. If I fail to clean myself well after we have sex, I almost always find that a urinary tract infection is the result the next day. I've had one for quite a while now, but that isn't the problem I need help with at the moment. (I digress.) On Friday, we had sex in his car, which resulted in a terrible tear at the bottom of the opening of my vagina. I realize that a certain position we were in caused this, so I don't need advice regarding how to avoid tearing. The tear almost reaches my anus, which is extremely sore as well. (Yucky, I know.) It is much worse than any tear I've had before and has yet to heal properly. In fact, it has barely healed at all. It is excruciatingly painful when I use the bathroom, sit certain ways, or bend over. On Sunday, I realized that the tear wasn't the only cause of the pain I was experiencing down there. Using a hand mirror, I took a look and discovered that I have red, painful bumps around my vagina. They are not clustered together, but spread apart, and they are each about the size of a large pimple. However, they are NOT pimples, I DO NOT have razor burn, and THIS IS NOT A YEAST INFECTION. I don't want to hear anything about the possibility of any of those things! My body has been covered in acne since I was very young, so I am very familiar with what a pimple looks and feels like. I haven't shaved in that area recently; I've only trimmed. I've developed a yeast infection before, and this is entirely different. My vagina is also secreting a thick, yellow, odorless discharge. (Again, I promise that this is not a yeast infection.) I only noticed 2 bumps on Sunday, but there are about 4 or 5 now and have nearly doubled in size. (Still, they are no larger than a big zit.) The bumps are located on my labia minora and cause even more pain when I touch them or pee than the tear does. They cause no itching at all. I looked up pictures of sores and breakouts that appear as symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases, and the only images that looked somewhat like what I have were those of genital herpes. However, no picture was completely accurate, so I can't be sure. My boyfriend has had multiple sexual partners, both male and female, and I know for a fact that two of the girls were.. well, whores. Anyway, I've never experienced a 'breakout' like this before, and I'm growing increasingly concerned about my and my boyfriend's health. Do you think that I have genital herpes? If not, what does it sound like to you?

    Also, I'll be having a check-up on Thursday and plan to mention this problem to my doctor. If it is confirmed that I have an STD, is there any reason that the parent I live with has to know? My mom - who I do not live with - will be taking me to the doctor and would not be upset with me if I had something. She would also pay for medication for me and keep it a secret. Could I request that my medication be confidential between me, my mom, and my doctor if I have something? :(
    I failed to mention that I have two very prominent, painful lumps on each side of my groin. Both are located under the skin, are even with each other, and feel as though they have smaller raised areas around them. They hurt when I press on them, walk, or move certain ways, and they feel almost exactly like aching muscles. After researching a little bit, I am assuming that they are swollen lymph nodes. They appeared and began to hurt at the same time as the bumps around my vagina.

    • ANSWER:
      yeah i guarantee you 100% do have it - not in a rude joking way either. In all seriousness, id just about bet my life on it.

  8. QUESTION:
    I am a female, 25 years old and sexually active but in a monogamous relationship with my fiance (we were both?
    tested before being intimate). I have a really bad UTI right now, and I'm on antibiotics and I've been drinking tons of water and cranberry juice. My problem is that I have these small reddish pimples on the outside of my vagina that just appeared after I spent the day at a theme park (they had a waterpark that was free to get in, and I wore my swimming suit all day). I'm just wondering if these pimples are from the damp swimsuit rubbing me all day, my doctor said it probably was and that the antibiotic would take care of it and its only been one day since i started the meds. The problem is that I have the wonderful power of the internet at my hands and have been looking up all those disturbing pictures of herpes and what not, reading all about it and second-guessing myself. What can I do to make them heal quicker? I think a big reason for them is b/c I was using Dial soap on my vagina for some stupid reason. What should I use to clean my vagina? Should I abstain from sex until they are completely healed?
    They have already gone down since two days ago when i was at the theme park, but they are still there. I'm not gonna be stupid and pop them or anything. I'm getting over having a really bad UTI, the worst one I've had in my life. Can my fiance get a uti from me? We haven't had sex since sunday afternoon and won't until all the bumps are gone and my uti doesn't sting as much. Does anyone know about a sitz bath? I saw that on the internet, and I was wondering if that would maybe help the bumps decrease faster, although I'm not sure what a sitz bath is. If anyone has any directions/ingrediants for me, that would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, everyone! They are already going down a little, I know I'll just have to be patient.
    Now a question about my UTI: is there anything I can do now and in the future to prevent getting an infection again?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally I think they are probably just from the wet suit rubbing on you all day. You should probably wait until they are gone to have sex. They have "Summers Eve" vaginal wash at Walmart (Target, Kmart..etc.) you should wash with that. It's less likely to irritate your sensitive areas.

  9. QUESTION:
    Well.. how often can herpes be misdiagnose?
    Ok.. I have been with my partner for 10 months and both of us got tested for stds and we were both clean. However, he had a herpes outbreak in april. the outbreak wasn't as nasty as the pictures on the internet. it was just one single bump on the side of his penis and he has been taking medication ever since. He went to the doctor and they said it was genital herpes. However.. I got tested a week ago and my results came negative for HSV 2. Assuming he had it without knowing since we were together, what are chances the him contracting herpes to me? We've had unprotected sex for 10 months and based on the research that I did the male to female transmission rate is higher than female to male transmission. Oh, I also called the STD hotline and they said usually when you get tested for STDs, they only check you for gonorrhea, siphyllis, and chlymidia unless you ask specifically for herpes so.. there are chances that he had it since then without knowing it. A couple questions that I have to address here.

    1. Could it be that he was misdiagnosed for having herpes? because as far as I know herpes shows up 2-10 days after the exposure, althought it could be dormant for longer than that. and HSV-2 is way more nasty than HSV-1. he only had ONE outbreak ever since compared to the average 4-5 times a year.

    2. Could it be that he has HSV-1 instead of HSV-2?

    3. I have been having unprotected sex with him for 10 months. My result for HSV-2 came back negative and I didn't get tested for HSV-1. Could I have a false negative results?

    4. How often are herpes misdiagnosed?

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  10. QUESTION:
    Why is it taking so long for my Primary (first time) genital HSV-1 (Herpes) to heal?
    I am a Female with my primary breakout of genital HSV-1 (Herpes). As of Feb. 18th it will be a month. I have been on Valtrex ever since but it seems like this is never going to go away. Looking at pictures of primary breakouts I must count my blessings because mine is mild. Even though it has been mild I have had the swollen Lymph nodes, 2 blisters at the beginning, pain in buttocks and thighs and ran a fever around 101. I have had severe rawness with it though. It has been so painful around and in my vaginal opening. I was feeling better yesterday and woke up this morning and there was a very small blister. I thought just maybe I was over it and now this. Does your first breakout act in this manner? Gets better a few days and here comes some more to deal with. This is crazy. Also I would like to know when the primary breakout is over and done can I stop taking Valtrex. I am married and have been for 20 years and he gave it to me thru oral sex so is there really a need to keep taking it? I have read and been told that since both of us have the HSV-1 virus that it should be fine for us to have a normal sex life because his anti-bodies have built up so he should not get it on his genitals. Of course all he has is the oral HSV-1. All replies are greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Kelle's answer of: herpes 1 is around your lip and herpes 2 is around your genitals was 6th grade level info. At least you were given the best web site to http://cdc/gov and to elaborate on herpes I want you to know that HPV simplex I is in around the mouth and face. Herpes simplex II is in and around the genital area but, both simplexes can be anywhere inside or outside of the body. The initial outbreak is the worse. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2. Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal the first time they occur. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or months after the first, but it almost always is less severe and shorter than the first outbreak. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years. I am so sorry to read your story. Please keep in close contact with your doctor/nurse and read info on cdc's website. It is horrible to find out you have HPV any where. For what it is worth, a lot of people around the world have mouth herpes/cold sores. HPV is a cousin to shingles & chickenpox.

  11. QUESTION:
    Are there any single females with herpes in the Los Angeles area who want to talk?
    If so, email me at i-magin@lycos.com A brief description of yourself would be nice, a picture if you choose and put 'yahoo answers' in the subject line (b/c I get a lot of spam).

    Please no hate mail or badgering on the answer page, I'm just trying to live my life with integrity and be honest and up front about my condition.

    About me, I'm 27 yrs. old, I am a college grad currently taking grad courses and work full time too. I consider myself a down to earth, laid back guy who lives his life to the fullest. I don't do drugs, drink occasionally and like to watch live music, doing outdoor activities and watching movies. Please be sane and unattached. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      LA HELP is a good place to start http://www.lahelp.org/ They're a herpes support organization.

      Also, if you want to find social resources, you can call the county health department's STD hotline 1.800.758.0880. Call between 9 and 5, and you can get a live person on the line to help you.

  12. QUESTION:
    Just got diagnosed with Genital Herpes. What can I expect?
    Im a 45 year old female that has been in a long term relationship for 8 years. I have been completely faithful to him. He has been unfaithful once. 11 months later I have herpes. He is questioning weather he gave it to me or not since he has not had a break out. Guilt! My question is....what can I expect LIVING with genital herpes? I'm scared. I had a horrible horrible outbreak! I wanted to die. I have looked up websites for people with herpes but they scare me even more. Yikes! Those picture and the over all dread is too much. Can any women help..... Thank you
    THANK YOU. Thats good to here! I am taking acyclovir 400 MG 2 tabs 3 times a day and topical zovirax. Its good to hear the outbreaks get less painful. And yes, you are right about who gave it to who...I was so hurt and angry, confused when the doctor told me he thought it was Herpes. But now I just want to get passed it. Thank you for easing my mind. You have helped me alot.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - I know how you feel. I've had Genital Herpes for about 6 years. While it's certainly something I would prefer to live without, it gets easier as time passes.

      The first outbreak is the worst for most people. They get easier and if you live healthy and find the right treatment for you, future outbreaks usually become less frequent and there are even people who say they no longer have outbreaks at all. Living with Herpes isn't too difficult if you live healthy and try not to get hung up on the social stigma's that come with having an STD.

      As far as your relationship and the who gave it to who question. I was in a relationship when I had my first outbreak. He never showed symptoms and tested negative. We went our separate ways long ago, but to my knowledge he never had an outbreak. Herpes is an unpredictable creature, sometimes it's impossible to know who your "donor" is.

      I hope your transition with this is a smooth one.

  13. QUESTION:
    Genital Herpes - I think I may be having my first outbreak..?
    My boyfriend has genital herpes, when we first started dating, I made him get tested for HIV and STD's as we started to not use condoms, for the FIRST time in my life. Whelp, as it turns out, he tested positive for HSV2 Genital Herpes! So, I immediately insisted on getting a blood test to see if i had been infected, due to my negligent conduct - no rubbers!

    https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=1b926d0d85&view=att&th=132179c87c9c9f95&attid=0.1&disp=inline&zw

    Well, now I have been experiencing some really frightening symptoms! I am female by the way. My symptoms include;

    -slight burning
    -slight itching
    -AND some very strange single bump/blister! I cannot get a good look to examine it. I have a picture I'd like someone to take a look at.

    Also, IF this IS my first genital herpes outbreak, is it possible to just get one single blister bump, which is located on my lower buttocks..

    Anyone, thanks for your help!
    I guess I forgot to mention that when I got the blood test for HSV2 it came back negative. That was about 6 months ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Only way to know for sure is to go to the dr. I have had a small blister down there before but it was from new bubble bath. I do not have herpes. Go to the doctor. That is the only way to know for sure. Also, I know 2 people who have it and they said the first outbreak is the worst. Try not to worry so much...Has your boyfriend had an active outbreak when you were not using condoms? If you end up that you do not have herpies then use protection from now on. Also, your boyfriend can take Valtrex to lesson outbreaks.

  14. QUESTION:
    HELP!! I have a question about genital herpes and I need advice. Also, could she be lying?!?
    I got a phone call about 2 weeks ago from a girl claiming to be having an intimate relationship with my boyfriend (which had only been for 2 weeks). We talked for a while without him knowing...she gave me information and told me things that they did. She told me that she had recently spent the night with him and had UNPROTECTED sex.

    A few days ago she called me and told me that he gave her herpes and she asked for me not to mention anything to him because she feared he would harm her. She told me that 2 months ago she went to the doctors to get a pap smear or a culture test and they told her that she had been [exposed] to herpes. And they told her that they might have [caught it in time] and they gave her some pills to take for 10 or 14 days so that it wouldn't enter her blood system. (which sounded stupid to me because herpes is transmitted by skin to skin contact and once you have it, you have for the rest of your life.) Im not sure if she had a sore/blister or anything but Im gonna find out. She said that she was going to go for a follow up and see if she really have it last week but she claim her cycle came on and couldn't go. (this too raised my skepticism about her story) She said she talked to him about it and he knows!

    At first I believed her and I was about to immediately end our relationship. But I thought about it and decided not to. I've known this guy basically my whole life and I know he would not do any harm to a female or intentionally harm me. I've been avoiding physical contact with him (just in case) since she told me and I know he's starting to wonder why. He know that I've been talking to her and he orf course denied it but came clean about having an intimate relationship with her before I came into the picture. I want to mention it to him but she asked me not to and Im starting to believe she's lying so that I can leave him alone. I really need to know because herpes is a serious matter and I would have to live with it for the rest of my life.

    Questions:
    1. Can HSV 2 be caught in its path?
    2. Is there a such medicine that prevent HSV 2 from entering the blood system?
    3. Why would she even have sex with him if he supposedly gave her herpes and (according to her) she's possibly HSV 2 negative?
    4. What can I do to make sure we both are safe without directly telling him that she told me?

    Im 22 years old and I know a liitle bit about herpes (Im a HSV 1 carrier) but Im unsure of a lot of things and I need answers.
    No mean or negative comments please!!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't take any thing like that too lightly, she could be lying but you really don't know for sure. Herpes is a permanent infection and it doesn't have a cure. If he contracted it from her then you have a chance of contracting it. But there is also a chance of not contracting herpes if some precautions are taken. Herpes really isn't all that serious, it's a contagious skin condition with a negative stigma, you can still do all you want to with your life (you can have healthy children if you wan to) even if you do have herpes.
      There is no such thing as medicine that prevents herpes from being passed on. There is valtrex which can help suppress break outs and make you less likely to pass it in between break outs but it doesn't do any thing to prevent herpes.
      Some people love their partner regardless if they have herpes or not.
      He should get tested, you may want to tell him what she told you so that he will get tested, or even so he can tell her to leave you alone. If he does have herpes he should abstain from having intercourse and receiving oral sex while he has any signs of a break out. He can take antiviral medication regularly to help prevent you from getting it and you can even use condoms in between his break outs.
      Tere I meant to give you thumbs down because advertising is against the guide lines.

  15. QUESTION:
    Help! is it herpes or a yeast infection rash!?
    Im a female. Ive recently been taking amoxicillin for strep throat i know you can get a rash from that.. i am on my cycle and i usually get itchy from that.but this time its not just my vagina thats itchy its itchy behind my vagina not around my anus but its by there. it looks like a rash you would see on any other part of your body tthe rash doesnt have liquid or puss in it. i looked up pictures and it kind of looks like a a rash you would find on a baby with a yeast infection. the shower soothes the itchy ness and i put vaseline on it so i wont scratch myself ..please help has this happend to anyone else?

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  16. QUESTION:
    Female, 19: Tiny white bumps on vagina day after intercourse? Could it just be irritation?
    This has happened twice now; first time about two months ago and again today. The day after intercourse I would notice tiny white bumps on my vagina. They aren't in clusters, not blistered or puss filled, not extremely,or at all painful, and don't look anything like any of the pictures I have seen. About as irritating as razor burn. I had one partner for a year and I never had a problem with him. This first happened with my 2nd partner, I believe the 3rd time we had sex. The day after when the bumps showed up I freaked out and made a same day appointment to be checked out by my doctor. I had a herpes culture and blood test done and they both came back negative. The bumps were completely gone after a few days. Now I had a new partner the night before last and I just noticed the bumps tonight. I don't believe it's the condoms I've been using because I used the same brand for a year with my first partner. Don't use lube. Could this be an irritation thing? Should I go get checked again? Does anyone else have this problem? If I do have herpes and it was missed does you usually have an outbreak the day after sex?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well other than suggesting u use lube also, I tend to agree it may just be irritation from latex or straight out friction BUT if ur really concerned then seeking medical opinion is always advised Cheers ♥

  17. QUESTION:
    Should i get tested for an STI?
    About a month ago, I had a sexual encounter with a female sex worker in a brothel. The encounter lasted about 25 minutes. I used a condom throughout the entire sexual encounter which included vaginal and oral stimulation. I am sure the condom did not tear; however, I am very worried that I may have been exposed to an STI because today I discovered a sore on my penis. It does not look like anything in the pictures for Herpes, but it still hurts a bit when touched. I popped the sore and thick white pus excreted. Could I have been exposed to an STI at that time?

    If I should get tested, should I wait or has it already been long enough?

    I asked the sex worker is she is clean; she said she is and that she gets tested every week for infections. However, I am not sure if I can trust her word.

    Please give me some insight on this matter and relieve me of this stress. Thanks in advance.

    By the way, I live in England if that matters any.

    • ANSWER:
      What you describe sounds like a pimple or cyst, not an STD.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is mentally wrong with him? What is his problem and what should I do?
    What is wrong with him can someone please explain what can he be thinking about mentally? To make a long story short my boyfriend cheated on me. The female posted a picture of him and her as her main profile pic on facebook. I was shocked but I wasn't at the same time because he's done this before. I was shocked because the last time he cheated on me the female told me he has genital herpes and chlamydia and that was a year ago. I didn't think he would be with someone else after that. So now I found out he's been seeing this new girl with brain cancer and I asked him did he tell her what he had and he said no. He said that's our secret. He said he doesn't love her but he does care about her because of her condition. I don't get it! What is his problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Honey, why would you risk genital herpes and chlamydia? I mean, you may already have it!!! My word!!! RUNNNNNNNNNNN and this man is spreading all of this around town? You may end up with worse!!!

      Seriously re-evaluate where you are going and WHY.

      There isn't anything "mentally wrong" with him...he's just a jerk.

      You should really think about life and why you are doing what you are doing. You have control over your destiny and should really think about making better choices!

      I don't know anything about you other than your boyfriend is a cheater who has some serious diseases.

      BUt if you don't have a good job, consider getting one. If you don't have a degree? Consider getting one. If you don't volunteer and help people just because it's the right thing to do? Try it. (Not helping him...I'm talking a legitimate helping organization). If you don't talk to God, consider trying it.

      Decide today to do something Beautiful with your life...because you can.

  19. QUESTION:
    Vagina peeling, bump, etc?
    This is really embarassing, and I have an appointment with a gyno, I just want to know what to expect..

    My vagina is very itchy/dry and is peeling on the sides of my lips.

    I also have a bump that kind of looks like a sun blister, but when I looked up pictures of herpes/warts, they all had a redness in them and this bump doesn't have any red in it.

    And, I don't know if this could be related.. but recently, when my partner ( we are both females ) does me from behind, I bleed really bad and my stomach hurts. This never happened before and she isn't doing anything different.

    I am very sorry for the personal details, and I am scheduled with to get this professionally checked out.. I just don't know if it could be genital warts/herpes with it being only one bump and no redness to it. And I don't know if the bleeding could be related or what..

    Thank you to anyone for your replies.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with this picture?
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/SOA-Herpes-genitalis-female.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      That reminds me. I am running low on condoms.


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How Do People Get Herpes

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How Do Famous People Get Famous

Some people wonder how do famous people get famous. The answer is by doing something that is considered to be outrageous. Most often this takes time to happen as is the case with movie actors who become well-known over time as they make good movies. Sometimes one can become well-known for the wrong reasons like getting drunk or fighting with their spouses or partners.

Those who make it their goal to gain popularity should think carefully about how to go about doing this. The first approach is to think about what field one would want to gain popularity in. Matching skills to a certain field is another strategy that can be adopted. Most people who have achieved popularity in a certain field will have something that is quite unique about them.

At school people are taught to fit in with the crowd. However those who are known throughout the world generally have some quality that separates them from the rest. Children can start to gain popularity if they have some skill that is publicized publicly on a social networking site for example.

While it might not seem too appealing, one should strive to gain some popularity on a local level first. This should be considered to be a stepping stone and good practice. Local fame is easier as many one is known and if he or she is liked then it makes the task easier.

Many celebrities have started locally and then have gone on to fame on a national and even international scale. As the exposure grows so the person will gain more popularity. It can be compared to crawling before one walks.

Like other industries, this industry is money driven. Agents will often latch onto someone who appears to have potential so that they can make some money themselves. Agents are usually quite adept at finding out how do famous people get famous.

About the author: Devin Dozier offers more information on how to become famous at: To Become Famous & How to become famous blog.

Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/self-help-articles/how-do-famous-people-get-famous-3872607.html

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do so many people get herpes by age 20?
    If I were about to kiss someone, I would inspect their face for a herpes sore. It's obvious if you look for it. How come statistically, so many people contract herpes by age 20?

    • ANSWER:
      Most people get oral herpes during child hood by innocently kissing or being kissed by some one that has cold sores. A lot of people don't know that cold sores are contagious or that they are caused by oral herpes and don't think twice about kissing some one. Some people assume that every one has cold sores so they don't worry about it.
      As for the genital type, some people have sex when they are very young. When they have sex they can put them selves at risk for getting herpes from any one that they have sex with. 1 in 3 people are at risk for contracting an std before they reach age 25.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why does everyone think that only promiscuous people get herpes?
    You can have sex with ONE person and get herpes. I read a heart-breaking story of a woman who was a virgin when she got married, and her husband cheated on her and gave her herpes- now in addition to getting divorced she has a socially stigmatized disease for the rest of her life. People should not jump to conclusions about how herpes is contracted.

    • ANSWER:
      What exactly is the question here?

      You are right that you can get herpes by having sex with only one person if that person happens to be infected with the herpes virus.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do people with herpes get pregnant without passing it to there partner?

    • ANSWER:
      artificial insemination (IVF treatment)?
      Something to discuss with your doctor....

  4. QUESTION:
    How do people get herpes in their eyes?
    Too much violent 69ing?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, it is a virus so therefor it is not in bodily fluid so its not passed through sperm. The only time it is passed through bodily fluids is if you have a sore on/in your mouth it can remain in your saliva for a short amount of time. To answer your question, it can be passed to your eyes by you touching a present sore and then touching your eyes. It is transmitted through skin to skin contact usually during an active outbreak and while shedding (which is when there is no visable sore, but the virus is active). If you come in contact with a sore, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly and try avoiding touching your eyes or mucous areas (genitals and mouth)

  5. QUESTION:
    How do people contract Herpes ?
    Can you get herpes from giving oral sex to someone who doesn't have it and vise versa ? Is Oral herpes a disease caused by bacteria or a transmitted disease ?

    • ANSWER:
      Oral herpes or Herpes Simplex Virus 2 is associated with the bacteria of Staphylococcus. It can be transmitted from receiving or giving Oral Sex. HSV 2 is passed from one person to another because there's no way to tell, I'll explain: Performing oral sex on a guy, he has no blister but on the skin the virus is present. Many people have these symptoms hours to 60 days after the infection: sore throat, itchy or painful sensation around the infected area. You can tell if a person has the HSV 2 by looking at their face, they should have scars like dark circles, made by an ash of the cigarettes. The blisters caused by this virus will start to heal from 2 to three weeks and after that it will be an ulcer, then it will look like a cigarette burn as said before.

  6. QUESTION:
    I'm doing a school project...How often do people get herpes through birth versus through sexual contact?

    • ANSWER:
      It is usually spread through sexual contact, but if a pregnant woman has herpes and there is an outbreak or chance of an outbreak around delivery time the doctor should perform a C Section to prevent spreading this to the baby. Some herpes can be transmitted from kissing if the infected person has an open outbreak anywhere on the lips or mouth.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can people with herpes get pregnant? ?
    I know you can have a baby without spreading the virus but, how do you get pregnant without spreading the virus? I really need to know the answer to this for class any help would be great but I perfer a doc. To answe thank you :-)

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    How do people get herpes?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    How come some herpes blisters are more extreme then others?
    When i look up herpes on google images, it shows these really gross pictures of people with herpes all over there genitals and/or bodies. I have a cold sore on my lip, which probably means Herpes HSV-1, i think. How would i keep my cold sores from getting really big and spread out like on the google image search and how do their herpes get so extreme(the people on the google image search)?

    • ANSWER:
      Pictures on google do tend to be of the most extreme cases - first ever outbreaks etc and of the few people who have a real problem with herpes because they have it so severely.

      I have genital herpes hsv-1, and have never had anything that looked as bad as bad as the MILDEST picture I found on the internet.

      My outbreaks, though in a different place, look more like this:

      http://www.coldsore.co.nz/images/cold-sore-lip.jpg

      probably not even that bad.

      Most people I know that get cold sores, it is little more than a dot on the lip - you would need a magnifying glass to see my boyfriend's! My genital outbreaks are the same.

      I have known one or two people who get bad ones though - but they are just the unlucky people, theirs are always bad, doesn't mean everyone else will get them like that.

      If you haven't had a cold sore that bad before, you aren't likely to. Those are just pics doctors take of the worst case scenarios of people whose immune systems have a problem dealing with it.

  10. QUESTION:
    Do Most People Get Herpes?
    I'm a bit confused. I read that 90% of the population gets oral herpes. First of all:

    1. How is it transmitted to another person?
    2. Do most people in the world have it?

    • ANSWER:
      It is extremely common for people to have oral herpes, typically caused by Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV 1) although oral herpes can be caused by HSV 2 but that strain typically causes genital herpes.

      Both types of herpes are spread through skin to skin contact, especially mucous membranes. Transmission of the virus is more likely if contact occurs when one person has an outbreak and has contact (kissing, oral sex, etc.) with another person. Transmission can occur when the person with the virus is not having an outbreak but it is more likely in the event of an outbreak.

      A lot of people do have HSV 1 and most people get it as children - usually as a result of being kissed by relatives. Most people, however, are unaware that they have oral herpes. Some people never experience outbreaks. Or, if they do have an outbreak, "cold sores" or "fever blisters" are so de-stigmatized in society that they may not realize these sores or blisters are caused by the herpes virus.

  11. QUESTION:
    Just out of curiosity is it a 100% chance you will get herpes for eating a girl out?
    How exactly do people get herpes? I never quite understood. I've heard some people say that you can only get it if both of you carry the virus. And which precautions would you have to take to avoid getting herpes. I'm not planning on doing this any time soon just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      Pre Caution- ASK your partner "Hey do you have Herpes?"

      Only one person can have it and give it to someone who does not and hey you both got it

  12. QUESTION:
    People with herpes. "Help me, please!"?
    I'm a person that has herpes simplex.
    I'm 18 years old, i get depressed when i get it.
    I use medication and herpes lasts me like for a week or a week and a half!
    For those days i don't go to work!
    I do no call, no show!
    I don't care if i get fired, but i'm not going to work if i have it on my face! I get depressed and see the internet.
    I see images of people and babies, kids and etc... that have this. I think that this people that have it, would be better of dead. That way they don't have to deal with the pain and depression of the way they look.
    People that are reading this have you searched the internet on yahoo images, Keyword (herpes).
    It's sad!
    People don't get mad at me for thinking that! Its just that i feel angry that maybe i'm never gonna get married later because herpes is something serious. And people are not gonna want to marry me because they might be scared that i would contage them.

    Well, people help me giving your opinion?
    how do i do it to live with this?
    How can i go to work, but people not noticing what i have?
    I have not told no one at work that i have this!,not even friends
    My life sucks!

    • ANSWER:
      Well that would be a good percentage off the world that would be "better off dead" 50-80 percent of the world has oral herpes which can cause cold sores. It's sad but life does go on. You should at least call in to work, that will go on your record and it work against you when you apply for future jobs. Some people still go to work even though they have visible cold sores.
      Some guys will want to run for the hill because they can't deal with herpes because there is a slight risk of passing it even if you don't have an out break. If they run then you don't need them.
      People will notice eventually it's up to them weather or not they ask you about it or stare at you. I go to work with when I have cold sores and it's not a problem for me. Younger kids with cold sores will eventually learn like you did that they are oral herpes. You can try using some concealer but the best thing is to keep them clean and dry to let them heal up. You have cold sores...at least you don't have them down south. Just keep your self distracted so you don't notice the pain and use one of those over the counter creams to help heal it faster.
      I have HSV1 and HSV2.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can people get genital herpes even without having sex?
    Please don't make fun. I have painful swelling in my private area every once in a while and it hurts really bad (outside). I am not sexually active, I have NEVER had sex. I know someone who do have genital herpes and I am sometimes around them but I have never slept with her. What is this and how can I get rid of it? Should I be worried, because I am.

    • ANSWER:
      first of all to all the dummies saying sharing clothes and stuff thats wrong. second of all, genital herpes cant be transmitted unless u have sex. thats y its called STD sexualy transmitted diseases. and this may seem weird but if ur still not convincened check ur vagina and see if there are any blisters, plus the most common symptom (if it appears) is painful urnination. and if u have herpes,u would have flu like symptoms IF ur symptomatic, but no sex= no herpes or other STDs u might have an infection which is completly different. U DONT HAVE IT :D hope this helped clear some things XD

  14. QUESTION:
    How come some people with herpes have outbreaks and others do not?
    I found out that I had herpes today and I would have never known it if I didn't request that I be tested for all STD's.

    I have NEVER had an outbreak and the doctor says since I have never had one, she doubts that I will ever get one.
    How come SOME people have outbreaks and others dont?

    Its really scary when you think of how many people out there have something... like me and just dont know it. Probally out spreading it to other people. IDK how long I have had it, who I got it from and who I may have given it to. SCARY!
    Practice safe sex guys!

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on which type of herpes virus you were infected with (HSV-1 or HSV-2), where you were infected with it (ie. mouth, anogenital region), and your immune system and other host factors -- everyone is diferent. Herpes can present in so many ways and is often missed.

      HSV-1, which many people mistakenly believe you can only get on your mouth, can actually infect either location. It PREFERS the mouth area, but it can infect the genitals. When it causes an infection outside of its prefered location it is less infectious, causes few if any "outbreaks". 70% of people who experience their 'first' genital outbreak are actually infected with HSV-1. It is more and more common around the world (in varying degrees) for HSV-1 genital herpes to be on the rise.
      **IF a person has already been infected with HSV-1 on the mouth, which many people have, their immune system would more than likely prevent a genital infection of HSV-1. **

      HSV-2, which can infect both locations as well, prefers the genital area. It is very uncommon for an HSV-2 infection to be diagnosed in the mouth area, but it has been recorded. Most likely these infections are not noticed by the patient and are underdiagnosed as a result -- they seem to be very mild infections -- again, outside of it's prefered location.

      Herpes is VERY common in our society. I hope that a vaccine is available and effective soon. There has been some promise seen is some trials.

  15. QUESTION:
    How big is the chance of herpes infection?
    This will sound really stupid but I never really cared about stds besides hiv and it was just recently I found out that so many people have herpes, or at least in usa, here in europe, not so many I guess.

    Well Ive been having sex with different girls just for one night, and am planning to... What are the chances this disease is transmitted? I will obviously notice if the person has an outbreak, or not? What can I do to prevent getting this virus from girls? Is there something together with a condom?

    • ANSWER:
      You may already have it. Most people who have herpes have symptoms that are so mild that they don't realize they are infected - even though they can spread the virus to others.

      Herpes can be transmitted even when no symptoms are present. And you may not notice her symptoms, even if she has them. Heck, she may not notice her symptoms. Condoms do not do much to protect against the virus.

      In committed couples, where they were very careful to never have sex during an outbreak, the likelihood of transmission was small. But that is not your situation. You really aren't in a position to strategize with these women about protecting yourself. It is also unlikely that they will trust you not to reject them, and probably don't feel much loyalty to keeping you healthy. This is the nature of one-night stands, I'm afraid.

      I'd say that your chances are quite high that you will contract herpes - if you haven't already.

      The biggest hassle about herpes is that you have a moral obligation to then tell future partners that they are at risk. I "catted around" quite a bit until I caught herpes. After that, I was sort of stuck. I was not inconsiderate enough to sleep with men without telling them about the risk. But I knew that no one would want to have a one-night stand with someone who had herpes. I chose to start dating monogamously. I suspect that many others simply choose to put their partners at risk.

      I'm sorry that I don't have a better answer for you. You'll either need to accept the risk, or you'll need to start getting intimate enough with these women to have an honest conversation with them about STDs.

      And I would go and get a complete STD panel done - which usually doesnt' include herpes unless you ask.

      For more information on genital herpes, as well as HPV (which is also difficult to avoid), I recommend the website below. It's easy to read, and quite reliable.

      Good luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    questions about oral herpes. people with past experience?
    so almost 2 weeks ago i got sick. sore throat. fever. body aches. i went to the doctor. they said it was a virus. no prescription needed. i got over it mostly. right about the time it went away. i started getting sores inside my mouth. not on my gums. not my tongue. not the roof of my mouth. only inside of my cheeks and lips. and underneath the tongue. went back to the doctor today. she said it looks like herpes. but i don't know how that could of happened? how long does it take after being exposed does it take for symptoms to occur? i have a girlfriend. been dating for over 6 months. she has never had any symptom like this. shes the only one ive kissed since then. im always careful about sharing drinks. i usually don't. im a germaphob. so i was really surprised when the doctor mentioned herpes. i really see no possible way i could of been exposed. she said it could be due to a virus. but i wont know the results of the tests for a few days. im looking for positive feedback. and hoping it isn't herpes. but im still scared and nervous. your thoughts?? no sores anywhere else. not the lips. or genitals. only symptoms are what i listed above
    i also don't know a single person who has ever had herpes. so the only other place it could of happened would be at work. and i only have MY water bottle i drink out of. and im kind of a quiet person. and we don't work in close conditions. so that is really unlikely too

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    How do people get genital herpes?
    Can be taken from going to a public toilet? or just intercourse?
    Can you have genital herpes on your back passage only?
    I am on a dispute with a friend about this problems and I would appreciate a simple, documented and direct answer. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

  18. QUESTION:
    People with herpes Help?
    A little over a week ago I had a couple pimples on my buttocks. Here and there I'll get pimples on my buttocks sometimes and when I do I just pick them and they disappear. There has never been any itchiness, swelling, rash, or discharge of ANY kind. I popped them and they always went away, thats it. Well this time, I popped a pimple and the next day my butt was covered in what looked to be a cluster of pimples it was red and painful. I Googled and read that sometimes popping pimples causes more acne, so I thought ok i'll just rub one of my clearasil wipes on my butt and it'll help. Well, the following day it was even more painful and red. The cluster had developed more "pimples" and some had even turned into blisters. So I thought, crap I infected them. I sprayed bactine on the area and left it alone. I went to the doctors the next day because the previous night the area was throbbing in a sting like pain and I knew I had to get this looked at. The doc looked and said it definitely didnt look like pimples anymore. He took a picture and took it upstairs to the dermatologist and when he came back down he told me the dermatologist told him it looked like herpes. I was shocked because I cant imagine how in the hell I got herpes and on my buttocks of all places?? He said he was almost positive thats what it was, but he ordered me the herpes blood test to take and said he would call with the results.

    Its been a little over a week now. I'm devastated. I've looked at pictures online of herpes and indeed my rash does look like herpes. I have been married for 2 1/2 years to the same man and we have been together for 3. He does not have herpes. I have never cheated on my husband. My husband has also been 100% faithful to me. I read that herpes can lie dormant, but it still doesnt make sense to me. I have a weak immune system. It has been diminished for the last 4 years for unknown reasons. If I had it before, I HIGHLY doubt it would have stayed dormant for all of these years because as weak as my immune system is, it would have showed face immediately. I have had past sexual partners but I was never promiscuous at all. I was in one previous relationship where I didnt use protection which was like 4-5 years ago and he did not have herpes. How? It doesnt make ANY sense. An even weirder side effect I have been experiencing with this outbreak, itching on one side of my body. The rash is on my butt, but I have been itching on different places on my thigh away from the outbreak. No bumps/pimples where I itch. But it has turned red and swollen a bit, I'm guessing probably from the constant itching. When I was at the doctors he prescribed me Acyclovir 3x a day for 5 days. I finished my last dose last night. The sores on my butt are now almost all scabbed over. How long is this gonna last? How could I have contracted herpes? And why did i get an outbreak on my buttocks? I have nothing on my genitals.

    • ANSWER:
      Most doctors are dumb asses it sound like you have psoriasis not herpes.

  19. QUESTION:
    two questions: one, how do people get herpes exactly and two is it possible that only one partner can get it?

    Is it also possibleto get it if your only partner is not infected

    • ANSWER:
      http://herpesrxfast.com/valtrex.php

      .HSV is generally transmitted by direct contact of lips and/or genitals when the sores are present, or just before they appear (known as shedding). There is no cure for HSV infection although there are antiviral drugs available that have some effect in lessening the symptoms and decreasing the length of herpes outbreaks. There is evidence that some of these drugs may also prevent future outbreaks. For the best results drug treatment should begin during the prodrome stage before blisters are visible. Depending upon the length of the outbreak, drug treatment could continue up to 10 days. I get my Herpes meds online at HerpesRxFAST. com You do not even need a prior prescription!


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is the difference of genital herpes hsv1 and genital herpes hsv2?
    is those two virus the same or different. i want to know what is the difference between the genital herpes hsv 1 and hsv2?

    • ANSWER:
      It's kinda like saying what's the difference between Red Delicious and Granny Smith Apples?....they are both apples but different kinds. The same is true for hsv 1 and 2. They are both herpes viruses but different kinds. HSV1 tends to be the variety that is what we call 'cold sores' and HSV2 tends to be the variety that causes genital blisters. However, either variety can live in either place. So.....HSV! can be in the genital area and well as the lips and vice versa. There is no cure and they are treated the same. A blood test can determine is you have 1 or2 or both. A culture of the blister itself can also tell you if its 1 or 2. Since the treatment is the same, I don't usually culture the blisteres in the office. I do a blood test though.

  2. QUESTION:
    When did you tell your partner that you have genital herpes?
    When did you tell your bf/gf that you have genital herpes? How long were you dating and how did they take it?

    • ANSWER:
      you must tell your partner before first sex! it will be honest move!

      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

      anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    Why is it that people who test positive for HSV-1 never have cold sores or outbreaks?
    I tested positive but have never had cold sores or outbreaks on my genital area. Why is that? Is my immune system working real well, is that why?

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores, which are small and somewhat painful blisters that usually show up on or around a person's lips, are caused by the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1). But they don't just show up on the lips. They can sometimes be inside the mouth, on the face, or even inside or on the nose. These places are the most common, but sores can appear anywhere on the body, including the genital area.

      Genital herpes isn't typically caused by HSV-1; it's caused by another type of the herpes simplex virus called herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) and is spread by sexual contact. But even though HSV-1 typically causes sores around the mouth and HSV-2 causes genital sores, these viruses can cause sores in either place.

      HSV-1 is very common — if you have it, chances are you picked it up when you were a kid. Most people who are infected with the herpes simplex virus got it during their preschool years, most likely from close contact with someone who has it or getting kissed by an adult with the virus.

      Although a person who has HSV-1 doesn't always have sores, the virus stays in the body and there's no permanent cure.

      When someone gets infected with HSV-1, the virus makes its way through the skin and into a group of nerve cells called a ganglion (pronounced: gang-glee-in). The virus moves in here, takes a long snooze, and every now and then decides to wake up and cause a cold sore. But not everyone who gets the herpes simplex virus develops cold sores. In some people, the virus stays dormant (asleep) permanently.

      What causes the virus to "wake up" or reactivate? The truth is, no one knows for sure. A person doesn't necessarily have to have a cold to get a cold sore — they can be brought on by other infections, fever, stress, sunlight, cold weather, hormone changes in menstruation or pregnancy, tooth extractions, and certain foods and drugs. In a lot of people, the cause is unpredictable.

      Here's how a cold sore develops:

      * The herpes simplex virus-1, which has been lying dormant in the body, reactivates or "wakes up."
      * The virus travels toward the area where the cold sore decides to show up (like a person's lip) via the nerve endings.
      * The area below the skin's surface, where the cold sore is going to appear, starts to tingle, itch, or burn.
      * A red bump appears in the area about a day or so after the tingling.
      * The bump blisters and turns into a cold sore.
      * After a few days, the cold sore dries up and a yellow crust appears in its place.
      * The scab-like yellow crust falls off and leaves behind a pinkish area where it once was.
      * The redness fades away as the body heals and sends the herpes simplex virus back to "sleep."

      Cold sores are really contagious. If you have a cold sore, it's very easy to infect another person with HSV-1. The virus spreads through direct contact — through skin contact or contact with oral or genital secretions (like through kissing). Although the virus is most contagious when a sore is present, it can still be passed on even if you can't see a sore. HSV-1 can also be spread by sharing a cup or eating utensils with someone who has it.

      In addition, if you or your partner gets cold sores on the mouth, the herpes simplex virus-1 can be transmitted during oral sex and cause herpes in the genital area.

      Herpes simplex virus-1 also can spread if a person touches the cold sore and then touches a mucous membrane or an area of the skin with a cut on it. Mucous membranes are the moist, protective linings made of tissue that are found in certain areas of your body like your nose, eyes, mouth, and vagina. So it's best to not mess with a cold sore — don't pick, pinch, or squeeze it.

      Actually, it's a good idea to not even touch active cold sores. If you do touch an active cold sore, don't touch other parts of your body. Be especially careful about touching your eyes — if it gets into the eyes, HSV-1 can cause a lot of damage. Wash your hands as soon as possible. In fact, if you have a cold sore or you're around someone with a cold sore, try to wash your hands frequently.

      If they aren't taken care of properly, cold sores can develop into bacterial skin infections. And they can actually be dangerous for people whose immune systems are weakened (such as infants and people who have cancer or HIV/AIDS) as well as those with eczema. For people with any of these conditions, an infection triggered by a cold sore can actually be life threatening.
      How Are Cold Sores Diagnosed and Treated?

      Cold sores normally go away on their own within 7 to 10 days. And although no medications can make the infection go away, prescription drugs and creams are available that can shorten the length of the outbreak and make the cold sore less painful.

      If you have a cold sore, it's important to see your doctor if:

      * you have another health condition that has weakened your immune system
      * the sores don't heal by themselves within 7 to 10 days
      * you get co

  4. QUESTION:
    what can my daughter take to get rid of the pain?
    My daughter has genital herpes, it's the first time she's ever had it, is there anything she can do to get rid of the pain? I feel so sorry for her because she can't hardly walk.

    • ANSWER:
      1) Try pouring warm water over your genitals when you go.
      If you just started taking the meds then they take a few days to sink in and start working. If you have taken them for more then a week and they are not doing any thing for you then you may want to consider going back to the doctor and trying a different medication.
      You can try taking pain killers and using things like Abreva or Lipactin to help heal the out break.Or you can also try diluted 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the out break.
      Try to calm your self down, stressing out will only make things worse. There is also Lysine it's more natural then the meds but don't take Lysine and the meds at the same time.
      2) anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

      Working in women's health + personal experience

  5. QUESTION:
    If you have unprotected sex with somebody who has herpes, what are the chances that you contracted herpes?
    For the sake of the question, you are the guy, and she is a girl. She did not have an outbreak visible at the time when you had sex, and she has had herpes for over a year. You gave her oral sex, and you also had vaginal/penetration sex.

    Does this mean you automatically have herpes or is their a chance that you don't get it?

    • ANSWER:
      In Oral Herpes the viruses cycle between periods of active disease—presenting as blisters containing infectious virus particles—that last 2–21 days, followed by a remission period. The person is infectious when the blisters are present but fine when they are in remission.

      In Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic. This means the infected person can have no outward signs (though viral shedding may still occur) and still be highly infectious.

      Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1). Genital herpes herpes is simplex virus-2 (HSV-2). However, even though HSV-1 typically causes sores around the mouth and HSV-2 causes genital sores, these viruses can cause sores in either place so oral sex can transmit the disease between the teo body parts.

      Both types are transmitted from one person to another through contact with bodily fluids. Also, In genital herpes there is a small chance of catching it through vaginal shedding via mere skin-to-skin contact (no penetration).

      After initial infection, the viruses are transported along sensory nerves to the sensory nerve cell bodies, where they become latent and reside life-long. In oral herpes they live in the nerves behind the ear and in genital herpes in the small of the back.

      Causes of recurrence are uncertain, though some potential triggers have been identified, The previously latent virus then multiplies new virus particles in the nerve cell and these are transported along the axon of each neuron to the nerve terminals in the skin, where they are released and the infected person has an outbreak.

      If this girl has the virus then even if she wasn't showing any outward signs they the chances of catching herpes is extremely high and as yet there is no cure and once caught its with you for life.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is herpes and how is it transmitted? Can you get it by shaking hands with someone with herpes outbreak?
    can you get it through shaking hands or hugging someone? and what are genital warts? are there cures for these?

    • ANSWER:
      What is Herpes?

      Herpes is a common viral infection. It causes oral herpes (cold sores or fever blisters), and genital herpes (genital sores or sores below the waist).

      There are two herpes simplex viruses:
      • Herpes Simplex Type 1 (HSV-1)
      • Herpes Simplex Type 2 (HSV-2)

      These viruses look identical under the microscope, and either type can infect the mouth or genitals. Most commonly, however, HSV-1 occurs above the waist, and HSV-2 below.

      The body's natural defense system is called the "Immune Responses". Whenever herpes attacks the immune system, the body fights back against this menace. As the battle grows more intense, there are heavy losses by both the herpes virus and the immune system. This causes the body to be less able to defend itself from attacks by other viruses. For those very reasons, a herpes patient should try to keep the herpes virus under control at all times.

      Both types of the virus can be transmitted through direct contact. A person can get the cold sores of HSV1 by kissing or sharing eating utensils with an infected person. A person can get genital herpes or HSV2 by having intimate contact with an infected person. A mother who has genital herpes can pass the infection on to her newborn if she delivers the baby vaginally.

  7. QUESTION:
    percautions that are need to live with someone with genetal herpes?
    My roomate has genetal herpes what are some percautions that i need to take so i wont get infected?

    • ANSWER:
      The article below from the National Institutes of Health should give you some idea, especially under prevention. Another question you may want to know is how long herpes can live on a surface. I haven't been able to find it. You may want to check out http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_overview.cfm as well as the article below:

      October 2005

      Genital Herpes
      OVERVIEW
      Genital herpes is an infection of the genitals, buttocks, or anal area caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV.
      HSV type 1 most commonly infects the mouth and lips, causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores. It is also an important cause of sores to the genitals.
      HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes, but it also can infect the mouth.
      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 5 American teenagers and adults is infected with HSV-2. Women are more commonly infected than men. In the United States, 1 out of 4 women is infected with HSV-2.

      Since the late 1970s, the number of people with genital herpes infection has increased 30 percent nationwide. The largest increase has been among teens and young adults.

      TRANSMISSION
      If you have genital herpes infection, you can easily pass or transmit the virus to an uninfected partner during sex.

      Most people get genital herpes by having sex with someone who is shedding the herpes virus either during an outbreak or during a period with no symptoms. People who do not know they have herpes play an important role in transmission.

      You can transmit herpes through close contact other than sexual intercourse, through oral sex or close skin-to-skin contact, for example.

      The virus is spread rarely, if at all, by objects such as a toilet seat or hot tub.

      Reduce your risk of spreading herpes

      People with herpes should follow a few simple steps to avoid spreading the infection to other places on their body or other people.

      Avoid touching the infected area during an outbreak, and wash your hands after contact with the area.
      Do not have sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) from the time of first genital symptoms until symptoms are completely gone.
      TREATMENT
      Although there is no cure for genital herpes, your health care provider might prescribe an antiviral medicine to treat your symptoms and to help prevent future outbreaks. This can decrease the risk of passing herpes to sexual partners. Medicines to treat genital herpes are

      Acyclovir (Zovirax)
      Famciclovir (Famvir)
      Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
      SYMPTOMS
      Symptoms of herpes are called outbreaks. The first outbreak appears within 2 weeks after you become infected and can last for several weeks. These symptoms might include tingling or sores near the area where the virus has entered the body, such as on the genital or rectal area, on buttocks or thighs, or occasionally on other parts of the body where the virus has entered through broken skin. They also can occur inside the vagina and on the cervix in women, or in the urinary passage of women and men. Small red bumps appear first, develop into small blisters, and then become itchy, painful sores that might develop a crust and will heal without leaving a scar.

      Sometimes, there is a crack or raw area or some redness without pain, itching, or tingling.

      Other symptoms that may accompany the first (and less often future) outbreak of genital herpes are fever, headache, muscle aches, painful or difficult urination, vaginal discharge, and swollen glands in the groin area.

      Often, though, people don’t recognize their first or subsequent outbreaks. People who have mild or no symptoms at all may not think they are infected with herpes. They can still transmit the virus to others, however.

      Recurrence of herpes outbreaks

      In most people, the virus can become active and cause outbreaks several times a year. This is called a recurrence, and infected people can have symptoms. HSV remains in certain nerve cells of your body for life. When the virus is triggered to be active, it travels along the nerves to your skin. There, it makes more virus and sometimes new sores near the site of the first outbreak.

      Recurrences are generally much milder than the first outbreak of genital herpes. HSV-2 genital infection is more likely to result in recurrences than HSV-1 genital infection. Recurrences become less common over time.

      Symptoms from recurrences might include itching, tingling, vaginal discharge, and a burning feeling or pain in the genital or anal area. Sores may be present during a recurrence, but sometimes they are small and easily overlooked.

      Sometimes, the virus can become active but not cause any visible sores or any symptoms. During these times, small amounts of the virus may be shed at or near places of the first infection, in fluids from the mouth, penis, or vagina, or from barely noticeable sores. This is called asymptomatic (without symptoms) shedding. Even though you are not aware of the shedding, you can infect a sexual partner during this time. Asymptomatic shedding is an important factor in the spread of herpes.

      DIAGNOSIS
      Your health care provider can diagnose typical genital herpes by looking at the sores. Some cases, however, are more difficult to diagnose.

      The virus sometimes, but not always, can be detected by a laboratory test called a culture. A culture is done when your health care provider uses a swab to get and study material from a suspected herpes sore. You may still have genital herpes, however, even if your culture is negative (which means it does not show HSV).

      A blood test cannot show whether you are having a herpes outbreak, but it can show if you are infected with HSV. Newer blood tests, called type-specific tests, can tell whether you are infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2. Blood tests cannot tell between genital and other herpes infections. Health experts assume, however, that if you are positive for HSV-2, you have had genital infection.

      Coping with herpes

      A diagnosis of genital herpes can have emotional effects whether or not symptoms are present. If you have genital herpes, you are probably concerned about the effect of your disease on personal relationships. In addition, your sexual partner may be concerned about their risk of infection. Proper counseling and treatment can help you and your partner learn to cope with the disease.

      PREVENTION
      Because herpes can be transmitted from someone who has no symptoms, using these precautions is not enough to prevent transmission. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved Valtrex for use in preventing transmission of genital herpes. It has to be taken continuously by the infected person, and while it significantly decreases the risk of the transmission of herpes, transmission can still occur.

      Do not have oral genital contact in the presence of any symptoms or findings of oral herpes.
      Using barriers such as condoms during sexual activity may decrease transmission, but transmission can occur even if condoms are used correctly. Condoms may not cover all infected areas.
      COMPLICATIONS
      Genital herpes infections usually do not cause serious health problems in healthy adults. In some people whose immune systems do not work properly, genital herpes outbreaks can be unusually severe and long lasting.

      Occasionally, people with normal immune systems can get herpes infection of the eye, called ocular herpes. Ocular herpes is usually caused by HSV-1 but sometimes by HSV-2. It can occasionally result in serious eye disease, including blindness.

      A woman with herpes who is pregnant can pass the infection to her baby. A baby born with herpes might die or have serious brain, skin, or eye problems. Pregnant women who have herpes, or whose sex partner has herpes should discuss the situation with her health care provider. Together they can make a plan to reduce her or her baby’s risk of getting infected. Babies who are born with herpes do better if the disease is recognized and treated early.

      Genital herpes, like other genital diseases that cause sores, is important in the spread of HIV infection.

      RESEARCH
      The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) supports research on genital herpes and HSV. Studies are currently underway to develop better treatments for the millions of people who suffer from genital herpes. While some scientists are carrying out clinical trials to determine the best way to use existing medicines, others are studying the biology of HSV. NIAID scientists have identified certain genes and enzymes (proteins) that the virus needs to survive. They are hopeful that drugs aimed at disrupting these viral targets might lead to the design of more effective treatments.

      Meanwhile, other researchers are devising methods to control the virus’ spread. Two important means of preventing HSV infection are vaccines and topical microbicides.

      Several different vaccines are in various stages of development. These include vaccines made from proteins on the HSV cell surface, peptides or chains of amino acids, and the DNA of the virus itself. NIAID and GlaxoSmithKline are supporting a large clinical trial in women of an experimental vaccine that may help prevent transmission of genital herpes. The trial is being conducted at more than 35 sites nationwide. For more information, click here Herpevac Trial for Women or go to herpesvaccine.nih.gov.

      Topical microbicides, preparations containing microbe-killing compounds, are also in various stages of development and testing. These include gels, creams, or lotions that a woman could insert into the vagina prior to intercourse to prevent infection.

      An NIAID-supported clinical trial demonstrated that once-daily suppressive therapy using valacyclovir significantly reduces risk of transmission of genital herpes to an uninfected partner. This is the first time an antiviral medication had been shown to reduce the risk of transmission of an STI. This strategy may contribute to preventing the spread of genital herpes.

      MORE INFORMATION
      National Library of Medicine
      MedlinePlus
      8600 Rockville Pike
      Bethesda, MD 20894
      1-888-FIND-NLM (1-888-346-3656) or 301-594-5983
      http://medlineplus.gov

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      CDC-INFO
      1600 Clifton Road
      Atlanta, GA 30333
      1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
      1-888-232-6348 TTY
      http://www.cdc.gov

      The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
      409 12th Street, S.W.
      P.O. Box 96920
      Washington, DC 20090-6920
      202-863-2518
      http://www.acog.org

      National Herpes Resource Center and Hotline
      American Social Health Association
      P.O. Box 13827
      Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-9940
      919-361-8488 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday)
      http://www.ashastd.org/hrc/index.html

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      NIAID is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. NIAID supports basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious and immune-mediated illnesses, including HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, illness from potential agents of bioterrorism, tuberculosis, malaria, autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies.

      News releases, fact sheets and other NIAID-related materials are available on the NIAID Web site at http://www.niaid.nih.gov.

      Prepared by:
      Office of Communications and Public Liaison
      National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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      Bethesda, MD 20892

      PS: Just to be extra safe you may want to wash your clothes separately. If this isn't possible use hot water. You might even want to use a hot water with bleach empty load to be safe or wash washer with 70% alcohol. DO NOT mix alcohol and bleach though! This will make very toxic acid (HCl)
      I don't know if it's necessary but you will feel safer. I lived in communal housing where everyone's clothes were washed together. At least one girl had herpes and I never got it. But then the nun running it was generous with hot water and chlorox bleach. But, bleach can cause allergies to your skin, so better to put it to clean the washer than your clothes.

      Clean shower floor well, maybe with 70% alcohol OR bleach solution (if you want). Rinse bleach off well. Same for a tub bath. Just running water can mechanically remove viruses and bacteria. So, at the very least turn on shower for a few minutes with hot water before you get in.

      If you do use bleach, be sure and have windows open and vent! Too much bleach is far more dangerous than herpes!

  8. QUESTION:
    Is hand wash a good substitute of soap to wash herpes?
    Is it? I was wondering if hand wash is still good enough to clean the herpes away?

    • ANSWER:
      What the heck?!

      You can't wash away herpes. If you are infected, you're infected. You have it for life. The virus will end up establishing a latent infection in one of your nerve cells.

      (This is true for both HSV-1 and HSV-2, the oral herpes and genital herpes viruses respectively.)

      There is no treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.

      Another way, (which is substantiated through a recent study published in the journal PLoS ONE) has to do with boosting your immune system and helping it to actually become much stronger than the virus.

  9. QUESTION:
    Stomatitus My nephew is freaking out that he has herpes. He keeps saying oh this is gonna be a life Changer?
    He keeps saying oh this is gonna be a life Changer? A few questions. 1. What is it? Is it actually like the sexual Disease or is it a Canvur soar. 2.How long does it last and is it life long? 3. How contageous is it? We are looking for info and he is freaking my parents out with all types of information. You know grandparents. Thanks A lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes comes in two "types." HSV-1 (oral herpes) and HSV-2 (genital herpes)

      #1-Herpes Simplex Virus-1 is Oral Herpes--or usually called "cold sores" or "fever blisters." About 80% of the US population has it, 56% of teens do, and by age 50, about 90% of the population is infected. Most people get it as babies when a relative with the virus kisses them, or in nursery school/kindergarten/elementary school by sharing toys, foods, drinks with others who are infected, or in high school/college by kissing others, sharing drinks, etc. While oral herpes generally affects the mouth, it can be transmitted to the genitals during oral sex. In fact, the largest increase in herpes cases today is from teens performing oral sex.

      #2-The second type is Herpes Simplex Virus-2, which affects the genitals. While it can be spread to the mouth during oral sex, it is rare because the virus prefers the genital area.

      Both oral and genital herpes are contagious and can be transmitted simply by skin-on-skin contact with the lips or anywhere in the "boxer area." Additionally, the virus "sheds," an invisible process that occurs with no visible sores but still can infect others.

      Like most viruses, there is no cure, but there is treatment. Once you are infected the virus remains in the body, where it will occasionally surface causing sores (called "outbreaks). You can suppress the virus with anti-viral meds, such as Valtrex (VERY expensive!) or acyclovir (about for a month's supply). Herpes outbreaks generally last between 5-10 days and can be very painful if they affect the genitals. Primary outbreaks of either type are generally the worst and often require medical treatment.

      Also, there are MANY people who are infected but never show any symptoms ("asymptomatic"). Many cases can be traced to someone who was infected but did not know it.

      Testing for herpes includes taking a viral culture of the actual sores within 24-48 hours of the outbreak. After that point, an IgG type-specific blood test will be given. Because everyone's immune system is different, it can take up to 4 months for a reliable test result that shows you have antibodies for the virus, indicating that you are infected with herpes. Antibodies can show up anywhere between 2 weeks-4 months. In some cases, it has taken 6 months for the antibodies to occur.

      Having herpes is a life changer, because there is always a risk that you will transmit the virus to others. For that reason, it can put a damper on sexual spontaneity. Further, because people generally don't realize it really ISN'T a big deal, those with herpes are inclined to be rejected once their herpes status is known. Herpes also requires attention during childbirth, since untreated Moms can infect the baby if an outbreak occurs during the time she gives birth.

      Having said that, there are married couples with one spouse who has herpes, and the other still does not--after 15+ years of marriage! There are many who are dating, others engaged to, others living with partners who remain herpes negative after long periods of time.

      Your nephew might want to check out the source below for REAL information on herpes by medical experts on the topic. This is NOT spam--it's from the noted Westover Heights (STD) Clinic. Just open the "View Chapters" link and you can read all you want--it's free--as is the pdf download.

      There's also a large community of folks with herpes out there on the second source--Shut Up and Post (created and monitored by "Yoshi"). Your nephew can ANONYMOUSLY communicate with those who have been infected a long time--as well as medical and scientific experts. There is NOTHING he can ask that they won't have an answer for--including questions on dating and "the telling"!

      Time to get educated!

      Hope this helps!

  10. QUESTION:
    Can herpes be transmitted from a cold sore through oral sex?
    My best friend told me that she is being tested for herpes after finding what she thought was a cut on her vagina. The Dr. stated it was not a cut and her professional opinion was it is herpes. She thinks she was exposed when her husband (who has not shown any signs of herpes in the past and was supposedly STD free) gave her oral sex when he had a fever blister. I have never heard of this before. Does this mean two individuals without herpes can give herpes to each other through oral sex with a cold sore ? And then you cannot ever cure herpes? That is so scary, I hope it is not true!!! Do you think her husband actually cheated on her and caught herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      There are two types of herpes virus. Herpes simplex virus 1 and Herpex simplex virus 2. Otherwise known as HSV 1 and HSV 2.

      Typically, genital herpes is caused by HSV 2 and is transmitted by sexual contact. However, a significant portion of genital herpes is caused by HSV-1 (the cold sore kind). It gets there by, you guessed it, oral sex.

      Also, of all the people infected with HSV 2, only 10% (on average) will ever have the typical blisters. They can still transmit the disease to others. So her husband could have transmitted the infection to her from a sexual contact that he had prior to their marriage.

      In matters of love, anything can happen. I wouldn't jump to conclusions, however, about the fidelity of her husband.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is is ok for me to take valtrex during my pregnancy?
    I have Herpes Simplex 1 and I had it 4 a while but never never had any break outs. but now that im pregnant im having breakouts on my lips. i have valtrex but is it safe for me to take it. I know i cant deliver vaginally or ill transmit to my baby. i just don't wanna walk around with this stuff on my lip.

    • ANSWER:
      you should call your doctor immediately and ask about Valtrex!
      also you should know that Herpes is not genetic, it's usually passed by skin contact when the baby comes through the birth canal when the mother has an out break of genital herpes. It's possible but herpes can be deadly to newborns, or they could have some problems with. they could become blind or have some brain damage.
      There are things that can be done to prevent herpes from being passed on when the mother gives birth. Such as having a c-section if there is an out break at the time of delivery.

      anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

      Working in women's health + personal experience

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there different intensities of the herpes virus?
    I know theres type 1 and type 2. But are theyre different strands of the type 1 virues, or is it all the same?

    Also, I know its spread primarily by skin to skin contact. And its possible to have it oral, and not genital. Then how is it, that that the virus is in your blood but it does effect all areas? Like the chicken pox or something.

    • ANSWER:
      There are eight members of the herpesvirus family: herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) (usually cold sores and oral herpes), herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) (usually genital herpes), varicella-zoster virus (VZV) (chicken pox, herpes zoster), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) (mononucleosis and others), cytomegalovirus (CMV), human herpes virus-6 (roseola), human herpes virus-7, and human herpes virus-8 (Kaposi's sarcoma, Castleman's disease). Most humans around the world eventually become infected with one or more than one of these. They play a role in many diseases including several cancers. Because these viruses establish a latent state in humans, medicines only control symptoms of disease or prevent outbreaks, and cannot cure the infections. A vaccine is available for chickenpox and will soon be available for herpes simplex.

      http://www.modern-psychiatry.com/herpes.htm

  13. QUESTION:
    can herpes lie dorment in your body and symtoms will show up years later?
    My partner recently got white spots in her mouth and in her female part. We have been together for four years and i cant figure out how she has them and i dont dont have them. The doctor is running tests but she seems to think it is herpes...

    • ANSWER:
      Yes herpes or genital herpes can lie dormant for years.
      The outbreak occur when the immune system is down.
      Triggers might be by stress, sunburn, fever …
      The late manifestations may include flu like symptoms such as fever, headache, chills and swelling and enlargement of the lymph nodes in the body.

      Genital herpes is a STD - viral infection. You may not know, but genital herpes are caused by a virus called Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 or HSV-2. This virus is a STD and it means that it is transmitted to another person through sexual contact.
      The similar is HSV type 1, but this type of virus usually infects area around the mouth and demonstrates itself as a ‘cold sores’.
      Because HSV-1 and HSV-2 belong to same category of herpes, you should avoid having an oral sex when you have a cold sores, because you can infect your partner with herpes type 2.
      You can become infected only during the herpes outbreak while having sex or by kissing (exchanging bodily fluid).

      You might not know who is infected. You might not know even if YOU have it, until outbreak develop!One thing that makes genital herpes easily transmitted is the fact that most people do not know that they are the carriers. Yes, genital herpes is asymptomatic most of the time.

      Symptoms may appear for a few days then it can go away.
      The most common physical manifestation is, itching, painful sores and blisters in the genital area.
      These symptoms appear in the early stage of the disease however, when genital herpes progresses, more severe symptoms appear.

      There is genital herpes treatment, but NO CURE.
      Since it is a viral infection, there is no specific herpes cure for it.

      The treatment approach for genital herpes is symptomatic and not cure directed.
      Herpes may not appear for years again, it depend on the severity of the disease.

      Hate to break the news to you, but you are most probably infected as well, you just not know about it. Genital herpes is one of the most common sexual transmitted diseases.

      Unfortunately, the bad news is that, once you are infected by herpes virus, it will stay in your nervous system for rest of your life.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I stop cold sores from developing?
    I had a cold last week so typically this morning I woke up with a cold sore :(
    Anyway whenever I get one, another always seems to follow a few days later, so how can I stop any more in their tracks before they arrive?

    • ANSWER:
      HI Marbles

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also, for long term health be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  15. QUESTION:
    What are ten reasons to avoid infection with STDs?
    I don't really understand the question. Is it asking for reasons that you can take to avoid STDs or reasons that STD's is dangerson.

    • ANSWER:
      STI's (Sexually Transmitted Infections) (STD's is an outdated term) as one can be infected and infectable without having a symptoms of a disease. Your teacher is probably asking for you to think about why you would really WANT to avoid them, here are some answers. Actually it's a hard question.

      1. STI's can cause death. (HIV is fatal)

      2 STI's can cause non fatal injury. Syphilis can cause life-long disease and significant physical damage.

      3. STI's can lead to cancer. Almost all female Cervical cancer is related to HPV (genital wart virus, aka Human Pappiloma virus. Many throat cancers are now found to be related to HPV.

      4. STI's can be embarassing. Oral sex can lead to either oral HSV-1 or HSV-2 oral outbreaks and so can HPV. They are visible, the HPV can be removed but HSV can only be managed. Can you say Grosssssssss...?

      5. They can affect your life in many ways: Chlamydia can cause PIV (Pelvic inflammatory disease leading to permanent sterility).

      6. Depending on the STI you can become "infective."Gonorrhea can usually be curable, but HIV, HPV in not curable and you become a risk for others.

      7. Because all are avoidable in the first place (except HSV) if you make an effort. Condoms are very good (but not perfect) protection against deadly HIV. If you and your sex partner 2B go to a clinic and get tested, and one has Chlamydia (which is often symptomatic) you can cure it before it spreads to the other person.

      8. They can be expensive. There are meds to reduce the outbreaks of genital herpes. They can be very expensive, especially if you have no insurance.

      9. Because you are smart enough to get off your butt and educate yourself about this stuff before something terrible starts growing inside you...get the point! (Don't take it so hard--it was hard for me to come up with ten good ones--but this is the best!) Get on it! You aren't dumb.

      10. Because it is polite and respectful! Respectful partners wait the proper time (some diseases take many weeks from the last contact to show up positive in a test) and then go and get tested, and are honest with each other.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a cold sore?
    When I get stressed out, I tend to get a clutster of cold sores around my lips, they are little bumps, but I can feel them. When is the fastest ways to get rid of them. I also have been using carmex lip balm, but I need a faster solution.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Rose

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you get Herpes or Syphilis from a handjob?
    This is going to sound bad, but I wanted to know what the CHANCES ARE of catching an STD such as herpes or syphilis from a handjob?
    I was at a health spa in eastern europe. The lady who was performing the full body massage, after she did my back, she began to rub my penis as well till I came. I did not stop her. She had undergarments on the whole time and I never saw her touch herself in her groin. At no time did she use saliva that I saw of. Also I was not allowed to even reach out and touch her. However, the whole experience has freaked me out! I went to a doctor at a VD clinic to get checked the week after I got home and he told me that while it was possible to catch something he had never heard of, or met anyone who had. He said I was paranoid.

    Please save any judgements you may have on my conduct, I'm asking for real advice and just would like to know if I should get a second opinion from another doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1, which is transmitted through oral secretions or sores on the skin, can be spread through kissing or sharing objects such as toothbrushes or eating utensils.

      In general, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be spread even if sores are not present.

      Anyone who comes into close physical contact with a person who has syphilis can develop syphilis. You don't have to have sexual intercourse to get syphilis-exposure can result from close contact with an infected person's genitals, mouth, or rectum.

      If detected and treated, syphilis can be cured with antibiotics. If not treated, syphilis will linger and may progress to the late stage where more serious health problems, such as blindness, heart disorders, mental disorders, nervous system problems, and even death, can occur.

  18. QUESTION:
    Could my cold sore give me genital herpes?
    So I recently got a cold sore (I usually get one every few years) and decided to masturbate on the same day I got it. I cannot remember if I touched it before masturbating, but is there any possible way that my cold sore virus could have gotten on my genitals giving me genital herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted viral infection affecting the skin or mucous membranes of the genitals.
      Alternative Names

      Herpes - genital; Herpes simplex - genital; Herpesvirus 2; HSV-2
      Causes, incidence, and risk factors

      Genital herpes is caused by two viruses:

      Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)
      Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)

      Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) causes most cases of genital herpes. HSV-2 can be spread through secretions from the mouth or genitals.

      Herpes...

      see for Genital Herpes Treatment Cure :http://www.herpestreatmentsite.com/genital-herpes-treatment-cure

  19. QUESTION:
    When you have a cold sore, does it mean you automatically have herpes?
    Well not automatically, but you get what I mean.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you do not have genital herpes, but you do have a type of herpes and you can catch or pass on genital herpes if you "mess around" during a cold sore outbreak. Read info and check out the details on the resource site. It is very common and generally nothing serious.

      Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types can cause lip and mouth sores and genital herpes.

      The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. It is usually spread when a person touches a cold sore or touches infected fluid-such as from sharing eating utensils or razors, kissing an infected person, or touching that person's saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way. Cold sores can also be spread to other areas of the body.

      Obviously, avoid sexual contact and kissing during either type of outbreak. The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores cannot be cured. After you get infected, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life. If you get cold sores often, treatment can reduce the number of cold sores you get and how severe they are.

      Treatments are available if needed. The "fever blister" variety, or cold sores, usually begin to clear up on their own in a couple days. But sometimes they are painful OR embarrassing and treatment can speed it up or ease any discomfort. Check out the ink in resources for in depth details.

  20. QUESTION:
    When and how do you let your husband know if you have herpes?
    Do you let him know upfront when you first started dating? Before your 1st kiss? Before being intimate with each other? Or after he says "I do?'
    It's not for me. My friend was wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking about genital herpes...NOT telling your potential husband could actually land you with a lawsuit or worse.

      Letting a potential partner know that you are infected beforehand might be hard...but it is the correct and honest thing to do. This shows your partner that you have respect for him/her. It shows you respect his/her health etc. and it gives him/her a choice as to whether to be in a relationship with you or not.

      One good thing to do is to offer information that shows that being with a partner that is infected with herpes is not the end of the world. While there is no treatment that can cure herpes, there are antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.

      It should also be remembered that all herpes viruses establish a latent (dormant) infection that lasts a lifetime. Boosting the immune system in order to reduce the numbers of latent virus in the system is essential to lessening the risk of outbreaks for both oral and genital herpes.

      To learn more about an all-natural herpes remedy that boosts the immune system against the latent herpes virus, click the link below:

      http://gene-eden-kill-virus.com/HSV.php

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between acute, latent and chronic pathogens?

    • ANSWER:
      Thu,
      Acute pathogens is street slang for full blown AIDS… however, to continue! A pathogen is defined as any disease-producing agent, especially a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism. Acute refers to a rapid onset, as in acute infection, a short course. An acute pathogen causes a disease characterized by a relatively sudden onset of symptoms that are usually severe. An episode of acute disease results in recovery to a state comparable to the patient's condition of health and activity before the disease. Latent is the same as dormant. Lying and awaiting reactivation. An example would be the herpes simplex virus. HSV-1 usually establishes latency in the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. From there, it tends to recur on the lower lip or face. HSV-2 usually sets up residence in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine. From there, it recurs in the genital area. With regard to a chronic pathogen, here we are looking at a pathogen that causes a chronic disease. A number of chronic diseases have now been linked, in some cases definitively, to an infectious etiology, these include - peptic ulcer disease with Helicobacter pylori, cervical cancer with several human papillomaviruses, Whipple’s disease with Tropheryma whipplei, Lyme arthritis and neuroborreliosis with Borrelia burgdorferi. Good luck with your test/exam!

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  22. QUESTION:
    What would you tell your partner?
    I was just diagnosed with genital herpes and my partner does not believe that he spread them to me through his cold sore. What should I do to help explain that he passed it, without coming across pointing a finger?

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

      anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    How to tell if someone has herpes?
    I just wanted to know so I can keep checking myself out and how to know the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Someone who has been exposed to the genital herpes virus may not be aware of the infection and may never have an outbreak of sores. However, if a person does have an outbreak, the symptoms can cause significant discomfort.

      Someone with genital herpes may first notice itching or pain, followed by sores that appear a few hours to a few days later. The sores, which may appear on the vagina, penis, scrotum, buttocks, or anus, start out as red bumps that soon turn into red, watery blisters. The sores may make it very painful to urinate. The sores may open up, ooze fluid or bleed, and then heal within the next 2 to 4 weeks.

      The entire genital area may feel very tender or painful, and the person may have flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, and swollen lymph nodes. If someone has an outbreak in the future, it will tend to be less severe and shorter in duration, with the sores healing in about 10 days.
      How Long Until Symptoms Appear?

      Someone who has been exposed to genital herpes will notice genital itching and/or pain about 2 to 20 days after being infected with the virus. The sores usually appear within days afterward.

      fter the herpes blisters disappear, a person may think the virus has gone away — but it's actually hiding in the body. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can stay hidden away in the body until the next herpes outbreak, when the virus reactivates itself and the sores return, usually in the same area.

      Over time, the herpes virus can reactivate itself again and again, causing discomfort and episodes of sores each time. Sometimes a person has about four to five herpes outbreaks each year, but this can vary between people. Usually, the number of outbreaks will lessen over time.

      There is no cure for herpes; it will always remain in the body and can always be passed to another person with any form of unprotected sex. This is the case even if blisters aren't present on the genitals, but more likely if they are. Many cases of genital herpes are transmitted when symptoms are not present, but a person can lessen the chance of spreading the infection to someone else by taking antiviral medication to lessen the amount of herpes virus that is around. This is a prescription medication that needs to be obtained from a doctor.

      Genital herpes also increases the risk of HIV infection because HIV can enter the body more easily whenever there's a break in the skin (such as a sore) during unprotected sexual contact. In addition, if a pregnant woman with genital herpes has an active infection during childbirth, the newborn baby is at risk for getting herpes infection. This risk is greatest if she gets her first outbreak while pregnant. Herpes infection in a newborn can cause meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord), seizures, and brain damage.

      Hope this helps!

  24. QUESTION:
    Is Herpes Simplex A Dangerous Decease? What is the treatment?
    Is the sexually transmitted desease Herpes a dangerous one? what are the treatment and precautions one can take?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it isn't dangerous. Just can be a little irritating. It is exactly the same as cold sores on the mouth - my genital herpes is caused by exactly the same virus, and the symptoms are identical, just in a different place.

      There is no cure for herpes. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men have genital herpes - it is so mild in most people that 90% have no symptoms and do not know they are infected.

      50% of genital herpes is caused by the virus hsv-1 and 50% by hsv-2. Hsv-2 may casue slightyl more outbreaks when on the genitals - hsv-1 is the virus that causes 95% of cold sores. 8 in 10 adults have oral herpes (cold sores) - by age 50 that is about 95%.

      So by middle age 95% of us have herpes. Not a big deal.

      Condoms provide around 50% protection - but don't protect you from receiving it from oral sex if you are a woman, from a partnr who gets cold sores. That is how I caught it. Herpes is only infectious for a small percentage of the time - about 3-4% for hsv-1 and 15-16% for hsv-2. It can sometimes be infectious with no symptoms though.

  25. QUESTION:
    My doctor says that 90% of people who have had sex have some form of herpes. Is that true?
    That really sounds like an inflated statistic to me, but I'd like to know if it's reliable or not. Has anyone else heard this number? Do you know of a source to cite it?
    Right, but both Simplex I and Simplex II are kinds of herpes. I understand he's combining both. But is THAT true?

    • ANSWER:
      yup i just recently looked it up. i do not know the cite but i made a copy. here it is. Sorry so long.

      Herpes
      Basics
      Herpes is a common viral disease characterized by painful blisters of the mouth or genitals. The herpes simplex virus (HSV) causes painful blisters, usually affecting the mouth or genital area. The anal region, eyes, and fingers are involved in some people. Herpes is a lifelong disease with no cure, but most infected people have long periods without symptoms, interrupted by only occasional outbreaks. While it is a minor, annoying problem for most people, it can be a serious disease for newborns, pregnant women, and those with immune disorders.
      Severe and even fatal forms of herpes, with generalized disease and nervous system involvement, can develop in newborns or in those with immune deficiencies (such as those with AIDS or certain cancers). In rare instances, women who acquire genital herpes for the first time in late pregnancy may have a severe disease course. Antiviral medications are available that can moderate symptoms and reduce the death rate in these most serious cases.
      Causes
      Herpes is caused by either of two viruses that are transmitted by direct contact. Once established, the virus remains dormant in the body, and activates during times of stress. Herpes is caused by two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV): HSV-type 1 (HSV-1) and HSV-type 2 (HSV-2). Either virus can cause blisters in the mouth or genital region, but HSV-2 typically affects the genitals, whereas HSV-1 most commonly affects the mouth.
      HSV enters the body through a mucous membrane or a small opening in the skin as a result of direct contact (i.e., through touching, kissing, and vaginal, oral, or anal sexual activity). Although the virus is most contagious through direct contact with herpes sores, it can also be transmitted through saliva, or through skin contact with people who have no visible sores or other symptoms.
      After the primary infection, the herpes virus travels along the nerves and becomes dormant within nerve cells. The virus is reactivated during times of stress, and travels back out through the same pathway, causing characteristic recurring crops of blisters.
      Symptoms
      Oftentimes people do not know they have a herpes infection. Herpes is usually a mild infection. Some people are unaware of any symptoms, and others may mistake minor symptoms for an insect bite or rash.
      The primary episode of either genital or oral herpes often causes painful blisters and flulike symptoms [Table 1]. Symptoms of an initial herpes outbreak generally occur within two weeks after infection, and are usually more severe than subsequent recurrences. One or two crops of blisters may develop, sometimes accompanied by fever, swollen lymph nodes, and in the case of oral herpes, sores within the throat or mouth. A first outbreak of genital herpes may also involve symptoms of meningitis (headache, fever, and light avoidance) lasting for up to one week.
      Genital herpes is characterized by periodic outbreaks of painful genital blisters [Figure 1]. Blisters are often preceded by a painful or tingling sensation, which is known as the prodrome (or prodromal period). Within days, clusters of blisters appear, typically on the penis or vulva, but they can also occur elsewhere, such as on the thighs or around the anus. If the blisters develop within the urethra, you will experience difficult or painful urination. Women may also develop hidden sores within the vagina or on the cervix, and only notice vaginal discharge. Herpes blisters may join together, and usually develop into open, crusty lesions that are extremely painful and last from one to three weeks.

      Figure 1. Female (A) and Male (B) Genital Herpes Lesions
      Genital herpes blisters appear as clusters, typically on the penis or vulva, but they can also occur elsewhere, such as on the thighs or around the anus. Herpes blisters may join together, and usually develop into painful, open, crusty lesions that last from one to three weeks.
      Four or five outbreaks typically occur in the first year after infection. With time, frequency and severity usually diminish, and the outbreaks may stop completely. Women usually have more severe symptoms than men do.
      Oral herpes involves occasional eruptions of “fever blisters” around the mouth [Figure 2]. Often referred to as “cold sores” or “fever blisters,” characteristic herpes lesions often appear around the mouth at times of illness, after sun or wind exposure, during menstruation, or with emotional stress. Lesions can occur within the mouth, on the lips, or on the skin around the mouth.

      Figure 2. Oral Herpes Lesions
      Oral herpes lesions often appear around the mouth at times of illness, after sun or wind exposure, during menstruation, or with emotional stress. Lesions can occur within the mouth, on the lips, or on the skin around the mouth.
      Blisters on the fingers or other areas occur less commonly. Sores on the fingers (known as “herpetic whitlows”) and eyes can also develop from touching one’s own or another’s sores. Eye infections can cause severe pain, blurred vision, or puffy, red and itching eyes. Usually only one eye will be involved.
      In rare cases, herpes may affect the central nervous system. A herpes infection that spreads to the central nervous system (herpes encephalitis) is very serious, and must be treated as a medical emergency. If untreated, herpes encephalitis is fatal in 70% of cases. Symptoms of herpes encephalitis include headache, fever, seizures, behavioral changes, and memory loss. Acylovir is the drug of choice for herpes encephalitis, and will be given intravenously in the hospital for 10 days.
      People with immune disorders often have more severe symptoms, and may develop complications in multiple organs. People who have HIV, or who are immunocompromised for other reasons often develop a more severe course of herpes. Recurring blisters, known as chronic herpetic ulcers, may be more frequent, more painful, and more prolonged.
      HSV can also spread and affect multiple organs in people with immune disorders. The esophagus, lung, or liver are frequent sites of involvement. Sores in the esophagus can lead to weight loss, difficult or painful swallowing, or chest pain. Fever and yellowing of the eyes may occur if the liver is affected, and symptoms of pneumonia may be present with lung involvement. More unusual complications may be present in the adrenal glands, joints, and kidneys. Headache, fever, seizures, behavioral changes, and memory loss can develop if the central nervous system becomes involved. Women who acquire a primary herpes infection during late pregnancy can also develop more severe symptoms and complications.
      Infected newborns may develop severe disease. Newborns infected during or shortly after birth may develop the characteristic blisters, redness, pain, or swelling of the eyes, or general severe illness symptoms within several days to six weeks. If the nervous system is affected, your newborn may exhibit seizures, lethargy, or show areas of paralysis. Cases involving severe general illness of the nervous system are serious, and may lead to permanent brain damage or death. Treatment with antiviral therapy can reduce the severity of infection, and has reduced the resulting death rate to 25%.

      Table 1. Symptoms of Herpes Simplex Infection

      Primary infection: genital and oralRecurrent outbreaks: genital and oralEye involvementHerpes encephalitisIn immunocompromised patientsNewborns (to 6 weeks of age)
      Painful blistering sores

      Fever

      Swollen lymph nodes

      Sore throat (oral herpes)

      Headache, light avoidance (genital herpes)Painful, itchy or tingling sensation where blisters will form

      Painful soresRedness

      Pain

      Swelling

      Blurring of visionHeadache

      Fever

      Seizures

      Changes in behavior

      Memory lossSigns of esophagus involvement: pain or difficulty with swallowing

      Signs of hepatitis: yellowing of eyes, fever

      Signs of pneumonitis: cough, chest pain

      Signs of central nervous system involvement: fever, behavior changesSores

      Infected eyes

      Lethargy

      Seizures

      Paralysis

      Risk Factors
      Herpes is often acquired before adulthood. Oral herpes is usually acquired in childhood. By some estimates, 90% of adults in the U.S. have oral herpes by the time they reach their forties.
      Genital herpes, which is transmitted by sexual activity, has increased significantly in the U.S. since the late 1970s. Experts estimate that about one out of four people in the U.S. over the age of 30 are infected with HSV-2. The virus is more easily transmitted to women than men. Rates also correlate with number of sexual partners.
      Having unprotected sex, or having sex with multiple partners, puts you at risk for acquiring HSV. As for any sexually transmitted disease, having unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners, and failing to use safer sex precautions puts you at risk for an HSV infection. Knowing your partner’s health status and using condoms correctly and consistently can help reduce your risk for acquiring HSV.
      Newborn infection is a special risk, particularly if the mother had her first infection in middle or late pregnancy. Infants born to women who developed their first infection during mid to late pregnancy have a much higher risk of developing herpes than those born to mothers with an outbreak from a longstanding infection. The risk of newborn infection is increased in premature births if birth is delayed for a long period after membranes have ruptured. Using scalp monitors to track a fetus’s heartbeat can also increase the likelihood of transmission, as the scalp sometimes becomes punctured while electrodes are being attached. Newborns can also acquire herpes from being handled by someone with oral herpes.
      Diagnosis
      Health care providers can diagnose herpes by physical examination, sampling any sores present, and performing labo

  26. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of cold sore?
    My boyfriend has a cold sore and it has already broken open. Now his lip is swollen and he wants it to go down. What can he do to make the cold sore dry up and go away and make his lip go down to normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi HotMomma

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also, for long term health be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  27. QUESTION:
    What does herpes in your mouth feel like? is it okay to use Aberva on something that may not be a cold sore?
    i have a thing on my lip, it started out like a cut but i picked at it and its been greenish yellowish, it looks infected. i dont know if this is a cold sore or what. it hurts and is not getting any better. I can NOT look like this, i need it gone ASAP. any help? should i get neosporin? it might be a cold sore so i wa thinking abreva

    • ANSWER:
      A herpes sore generally hurts. There can be a tingling or itching sensation a day to a few hours before the sore actually develops.

      It is possible that your sore is NOT herpes though. Here's what an oral herpes outbreak DOES look like. If you do have a fever blister or cold sore...going to a pharmacy and getting Zovirax can help.

      Now, there are two types of herpes simplex virus. Type 1 usually causes oral herpes, or cold sores. Type 1 herpes virus infects more than half of the U.S. population by the time they reach their 20s. Type 2 usually affects the genital area

      Some people have no symptoms from the infection. But others develop painful and unsightly cold sores that last for a week or more. Cold sores usually occur outside the mouth -- on the lips, chin, and cheeks, or in the nostrils. When they do occur inside the mouth, it is usually on the gums or the roof of the mouth.

      There is no cure for cold sores. Medicines can relieve some of the pain and discomfort associated with the sores. These include ointments that numb the blisters, antibiotics that control secondary bacterial infections, and ointments that soften the crusts of the sores.

      Some people get mouth ulcers when they first come into contact with HSV-1 virus. Others have no symptoms. Symptoms usually occur in kids between 1 and 5 years old.

      Symptoms may be mild or severe.

      They usually appear within 1-3 weeks after you come into contact with the virus. They may last up to 3 weeks.

      Warning symptoms include:

      Itching of the lips or skin around mouth
      Burning near the lips or mouth area
      Tingling near the lips or mouth area

      Before blisters appear, you may have:

      Sore throat
      Fever
      Swollen glands
      Painful swallowing

      Blisters or a rash may form on your:

      Gums
      Lips
      Mouth
      Throat

      Many blisters are called an "outbreak." You may have:

      Red blisters that break open and leak
      Small blisters filled with clear yellowish fluid
      Several smaller blisters may grow together into a large blister
      As the blister heals, it gets yellow and crusty, eventually turning into pink skin

  28. QUESTION:
    How much of a big deal is HSV-1?
    I have just gotten my results today and stated i was positive for 5.00 HSV-1. I'm still a little skeptic because i had one symptom of rash on my penis and i know it was Chlamydia because the girl i had sexual relations said she had it. I tested negative for Chlamydia so i am a little confused!
    Since i have HSV-1 how bad is it really? Is it really common or should i really be mad. Mixed emotions here..

    • ANSWER:
      Been having any oral sex lately?

      The high numbers indicate that you have a rather recent infection (numbers decline over time), so you need to take a look at your recent sexual activities and the people you've been involved with. The highest rate of HSV-1 (oral herpes) infections in teens today is the virus being transmitted to the genitals via oral sex.

      Since chlamydia isn't usually associated with a rash on the penis--you probably had herpes all along which explains why you tested negative for chlamydia and positive for herpes.

      How bad is it? Bad news, there is no cure--but there is medication to control it.

      IF you are only infected with oral herpes (cold sores/fever blisters) you just treat the symptoms. You can take an antiviral (acyclovir) if you have a serious case--just be sure you never touch a sore and then another part of your body--it can cause blindness if it gets in your eyes. Avoid kissing anyone if you have an outbreak (but it can be transmitted via invisible "virus shedding" as well).

      IF you have HSV-1 in the genitals, you will probably suffer fewer outbreaks over the years--and may decline to none (just like HSV-2). BUT that does not mean you cannot transmit the disease--it simply means your body is controlling the outbreaks.. You now have an INCURABLE STD that you can transmit to others.

      You can reduce the chance of transmission to just 1% each year by:
      1) ALWAYS using a condom
      2) DO NOT have sex when you have an outbreak or feel the signs (tingling, numbness, burning, itching) of on coming on.
      3) TAKE antivirals (acyclovir is MUCH cheaper than what the doctor is going to prescribe initially (usually Valtrex--about 0!)--you have to tell him you want generic acyclovir available at Walmart/KMart/Target/Walgreens for for 90 day supply. Generic does the SAME thing!

      You also need to be sexually responsible from now on and tell your partner if you are infected. They need to know the risk--and you need to prevent transmitting it to innocent people.

      I'm including a link to THE gold standard for herpes information produced by the Westover Heights Clinic. Also, I'm including the link to a FREE support group for herpes and other STDs/STIs you may find useful. Join and ask questions on the open message board! (These are NOT spam/phishing sites like some other stuff posted on Yahoo--they are real sites that help people like you.)

  29. QUESTION:
    What does Herpes consist of? And is it curable?
    How can it be prevented?
    I've been told that people who get cold sores in and around their lips suffer from a form of Herpes....I know there is the venereal Herpes; is there another kind?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes is a common viral infection. It causes oral herpes (cold sores or fever blisters), and genital herpes (genital sores or sores below the waist ). There is no cure for genital herpes. There are two herpes simplex viruses:
      • Herpes Simplex Type 1 (HSV-1)
      • Herpes Simplex Type 2 (HSV-2)

      Take care of the affected skin area. Keep the area dry and clean during outbreaks to help healing.

      Avoid physical contact with the area from the time of the first symptoms (tingling, itching, burning) until all sores are completely healed, not just scabbed-over. Also be aware of possible shedding or "asymptomatic transmission", even after the sores have healed.

      When properly used, latex condoms help reduce your risk of spreading or getting herpes.

      Prevent self-infection to other areas of your body. Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch a sore. Better yet, don't touch the sores. It is possible to get genital herpes from cold sores.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a herpes outbreak 3 inches above the base of your penis?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can get the herpes virus there. HSV type 1 and type 2 can be found at that location. The virus is not too picky about its location. HSV1 is usually found upstairs and HSV2 is usually found downstairs but they sometimes switch positions.

      If you are referring to Herpes Zoster, that is usually found as a band like infection along the dermatomes on the skin.

      "Herpes is contagious if the carrier is producing and shedding the virus. This is especially likely during an outbreak but possible at other times. There is no cure yet, but there are treatments which reduce the likelihood of viral shedding".

      "HSV is transmitted during close contact with an infected person who is shedding virus from the skin, in saliva or in secretions from the genitals. This horizontal transmission of the virus is more likely to occur when sores are present, although viral shedding, and therefore transmission, does occur in the absence of visible sores".

  31. QUESTION:
    Is Genital Herpes really as bad as people think?
    I'm just wondering because I read that as many as 70% of people with Genital Herpes don't know they have it and don't have any symptoms. So if someone has it but never has any symptoms and it doesn't cause any other problems, is it really that big of a deal?

    The reason that I'm asking this is because most people have oral herpes (usually acquired in childhood) and people don't make a big deal about it, and most people don't have any major problems from it. Is genital herpes really a bad thing or is it just considered worse because it's transmitted sexually?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes simplex is a viral infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), one of the herpesviridae. There are two types of Herpes Simplex Virus: HSV Type 1 and HSV Type 2. The ways in which herpes infections manifest themselves vary tremendously amoung individuals. Although the HSV-1 virus is traditionally associated with the orofacial infection, more cases of genital infection with HSV-1 are now being seen.

      When a person discovers he or she has genital herpes, it can have a dramatic effect on that person's mental well-being and sexual behavior.

      The impact of genital herpes included:

      partial or complete cessation of sexual activity
      total or partial loss of interest in sex
      decreased sexual pleasure
      sex life more inhibited and less spontaneous
      anxiety related to sexual desirability
      increased masturbation
      increased depression

      The long-term effects of herpes are not well known, but the blisters may leave scars, and historically it was thought to contribute to the risk of cervical cancer in women. Subsequently, another virus, human papillomavirus (HPV), has been shown to be a primary cause of cervical cancer in women. Additionally, people with herpes are at a higher risk of HIV transmission because of open blisters. In newborns, however, herpes can cause serious damage: death, neurological damage, mental retardation, and blindness.

      Currently, there is no viable cure for herpes.

  32. QUESTION:
    How can herpes be contracted?
    My husband has been in Japan since March of last year. He called me and told me that he had gone to the doctor and has something wrong with his pancreas and then he threw in the comment that he had herpes. I asked him how he got herpes and then he told me that I misunderstood him. He said that it was like herpes. I told him that the only thing like herpes, is herpes. I just would like to know if there is any other way to contract that disease besides sex.

    • ANSWER:
      I know you asked how it's contracted and I'm going to answer that too but here is some additional information so you'll know what to look for if he does have it.

      Small red bumps, blisters, or open sores on the penis, vagina, or areas close by. Also, vaginal discharge in women. Fever, headache, and muscle aches. Pain when urinating. Itching, burning, or swollen glands in genital area. Pain in legs, buttocks, or genital area. Symptoms may go away and then come back. Some people may have no symptoms. There is no cure. Treatment includes taking a medicine to lower severity of symptoms.

      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

  33. QUESTION:
    What's known about herpes vaccines/cures currently being tested/developed?

    • ANSWER:
      The current vaccine available is for herpes zoster not genital herpes.

      1. Here are the Center for Disease Control guidelines for it's use.
      .........................................

      Shingles (Herpes Zoster) vaccine
      Some people should not get shingles vaccine or should wait.

      A person should not get shingles vaccine who:

      * has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other component of shingles vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies.

      has a weakened immune system because of:
      * HIV AIDS or another disease that affects the immune system,
      * treatment with drugs that affect the immune system, such as steroids,
      * cancer treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy,
      * a history of cancer affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system, such as leukemia or lymphoma,
      * has active, untreated tuberculosis,
      * is pregnant, or might be pregnant. Women should not become pregnant until at least three months after getting shingles vaccine.

      Someone with a minor illness, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. But anyone who is moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting the vaccine. This includes anyone with a temperature of 101 point 3 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

      http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/should-not-vacc.htm
      ..............................................

      I assume your interest is in current therapy and vaccine for genital herpes.

      2. Here is the National Institutes of Health/ Center for Disease Control current guidelines for treatment and alternative therapies:

      ...................................................

      Treatment for genital herpes
      There are three antiviral medications that are FDA-approved for the treatment of genital herpes:

      Acyclovir
      The oldest antiviral medication for herpes is acyclovir. Acyclovir is available as a generic drug and is also sold under the brand name Zovirax®. It has been available since 1982 in a topical form (as an ointment) and sold since 1985 in pill form. Acyclovir has been shown to be safe in persons who have used it continuously (every day) for as long as 10 years.
      Valacyclovir
      A newer drug, valacyclovir (brand name Valtrex®), actually uses acyclovir as its active ingredient. This medication delivers acyclovir more efficiently so that the body absorbs much of the drug, which has the advantage of taking the medication fewer times during the day.

      Famciclovir
      Famciclovir (brand name Famvir®) utilizes penciclovir as its active ingredient to stop HSV from replicating. Like valacyclovir, it is well absorbed, persists for a longer time in the body, and can be taken less frequently than acyclovir.

      Antiviral medication is commonly prescribed for patients having a first episode of genital herpes, but they can be used for recurrent episodes as well. There are two kinds of treatment regimens: (1) episodic therapy and (2) suppressive therapy.

      Episodic Therapy
      In this approach, a person begins taking medication at the first sign of recurrence (or ideally at first signs of prodrome) and would continue for several days, in order to hasten the healing, or even prevent an outbreak from fully occurring. All three of the antiviral treatments mentioned above have been proven to help shorten the amount of time that a person may experience symptoms of herpes. However, keep in mind that results may vary from person to person.

      Many people feel the advantages of using medication for recurrent episodes are marginal compared with use in a primary episode. But for others, episodic therapy offers a useful way to manage outbreaks by cutting the length of an outbreak by a day or two, on average. The benefits may be greater for those whose outbreaks tend to last longer.

      Also, episodic therapy has its best results when treatment begins at the very first sign of prodrome. If lesions are already present, therapy may offer little benefit. Because the medications differ in their absorption rate and duration of effectiveness, dosages vary with episodic therapy treatment ranging from one to five pills every day for three to five days during an outbreak.

      Suppressive Therapy
      People with genital herpes who want to eliminate (suppress) outbreaks altogether can take antiviral medication daily to hold HSV in check so that it's less likely to flare up and cause symptoms. For individuals who have frequent recurrences (six or more per year), studies have shown that suppressive therapy can reduce the number of outbreaks by at least 75% while the medication is being taken. Also, for some, taking an antiviral on a daily basis can prevent outbreaks altogether.

      While antivirals can be successful in controlling herpes symptoms, researchers also have turned their attention to the important issue of antiviral therapy and asymptomatic shedding. Does suppressive therapy lower the risk of unrecognized herpes reactivation as well as curb recognized outbreaks? One study addressing this question found that women on suppressive acyclovir (400 mg, twice daily) had a 94% reduction in subclinical shedding while taking daily therapy. This type of study has also been done with famciclovir and valacyclovir, yielding similar reductions in both men and women.

      Suppressive therapy has been studied in thousands of patients and it appears to be both safe and effective. Because the medications differ in their absorption rate and duration of effectiveness, dosages vary with suppressive therapy treatment ranging from one to two pills every day.

      Treatment for oral herpes
      The antiviral medications available in pill form (acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir) have been specifically developed for the treatment of genital herpes. However, it is not uncommon for health care providers to prescribe the antiviral drugs to those who have frequent or severe outbreaks of oral herpes. A recent study found valacyclovir (Valtrex®) to be effective for treating oral herpes in a one-day treatment of 2 grams taken at the first sign of a cold sore, and then again about 12 hours later.

      There are two topical antiviral medications prescribed for the treatment of oral HSV symptoms: acyclovir ointment (brand name Zovirax®) and penciclovir cream (brand name Denavir®). Both work to speed up the healing process and reduce the viral activity. These topical drugs are put directly on the lesions themselves, but can also be used at the onset of prodrome.

      Other topical treatments for oral herpes are available over-the-counter (OTC), but are not antiviral compounds like acyclovir and penciclovir. Some also contain ingredients that numb the area and induce temporary relief from the discomfort of an outbreak. Unfortunately, some OTC treatments may actually delay the healing time of symptoms because they can further irritate the area with repeated applications. There is only one OTC FDA-approved cream, called Abreva®, which has been clinically proven to help speed the healing process.

      Alternative therapies
      Over-the-counter creams and/or ointments are not recommended for genital herpes, since they can interfere with the healing process in a number of ways, causing genital outbreaks to last longer. Keeping the area clean and as dry as possible and allowing the area to get air can help to speed the healing process.

      Many people find that outbreaks tend to lessen in severity and frequency with time. What triggers an outbreak is highly individual, but with time, many people learn to recognize, and sometimes avoid, factors that seem to reactivate HSV in their own bodies. For example, illness, poor diet, emotional or physical stress, friction in the genital area, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light (commonly for oral herpes, such as a beach trip or skiing weekend), surgical trauma, or steroidal medication (such as asthma treatment) may trigger a herpes outbreak.

      The frequency of outbreaks can often be managed through effective stress management, and getting adequate rest, nutrition, and exercise.

      People often ask about an amino acid by the name of lysine (L-lysine), because of Internet claims or claims from other people that it helps control outbreaks. While some studies have suggested that lysine supplements can reduce the frequency of recurrences or healing time, other trials have been unable to replicate those results. Therefore, there is not sufficient information to discern how effective it may be, in addition to what the effective dosages or frequency of L-lysine may be.

      Lysine can be found with other nutrients and supplements at your local grocery or drug store, but people should only take the recommended dosage if it is taken and always check with their health care provider first before starting any new medication or supplement. Megadoses of lysine may throw other amino acids out of balance and interfere with the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

      In regard to possible foods to avoid, some people feel that foods that contain high amounts of the amino acid arginine may cause herpes outbreaks. Arginine is found in numerous foods that are eaten on a regular basis; therefore, we do not encourage someone to stop eating foods simply because they contain arginine. However, an individual may want to consider adjusting their diet if she or he is having frequent outbreaks and believes food is a contributing factor. Again, while some individuals believe arginine can trigger outbreaks, there is no clinical evidence to support these claims.

      For more information on alternative therapies, our quarterly journal, the helper, reported on lysine and other alternative treatments in the Winter 2005, Winter 2002, and Summer 1998 issues. Back issues are available for each and can be ordered through our email service or by calling the National Herpes Hotline at 1-919-361-8488 and speaking with a counselor.

      http://www.ashas

  34. QUESTION:
    I heard that science is developing a vaccine for genital herpes. Will it cure it if you already have it?
    I have genital herpes and have had it for about 11 years, and heard about a possible vaccine for herpes and was wondering if it cures it or just prevents uninfected people from getting it.

    • ANSWER:
      The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States is currently in the midst of phase III trials of a vaccine against HSV-2. The vaccine has only been shown to be effective for women who have never been exposed to HSV-1. Overall, the vaccine is approximately 48% effective in preventing HSV-2 seropositivity and about 78% effective in preventing symptomatic HSV-2. Assuming FDA approval, a commercial version of the vaccine is estimated to become available around 2008. During initial trials, the vaccine did not exhibit any evidence in preventing HSV-2 in males.

      Vaccines do not get rid of the virus though. They only try to prevent people from getting the virus if they don't already have it. There is no cure once you have the virus. And, even if a person gets the vaccine there is always a chance they can still contract the virus. Many children get the chickenpox vaccine, but some children still get chickenpox (I know I did!).

      Check out this site for more information:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes#Future_vaccines

  35. QUESTION:
    what kind of doctor can I go to for a cold sore ?
    I have a cold sore on my lip I somtimes get it and its always on my upper right side lip and i need to ask a doctor y and how to medicade it and what kind is it and all now what kind of doctor can i go to or is there a specific doctor that is for that question

    • ANSWER:
      let me save you some time.

      Cold sores are caused by a virus, called the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1). This is NOT the same herpes virus that causes genital warts. Oral herpes are very common in the human population. The virus is present in your body even when you cant see a cold sore, this is called being latent. HSV-1 likes to sit in the nerve cells near the base of your nose. When you put your body through a stressor (such as getting sick, tired, not eating properly, sun exposure, or stress) the virus takes this opportunity to s starts multiplying and travel down the nerve to the skin, causing blisters on the lips known as cold sores. Typically, the cold sores will re-appear in the same spot every time you have an outbreak.

      To treat the cold sore, you can go to the drug store and buy medication there- typically a gel that you put ont eh cold sore. The pharmacist can help you pick one. There is no "cure" to prevent cold sores from coming back, or to rid your body of the virus.

  36. QUESTION:
    are genital warts and herpes the same? since both have no cure which is worst to have? why?
    which have fewer outbreaks? How do you get rid of the sores?

    • ANSWER:
      No, they are not the same.

      Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two herpes simplex viruses, hsv-1 and hsv-2. Either virus can cause genital or oral herpes. Oral herpes is commonly known as cold sores, and can be passed to the genitals of a partner through oral sex, giving them genital herpes.

      Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus. There are many HPV viruses. Some cause visible warts, while others are highly implicated in cervical cancer (for woman) and penile cancer for men, as well as throat cancer (oral sex).

      Both hpv and herpes ARE viral infections, and stay in your body. Some people spontaneously 'clear' hpv/warts, while others find that they can get recurrent episodes of warts for many years.

      Warts will not go away without treatment (note that treatment only clears up the visible signs and does not eliminate the virus).

      Herpes stays in your body, but outbreaks clear up on their own and only last 3-5 says before leaving you symptom-free.

      About half of all sexually active adults have one form of hpv, though fewer have visible warts. About a quarter of adults have genital herpes, and two thirds have oral herpes.

      I have herpes and I'd rather have herpes than warts. Herpes outbreaks are generally tiny and almost invisible, don't hurt and clear up in 3-4 days without treatment and then you can forget about it - they are no more severe than a cold sore on the mouth. Warts, on the other hand, require unpleasant treatment every time you get them - my best friend from school caught them. I also think they are more unsightly than herpes. Additionally, if you have hpv you could have one of the cancer-causing strains, while herpes is harmless.

      I think herpes has a worse stigma than warts, which is strange, but I've never actually come across the stigma in real life - I've never been rejected. Warts on the other hand - I am so paranoid about catching them that I've started having the vaccine, which unfortunately only protects you against a few of the strains.

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of gential warts on my mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jean

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the medical definitions of herpes simplex?
    some people have this disease

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes simplex (from the Greek ἕρπης /΄erpis/, "snake") is a viral disease caused by both herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Genital herpes, commonly known simply as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes. Other disorders such as herpetic whitlow, herpes gladiatorum, ocular herpes (keratitis), cerebral herpes infection encephalitis, Mollaret's meningitis, neonatal herpes, and possibly Bell's palsy are all caused by herpes simplex viruses.

      Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disease—presenting as blisters containing infectious virus particles—that last 2–21 days, followed by a remission period, during which the sores disappear. Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic, though viral shedding may still occur. After initial infection, the viruses move to sensory nerves, where they reside as life-long, latent viruses. Causes of recurrence are uncertain, though some potential triggers have been identified. Over time, episodes of active disease reduce in frequency and severity.

      Herpes simplex is most easily transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable method of preventing transmission of herpes, but they merely reduce rather than eliminate risk. Oral herpes is easily diagnosed if the patient presents with visible sores or ulcers. Early stages of orofacial herpes and genital herpes are harder to diagnose; laboratory testing is usually required. 20% of the U.S. population has antibodies to HSV-2, although not all of them have a history of genital lesions.[1]

      There is no cure for herpes. Once infected, the virus remains in the body for life. However, after several years, some people will become perpetually asymptomatic and will no longer experience outbreaks, though they may still be contagious to others. Vaccines are in clinical trials but have not demonstrated effectiveness. Treatments can reduce viral reproduction and shedding, prevent the virus from entering the skin, and alleviate the severity of symptomatic episodes.

      Herpes simplex should not be confused with conditions caused by other viruses in the herpesviridae family such as herpes zoster, which is a viral disease caused by varicella zoster virus. There is also a possibility of confusion with "hand, foot and mouth disease" due to apparition of lesions on the skin.

  39. QUESTION:
    I have one very small white bump on my labia, what is it?
    On my labia, the part of the vagina that sort of hangs down, there is just one very small white bump. It doesn't itch or hurt or anything I just noticed it. I shower daily so I'm not dirty and I have only had one sex partner who does not have any STDs or infections.

    • ANSWER:
      You should go to your doctor if you are concerned about these bumpy pimples. All changes should be reported, and not ignored. It is hard for me to diagnose you with so little information and without examining you. I can help you by giving you more details about genital herpes. Genital herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus or HSV, and there are two types of HSV. Both of these types can cause genital herpes.
      HSV type 1 most commonly infects the lips, but it also can infect the genital area and produce sores. HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes. Virus that causes genital herpes can be passed from infected person to uninfected one during sex. Both types of HSV can produce sores (lesions) around the vaginal area, on the penis, around the anal opening, on the buttocks or thighs. Sores can appear on other parts of the body, usually where the virus has entered through broken skin.
      Early signs and symptoms of genital herpes are itchy and burning sensation in the genital area, pain in the legs and buttocks, feeling of abdominal pressure, vaginal discharge etc. Even though genital herpes can not be cured treatment usually includes medications that prevent future episodes, like Acyclovir, Famciclovir, Valacyclovir.

  40. QUESTION:
    what are the different types of herpes?
    is there a cure for any type of herpes? what would you do if you were diagnosed with herpes?
    i just need as much info as i can get. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Formal name: Herpes Simplex Virus, Type1 and Type 2

      Herpes culture; Herpes simplex viral culture; HSV DNA; HSV by PCR; HSV-1 or HSV-2 IgM or IgG; HSV-1; HSV-2; HHV1; HHV2

      Herpes simplex testing is performed to identify an acute herpes infection or to detect herpes antibodies, an indication of a previous exposure to herpes. One of the most common viral infections, herpes simplex virus (HSV) exists as two main types, HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both types are contagious and periodically cause small fever blisters (vesicles) that break to form open lesions. HSV-1 primarily causes blisters or "cold sores" around the oral cavity and mouth, while HSV-2 usually causes lesions around the genital area; however, either one can affect the oral or genital area.
      The herpes simplex virus can be passed from person to person through skin contact while the sores are open and healing and sometimes asymptomatically when there are no visible sores. HSV-2 is frequently a sexually transmitted disease, but HSV-1 also may be acquired during oral sex and found in the genital area.

      When someone is first infected, he or she may have obvious and painful blisters at the site of infection, which usually appear within two weeks after the virus is transmitted and usually heal within two to four weeks. The blisters can appear in the vaginal area, on the penis, around the anus, or on the buttocks or thighs. This primary episode can include a second outbreak of blisters and even flu-like symptoms of fever and swollen glands. However, not everyone develops blisters and sometimes symptoms are so mild that they are unnoticeable or mistaken for something else, such as insect bites or a rash.

      While there is no cure for herpes, antiviral medications are available that suppress outbreaks and shorten the duration of active shedding of virus and of symptoms,

      HSV testing detects either the virus itself, its viral DNA, or antibodies to the virus. During an acute primary infection or reactivation, the virus may be detected by:

      Herpes culture. A sample of fluid is collected from an open sore (the most common sample). It is incubated in a nutrient environment to grow and isolate the virus. This test is sensitive and specific, but it takes 2 or more days to complete. Fresh lesions are the best for this test. Viral shedding decreases over time and can lead to a false negative result. Once the virus is grown in culture, it is possible to determine if it is HSV-1 or HSV-2.
      HSV DNA testing. Can be done to detect HSV genetic material in a patient sample. DNA testing is usually done only if the culture is negative but the physician still suspects herpes or if the patient is being treated for herpes. This method can detect the virus as well as identify the type and is good in circumstances where the virus is present in low numbers (such as viral encephalitis) or if the lesion is several days old. This is the best method to detect HSV meningitis, encephalitis, or keratitis because this method is more sensitive.
      HSV antibody testing. Antibodies to HSV are specific proteins that the body creates and releases into the bloodstream to fight the infection. HSV IgM antibody production begins several days after a primary (initial) HSV infection and may be detectable in the blood for several weeks. HSV IgG antibody production begins after HSV IgM production. Concentrations rise for several weeks, fall, and then stabilize in the blood. Once someone has been infected with HSV, they will continue to produce small quantities of HSV IgG. HSV antibody testing can detect both viral types (HSV-1 and HSV-2), and tests are available that can detect the early IgM antibodies as well as the IgG antibodies that remain forever in those who have been exposed.

  41. QUESTION:
    What exactly does the herpes 1 virus do? ?
    I know it causes cold sores, but what exactly are cold sores? Is the virus infecting skin cells? What's the deal?!?
    Feel free to use over the top medical terms.
    I know it causes cold sores. I know what cold sores look like. I know what they are in layman's terms. Got that part. I just want to know what IS a cold sore, scientifically speaking? Does the virus irritate the skin cells on the lips, or infect them, or what?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, Herpes Simplex 1 is a virus and the cause of Cold sores.

      Cold sores are small and somewhat painful blisters that usually show up on or around a person's lips. But they don't just show up on the lips. They can sometimes be inside the mouth, on the face, or even inside or on the nose. These places are the most common, but sores can appear anywhere on the body, including the genital area.

      What Causes a Cold Sore?

      HSV-1 is very common — if you have it, chances are you picked it up when you were a kid. Most people who are infected with the herpes simplex virus got it during their preschool years, most likely from close contact with someone who has it or getting kissed by an adult with the virus.

      Although a person who has HSV-1 doesn't always have sores, the virus stays in the body and there's no permanent cure.

      When someone gets infected with HSV-1, the virus makes its way through the skin and into a group of nerve cells called a ganglion (pronounced: gang-glee-in). The virus moves in here, takes a long snooze, and every now and then decides to wake up and cause a cold sore. But not everyone who gets the herpes simplex virus develops cold sores. In some people, the virus stays dormant (asleep) permanently.

      What causes the virus to "wake up" or reactivate? The truth is, no one knows for sure. A person doesn't necessarily have to have a cold to get a cold sore — they can be brought on by other infections, fever, stress, sunlight, cold weather, hormone changes in menstruation or pregnancy, tooth extractions, and certain foods and drugs. In a lot of people, the cause is unpredictable.

      (Cold sores normally go away on their own within 7 to 10 days.)

  42. QUESTION:
    Can you answer these questions about Herpes?
    Full name of the virus
    Name of infection/disease it causes
    Family in which it is classified
    What is the mode of infection(airborne, animal borne...)
    Initial and late symptoms of the viral infection
    Is there a treatment for the infection?
    Is there a vaccine available? If so whats it called
    any question you can answer is very appreciated. Thanks <3

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes Simplex Virus
      HSV-1 (oral, like in or around your mouth) and HSV-2 (genital) SORES or "bumps"
      Herpesviridae
      "HSV-1 is usually acquired orally during childhood, but may also be sexually transmitted. HSV-2 is primarily a sexually transmitted infection but rates of HSV-1 genital infections are increasing."

      Symptoms for many ppl BEFORE: Fatigue, feeling cold, hot, weak, like you have a fever, uncomfortable. DURING: "clusters of inflamed papules and vesicles on the outer surface of the genitals resembling cold sores." ITCHY PAINFUL BURNING sensation. AFTER: the first breakout is the worst. Afterwards you only get a small breakout every once in a while. Anything can cuase it..

      "Herpes viruses establish lifelong infections and the virus cannot currently be eradicated from the body. Treatment usually involves general-purpose antiviral drugs that interfere with viral replication, reducing the physical severity of outbreak-associated lesions and lowering the chance of transmission to others. Studies of vulnerable patient populations have indicated that daily use of antivirals such as acyclovir and valacyclovir can reduce reactivation rates." NO CURE

      Hope this helped.

  43. QUESTION:
    Herpers! I will like to know if there is any cure for herpers and if yes what are they? Is it that everything
    one do there is a risk. How safe can one be using a condom. can you partner get herpers if one uses a condom? I am not sure what one will have to do in the world now where sex is concerned.

    If one takes medication will it help can herbs be of good use.

    • ANSWER:
      THERE IS NO CURE!! ONCE YOU GET IT YOU HAVE IT FOR LIFE!!

      Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2. Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal the first time they occur. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or months after the first, but it almost always is less severe and shorter than the first outbreak. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years.

      Results of a nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of five adolescents and adults, have had genital HSV infection. Between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, the number of Americans with genital herpes infection increased 30 percent.

      Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out of five). This may be due to male-to-female transmissions being more likely than female-to-male transmission.

      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to be broken or to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called "fever blisters." HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

      Most people infected with HSV-2 are not aware of their infection. However, if signs and symptoms occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite pronounced. The first outbreak usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted, and the sores typically heal within two to four weeks. Other signs and symptoms during the primary episode may include a second crop of sores, and flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands. However, most individuals with HSV-2 infection may never have sores, or they may have very mild signs that they do not even notice or that they mistake for insect bites or another skin condition.

      Most people diagnosed with a first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. Over time these recurrences usually decrease in frequency.

      Genital herpes can cause recurrent painful genital sores in many adults, and herpes infection can be severe in people with suppressed immune systems. Regardless of severity of symptoms, genital herpes frequently causes psychological distress in people who know they are infected.

      In addition, genital HSV can cause potentially fatal infections in babies. It is important that women avoid contracting herpes during pregnancy because a first episode during pregnancy causes a greater risk of transmission to the baby. If a woman has active genital herpes at delivery, a cesarean delivery is usually performed. Fortunately, infection of a baby from a woman with herpes infection is rare.

      Herpes may play a role in the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Herpes can make people more susceptible to HIV infection, and it can make HIV-infected individuals more infectious.

      The signs and symptoms associated with HSV-2 can vary greatly. Health care providers can diagnose genital herpes by visual inspection if the outbreak is typical, and by taking a sample from the sore(s) and testing it in a laboratory. HSV infections can be difficult to diagnose between outbreaks. Blood tests, which detect HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection, may be helpful, although the results are not always clear-cut.

      There is no treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.

      The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including genital herpes, is to abstain from sexual contact, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.

      Genital ulcer diseases can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes only when the infected area or site of potential exposure is protected. Since a condom may not cover all infected areas, even correct and consistent use of latex condoms cannot guarantee protection from genital herpes.

      Persons with herpes should abstain from sexual activity with uninfected partners when lesions or other symptoms of herpes are present. It is important to know that even if a person does not have any symptoms he or she can still infect sex partners. Sex partners of infected persons should be advised that they may become infected. Sex partners can seek testing to determine if they are infected with HSV. A positive HSV-2 blood test most likely indicates a genital herpes infection.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can you get herpes other than sexual transmmision?

    • ANSWER:
      generally NO. but genital Herpes simplex venerealis viruses HSV 1 & 2, may survive for some time in wet panties door handles and fingers and infect careless bodies.
      #my own published sure cure simple safe cheap treatment for recurrent genital herpes is to wipe scrub rub the tiny painful cluster bunch of burning sores with 50% rub alcohol 5 times a day for 5 days; and repeat this every time the virus surfaces from the deep pelvic nerve nodes. after 4-5 such recurrences, ther are no more shows. remember this will save you hundreds of dollars of antiviral meds.#50%alcohol kills virus on direct contact

  45. QUESTION:
    What causes, prevents, and cures cold sores?
    I've been getting them since I was really little, I don't get them often but when I do get them it hurts!!! HELP

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Laci B

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also, for long term health be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  46. QUESTION:
    I make sex with two womens without condom, Is it harmful for health?

    • ANSWER:
      During sex without protection, like a condom, bodily fluids come in contact with your sexual partner, which can result in the passage of a sexually transmitted disease. Some of the sexually transmitted diseases, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, can be treated with antibiotics. However, other sexually transmitted diseases cannot be cured and can result in genital warts and a breakdown in your immune system.
      Chlamydia
      Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, which can cause damage to a woman's reproductive system if chlamydia is left untreated. In most cases, the symptoms of chlamydia are mild or are not present; however serious complications can arise. This includes infertility in women and penile discharge in men.
      Gonorrhea
      Gonorrhea is also a bacterial infection, caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea replicates and grows in warm, moist areas of the body, such as the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, urethra, mouth, throat, eyes and anus. Symptoms include a burning sensation when urinating for both men and women. Men can also have a white, yellow or green discharge from their penis, while women can experience vaginal discharge and bleeding.
      Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes can be caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2), though herpes simplex virus type 2 is the most common type for genital herpes. Genital herpes can be identified by one or more blisters on or around the genital area or rectum. When these blisters burst, they leave behind sores that will take two to four weeks to heal the first time.
      HPV
      HPV, or human papillomavirus infection, is a virus that infects the skin and mucous membranes, such as the penis, vulva, anus, lining of the vagina, cervix and rectum. While there are more than 40 types of HPV, two types cause genital warts (types 6 and 11) and another two types cause cervical cancer (types 16 and 18).
      HIV/AIDS
      HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a incurable sexually transmitted disease that gradually destroys the immune system. Common side effects of HIV include fatigue, fever, headache, sore throat, swollen lymph glands and various rashes, like seborrheic dermatitis. HIV is blamed for the development of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, AIDS.

      Next time dont do such mistake.
      Good luck and God bless you with good health.

      Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/17512-diseases-can-occur-having-unprotected/#ixzz1quFWTxsu

  47. QUESTION:
    if you have shingles does that mean you have herpes and you cant cure it?
    i know its a form of herpes but is it pretty much the same like does it come and go like cold sores if people say they have shingle do they basically have herpes can you get genital herpes from shingles is it hsv 1 - 2 is hsv1 better to have then 2 even though both suck

    • ANSWER:
      dude, you so cannot get "herpes" from shingles. shingles are contagious but they are curable and completely go away. the same with cold sores and fever blisters. they are a form of the herpes virus but they go away eventually.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does oral herpes dissapear overtime?
    i know that genital herpes never leaves your system, but what about
    HSV -1 (ORAL HERPES) ? does it ever leave your system? im reading some things that say it doesnt, but my doctor said within a year or 2 my immune system will fight it off and it will not be detected anymore.. im a little scared

    • ANSWER:
      You're correct that this is HSV-1. Unfortunately, though, HSV-1 cannot be "cured." This virus will likely go what we call "dormant" or into remission, though.
      The CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates that approximately 60% of people are infected with HSV-1. Originally, we thought it was as high as 90%. However, that percentage was overestimated.
      Don't waste your money on OTC meds/products to treat this.
      Some prescription meds such as Zovirax (acyclovir), available as a topical cream and an oral tablet/capsule and Valtrex, work as antivirals to lessen the amount of time the "sores" are visible.
      I don't know where your doctor got the informaion that your immune system would get rid of it.
      There are a LOT of false claims about products and herbs that will cure HSV-1. They are NOT substantiated.
      Don't be scared! More people have this virus than hose who don't. Just be educated about it, as it appears you are. Keep in mind that HSV-1 CAN spread to the genital region of your partner if you engage in oral sex when you have an outbreak.
      Stay healthy, eat well, try to reduce stress in your life. This will help you help your immune system as well.
      Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

  49. QUESTION:
    how can you test for oral herpes if you dont have an outbreak/cold sore?
    i had two mini pimples on my bottom lip... i sometimes get one but this time it was two, but it was gone after one day.... im stressd cuz i already have hsv-1 but in the genital area... can it be possible i have oral too?! what a nightmare! someone please make a cure already! :(

    • ANSWER:
      You can have a blood test done, it counts the number of antibodies in your blood for herpes. You have to ask the doctor for the blood test.
      You can have HSV1 on both the mouth and genitals, but you can also have it only in one location. I have it orally and genitally so it's possible.
      I know you want a cure but there are only antiviral treatments on the market which are pretty close to a cure.

  50. QUESTION:
    I want to date but, I have genital herpes what to do?
    I was with my ex for about 14 yrs. When I had my 1st baby I found out he had given my genital herpes. I did not think to much about it because I was going to be with him for ever, so I though. I want to start to date but what do I tell them. I am afraid no one will want to date me because of it.

    • ANSWER:
      anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

      Working in women's health + personal experience

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  1. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me stats on possibility of transmission for a genital outbreak of HSV-1 please?
    I have been recently diagnosed with having HSV-1 in my genital area. I got it from my ex who failed to mention he got cold sores. I am out on the dating scene again and want to know my chances (in percentages preferably) of passing it on to others. I have read all sorts of contradicting literature and want to set the record straight. Please and thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      Don't know of any website that will provide the exact information you are looking for, but here is a good, reliable site from the National Institutes of Health http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/stdherp.htm

      I can tell you that if you are having an outbreak and you have unprotected sex, you will pass it on to your partner. You can even pass it on if you are not having an outbreak--the chances are slimmer, but it does happen.

  2. QUESTION:
    I am looking for ladies 18-35 to date from the Dallas area who have HsV/herpes type 1 or 2?
    About me im 28 years old 5'7 blk hair blue eyes mex and white i will not post a photo but would be willing to send you some pics after i know you are a serious person. I do expect you to send me some pic's 1st if you are interested.

    • ANSWER:
      they have dating sites for people that have the same std's as you. google it. good luck

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you spread Herpes with your fingers?
    I touched my cold sore slightly and then touched my girlfriend down her private parts.
    (I did have cold sore cream on my lips at the time)

    Could I have spread the virus and gave her herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      hi,you should know the transmission of Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.I am a memeber of hloving.com,An old STD dating site.You can trust me and email me!

      And hope what I showed be helpful.

  4. QUESTION:
    What two types of herpes do I have?
    I've always gotten sores inside my mouth if I get stressed out and eat too much sugar, ever since I can remember. But since I've gotten with this new guy, I've gotten sores ON MY LIP, which has never happened before. Apparently, he has herpes.

    So what two types of herpes do I have?

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1

      Having herpes is not such a major problem as contracting HIV or HPV however in the dating game herpes is still a very difficult scenario to deal with. HerpesSupport.net is designed especially for people who are suffering from any form of STD so that they can find others just like them. Not only will you find like minded people on this HIV, HPV and herpes dating site but you may just find the partner of your dreams.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can you spread hsv 1 from your mouth to other areas of your own body?
    i was wondering if i touched my lip which has cold sores, and then touched my penis without washing my hands first, could i spread it down there? i hope the answer is no because that would suck. also this is my second outbreak, my first was a little over a year ago. i only seem to get them after i go to the dentist.....so can i spread it to other parts of my own body? also i'm on some medication called acyclovir to make it go away

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is possiable.

      Also, there are many online communities for you to find support and dating! I recommend you to read the STD inspirational stories on the largest STD support and dating site STDpal. com. Hope that you find the stories helpful and informative.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a cold sore to not be herpes?
    my gf got a cold sore and shes only dated 1 other guy before me and has not done anything. Everyone is sayin herpes but were all pretty sure its not so is it possible for it not to be also is it contagious

    • ANSWER:
      A cold sore is caused by a strain of the Herpes virus, usually HSV-1. That's the bad news.

      The good news- sort of - is that estimates range from 50 to 80% of the general population have cold sores. It's not a big deal. She could have as easily gotten it from her great aunt Mary or some kid she shared utensils or drinks with anytime in the past.
      From the site below:
      PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

      Prevention of Oral Herpes (HSV-1):

      It is almost impossible to be completely "safe" from HSV-1 (Oral, or cold-sore) Herpes if you are close to someone who has it. Once you have it, you have it for life though the frequency and severity of any outbreaks is unpredictable. Sometimes they are rare and mild and other times they are not. Some people may have the initial outbreak and never have another one though they still have the virus. There seem to be some things that "trigger" an outbreak in some people. Often noted is stress or sunlight. Other triggers can be menstruation, a fever from some other cause, chapped (dry and irritated) lips, thumbsucking or anything else that can damage the skin, including laser or dental treatments, and periods of extended high anxiety.

      When you can not see an outbreak of sores or 'blisters", HSV-1 Herpes is generally not as contagious as HSV-2 (Genital) Herpes can be. (See viral shedding, below AT WEB PAGE) But it can be contagious so you may want to be aware of the possible stressors or warning signs of an impending outbreak in your mate's life and decide if you want to take a chance. In general, follow some precautions when around someone with an outbreak of "cold sores". They are pretty much the same precautions for avoiding any virus like, for instance, the "common cold". There are no drugs or vaccines to prevent cold sores/Herpes HSV-1.

      Precautions when around an infected person:

      * Wash your hands frequently and do not touch your face. This is, of course, hard to do because we usually touch our faces, rub our eyes and touch our lips unconsciously all the time! But try.
      * Do not share towels or washcloths, food utensils or plates, drinking glasses or cups, sandwiches or other food
      * Do not kiss that person until the outbreak of cold sores has healed completely.

      If you are already infected, to try to avoid outbreaks, observe the above precautions for other people's sake as well as your own. Also:

      * Stay out of the sun and away from sun lamps
      * Keep your lips moisturized
      * Try to avoid stress and maybe take Yoga or other stress managing exercises or techniques
      * Avoid strong wind or other irritants to the skin

  7. QUESTION:
    Are researchers working on a vaccine/cure for herpes simplex viruses?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't look like there is a cure underway, but a vaccine or some other way to eliminate or lessen transmission would probably be a huge relief for those who have to disclose it to potential partners. I mean to say that if a single female with herpes could have intercourse with a vaccinated male or vice versa, there wouldn't be any hesitation in entering the relationship! I, personally don't have big problems with outbreaks and so forth. And as long as only my husband and I know I have it, the social stygma isn't so bad either. It's the poor people who are still dating and facing the horror I had 18 years ago. (That was sooooo difficult and scary, but the very next man I dated, I am happily married to. I never had someone reject me because of it.)

      Here's a summary of the most recent research, and the link to the source. Hope it is helpful!
      The (NIAID) does studies to develop better treatments for genital herpes.
      1. Clinical trials are being conducted to decide the best way to use existing medicines.
      2. The biology of HSV is also being studied, and they have identified certain proteins that the virus needs to survive. They are hoping that drugs aimed at disrupting these viral targets might lead to better medical treatments.

      3. Methods to prevent spread of HSV are also being researched. Two important means of preventing HSV infection are vaccines and topical microbicides.

      Several different vaccines are in various stages of development. (These include vaccines made from proteins on the HSV cell surface, peptides or chains of amino acids, and the DNA of the virus itself.)

      A large clinical trial is currently being done with an hsv vaccine in women This is called the Herpevac Trial, and it is being conducted at more than 50 sites in the U.S. and Canada.

      Gels, creams, or lotions, which are classified as topical microbicides are also in various stages of development and testing. Clinical trials are currently underway to evaluate the safety this type of topical application

      Trials have already proven that daily suppressive therapy using valacyclovir significantly reduces risk of transmission of genital herpes to an uninfected partner. This is the first antiviral medication shown to work.

      I've heard that the internet 'cures' are a farce and are just out to get your money. Good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    A genital hsv1 question?
    I believe I was infected with the hsv1 virus through sex, not oral.

    1. I have heard lots of poeple say that hsv1 prefers the mouth and that for me to pass on hsv1 genitally is less likely than if i were to have hsv2 genitally?

    2. I have only had an initial breakout and it has almost been a year and i have had absolutely no symptoms, no tingly sensations and im begining to question wether or not i have it, i know i do, but it seems very strange...

    3. My outbreak was fairly mild but i never had any open sores, just itched like mad with bumps, i also noticed some of the bumps i was watching closely as the days went by typically went away in a day or two... it lasted a total of probably 1 week of new bumps coming and old bumps completely disappearing like they were never there.

    I have to get another hsv1 test, i know i have it but my main concern is the transmission portion. I mean i dont care if i date girls with hsv2 but i dont wanna go further down the path, im symptom free so i dont want to add anything else on my plate, because i have tried the online std dating site and genital hsv 1 seems to be quite rare, especially with the no symptoms i doubt alot of people even know if they have it genitally.. anyways thanks

    • ANSWER:
      No
      No
      No

  9. QUESTION:
    Do you ever think there will be a cure for herpes
    do you think there will ever be a cure for herpes? if so when? and tose natural medicines they sell over the internet tht are supposed to kill the virus doe it really work

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't look like there is a cure underway, but a vaccine or some other way to eliminate or lessen transmission would probably be a huge relief for those who have to disclose it to potential partners. I mean to say that if a single female with herpes could have intercourse with a vaccinated male or vice versa, there wouldn't be any hesitation in entering the relationship! I, personally don't have big problems with outbreaks and so forth. And as long as only my husband and I know I have it, the social stygma isn't so bad either. It's the poor people who are still dating and facing the horror I had 18 years ago. (That was sooooo difficult and scary, but the very next man I dated, I am happily married to. I never had someone reject me because of it.)

      Here's a summary of the most recent research, and the link to the source. Hope it is helpful!
      The (NIAID) does studies to develop better treatments for genital herpes.
      1. Clinical trials are being conducted to decide the best way to use existing medicines.
      2. The biology of HSV is also being studied, and they have identified certain proteins that the virus needs to survive. They are hoping that drugs aimed at disrupting these viral targets might lead to better medical treatments.

      3. Methods to prevent spread of HSV are also being researched. Two important means of preventing HSV infection are vaccines and topical microbicides.

      Several different vaccines are in various stages of development. (These include vaccines made from proteins on the HSV cell surface, peptides or chains of amino acids, and the DNA of the virus itself.)

      A large clinical trial is currently being done with an hsv vaccine in women This is called the Herpevac Trial, and it is being conducted at more than 50 sites in the U.S. and Canada.

      Gels, creams, or lotions, which are classified as topical microbicides are also in various stages of development and testing. Clinical trials are currently underway to evaluate the safety this type of topical application

      Trials have already proven that daily suppressive therapy using valacyclovir significantly reduces risk of transmission of genital herpes to an uninfected partner. This is the first antiviral medication shown to work.

      I've heard that the internet 'cures' are a farce and are just out to get your money. Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    Taking a chance on HPV?
    I found out over 6 months ago I have HSV 1 & 2 and I am finally at a point where I want to start dating again. So of course I joined a site for people that are in the same jam that I am in...

    ...I am chatting with a very nice and seemingly very cool guy...but not only does he have HSV, but he has HPV.

    Am I wrong for deciding to NOT give this guy a chance, I mean I don't need ANOTHER problem, and especially knowing I gave it to myself!!!!!

    Ugh, what should I do? I have chatted with him via email for a couple weeks and he gave me his number.....

    • ANSWER:
      It's completely up to you. If you can't stand the fact he has HPV and don't want to take the chance of contracting it yourself then don't date him. There are guys out there who don't have the virus.

      But, if you can see yourself dating him even if he has HPV then great! Good for you!

      Just to let you know though - about 75 - 80% of the world will have HPV at some point in their life. I've often heard of it being referred to as the "common cold" of STDs. I don't want this to sound like I'm saying HPV is no big deal (because it can cause major health problems), but for most people HPV is completely harmless. As long as a woman stays on top of her yearly pap smears she should be just fine. Pap smears are the best things a woman can get to detect any abnormal changes on the cervix which can lead to cervical cancer.

      Good luck!

      PS - You could always get the new vaccine out for HPV called Gardasil. It protects a woman from 4 different kinds of HPV, two known to cause about 70% of cervical cancer cases and two known to cause about 90% of genital wart cases. Check out the link for more information on the vaccine:
      http://www.gardasil.com/

  11. QUESTION:
    Question about Dating & STDS?
    First for some background info:
    2 years ago I made a mistake and slept with someone who gave me HSV-1. I was stupid for not being more careful but I cannot change this now.
    Well, I've been talking to this guy on okcupid(I know lame). He's like PERFECT. I ended up giving him my number and we made plans to meet up next week. THEN I was looking at this section of the site where it compares questions that you have answered and one of them was "Would you date someone with an STD" He said no. Should I bail on the date or give it a shot and see what happens. This really sucks. I hate that one mistake can have so much of an effect on my life.
    30 minutes ago - 4 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    I would NEVER sleep with someone before telling them.

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Question about Dating & STDS?
    First for some background info:
    2 years ago I made a mistake and slept with someone who gave me HSV-1. I was stupid for not being more careful but I cannot change this now.
    Well, I've been talking to this guy on okcupid(I know lame). He's like PERFECT. I ended up giving him my number and we made plans to meet up next week. THEN I was looking at this section of the site where it compares questions that you have answered and one of them was "Would you date someone with an STD" He said no. Should I bail on the date or give it a shot and see what happens. This really sucks. I hate that one mistake can have so much of an effect on my life.
    I would NEVER sleep with someone before telling them.

    • ANSWER:
      You owe the the young man the truth, and an opportunity to walk away if he wants to. It was YOUR mistake, not his, and if you don't tell him before there is contact, the Virus can and will spread to him. Be up front and honest with "mr perfect" before he gets any intimate ideas. Let him decide whether he want to go out with you once he understands circumstances, it's the RIGHT thing to do.
      AL

  13. QUESTION:
    I heard that 1 in 5 people in the u.s. have genital herpes, is this true?
    How could they know and is this for herpes 1 & 2 or just one or the other?

    • ANSWER:
      sigh...
      people...all this living in ignorance and judgement is exactly why the stats are this high.

      Depending upon the survey it is 1in4 or 1in5 with a slightly higher percentage being women because - like many STD's, it is much easier for a woman to get it.

      The problem is that only about 10% of the people who have the herpes virus actually know they have it. You do the math - that means that if 20 (using the more conservative 1in5) people out of 100 have it - then only about 2 out of 100 KNOW they have it. That leaves 18 out of 100 people running around, probably being judgmental and passing it on because they don't know any better. And this stat is for HSV2 - Genital herpes -

      it is a much higher percent of the population that has HSV1 (cold sores/oral herpes).

      Approximately 70% of new herpes patients occur as a result of getting it from someone when there were no signs of an outbreak.

      While some people have painful symptoms of this virus - many other people have absolutely no symptoms, or very mild symptoms that they dismiss. It is a very common virus - and statistically speaking - at least one of the "no way - not me" people that just posted has it.

      I have attached links to reputable sites - check the statistics yourself. We are absolutely responsible for our own sexual health and need to do the research. BTW - did you know that condoms are not adequate protection from herpes because it passes through skin to skin contact in the "boxer short" area?

      It is time that we faced the facts and stopped being so judgmental - if you've had sex - you could have been exposed. It doesn't make you loose or immoral - bad things can happen to good people - and statistically IT DOES!!!!!

      There is a dating website that has a safer sex/sti room run by a professional who can give proper answers to these questions and where people with std's or alternative lifestyle choices can disclose them in a blind cross match. http://www.club462.com

      Do your own research - heed the FACTS. If you're going to play....play smart and play safe!!

      Because y'all still don't believe it - the following is cut and paste directly from the centre for disease control (CDC) website. STOP BELIEVING THE MYTHS AND START LEARNING THE FACTS!!!!

      Results of a nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of five adolescents and adults, have had genital HSV infection. Between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, the number of Americans with genital herpes infection increased 30 percent.

      Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out of five). This may be due to male-to-female transmissions being more likely than female-to-male transmission.

  14. QUESTION:
    Herpes and Dating help?
    So a few months back I found out I had HSV-1 genital (rare). I had an on and off again boyfriend and when we were OFF I contracted the virus. We started dating again, but while we were dating I found out I had gotten the virus from someone else. He loves me so he accepted me still with the virus and we had continued to be together. But we just broke up and I do believe it is for good this time. I don't know how to handle going out into the dating world having to disclose to every new partner that I have herpes, especially since what I expose to this person could be told to everyone. Are there any good websites for dating with herpes? How many people actually have HSV-1 (genital) or HSV-2? Should I avoid dating people in my social circle now (because of the truth being spread to others)? How do I tell another person about this? I am really depressed about this situation now because I know that my dating pool has narrowed drastically because a lot of people would not accept me with herpes.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, HSV-1 being spread to the genitals via oral sex constitutes the largest number of new herpes cases each year among teens and young adults. It is NOT rare!

      Second, over 80% of the population tests positive for oral herpes--and most have never had the first cold sore to even let them know they are infected.

      Third, do NOT restrict yourself to STD dating sites. Many people there have things far worse than herpes (HIV, hepatitis, for starters)--and do not reveal it to any potential partners. The ONLY way you can even begin to consider dating someone from there is to insist on both of you taking a joint STD test that includes herpes and HIV before any sex is even considered. Even then, bear in mind that many have HPV and men often have no sign of the infection.

      Fourth, check the source below for a community of folks who have herpes and who can be of more help and support to you than anyone here on Yahoo Answers. It is not spam. It's called Shut Up And Post, and you are going to find a lot of people in the same boat you are! Many of them are dating, engaged to, or married to people who are HSV-free after years of being together, so there IS hope! There is even a review of the popular STD dating sites and the experiences of others with them. You can join the message board anonymously--and learn a lot about the infection there from those with the the problem--and from medical folks who lend info and support as well.

      It's going to be okay!

  15. QUESTION:
    can you live a normal life if you have herpes and how many outbrakes will he gets if he has one ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can have a normal life. Noone knows from the outside that you have herpes, so life continues as normal in almost every facet of life. You need to take precautions to prevent passing the virus on when you are engaging in sexual activity, but you can still have a normal healthy sexual relationship. There are herpes dating sites available as well if you decide that you just want to date someone that also has the virus and wish to avoid having to have 'the talk'.

      As a sufferer of the virus myself, I think the hardest thing about the virus is not the physical symptoms, but the emotional symptoms one can experience. You really need to be comfortable with yourself as a person and realise that it is just a virus, it is not the end of the world, it doesn't make you a bad person, and it certainly doesn't define you. The harder it is for you to accept the virus yourself, the harder it is for a potential partner to accept it. Happy, confident people are attractive.

      As for the outbreaks, it really varies from person to person. Some people have very few outbreaks, some have a lot. Diet, exercise and stress management can help to prevent or minimise the number of outbreaks you have. There is also medication available which helps to prevent outbreaks - see your doctor for what's available.

      The number of outbreaks can also depend on what type of the herpes virus you have. HSV type 1 typically has fewer outbreaks than HSV type 2.

      Hope it helps.

      Harmony
      http://www.harmonyonline.com.au

  16. QUESTION:
    Did I contract OHSV-1 from my boyfriend?
    Alright. So I have been dating my boyfriend for 3 months, beginning Feb. 1st and ending March 30th, then we starting dating again April 20th and we are still dating. In the time that we were not together (March 30th to April 20th) He had gone back to his ex-girlfriend. He said after the first time his ex and him broke up (before me and him met) He was tested for everything and he was clean. He was not tested again after this last time they dated and broke up when him and I started dating again. I have never even had a cold sore before in my life. He said he has had cold sores once in a while. About 2 weeks ago from today I started to see a patch of red bumps under my nose. They did not itch or swell, they are just red. They are still under my nose now, red and dry and flaky. A week ago my boyfriend got a cold sore on his lip. He was looking online and he read herpes and he has been really freaking himself and I out by this. Today I was brushing my teeth and I noticed my gums were sore just above my two front teeth. After I finished brushing, I looked and I saw a very small red indent on my gum above the two front teeth. I am scared to death, we are both freaking out. I want to get everything straight. 1. Do we both have HSV-1? 2. How do we know for sure? 3. Can the doctor test if there are no open sores? 4. Could he have contracted it from his ex when me and him were not together or because he has gotten cold sores before has he always had it? 5. Can the HSV-1 turn into HSV-2? 6. If one of us were to preform oral on the other, would we contract GHSV-1? 7.What should be the next step for both of us? Please only serious answers, we are both very scared and we would rather not have anyone giving us false information intentionally.

    • ANSWER:
      First you need to relax, HSV 1 is very common, most of us are infected as children and sometimes never have another outbreak, or have none until later in life. You can get a blood test for HSV and find out which strain you have/if you have it. HSV 1 will not change into HSV 2. If you both have HSV 1 and have antibodies it isn't likely it will pop up on your genitals. The two strains of HSV have a site of preference, although HSV 1 will infect genitals, usually outbreaks are very infrequent or none exsistent, and HSV 2 doesn't like the mouth/head area.

      Quote from John's Hopkins: Can herpes be transmitted to other parts of my body?
      If you have genital herpes or orofacial herpes, you cannot transmit the infection to another part of your body after the initial infection occurs. If you have genital HSV II, you will not get HSV II at another site in your body. The body produces antibodies that protect other parts of your body from infection. However, there are cases where an individual has multiple site infections from the same virus. This is usually acquired at the time of the initial infection. For example, if an individual has oral and genital sex with an infected partner, they can acquire the infection at both sites because they are susceptible at that time.

      http://www.hopkinsbayview.org/infectiousdiseases/rti/herpes.html

      The amino acid L-Lysine has shown in trials it helps prevent out breaks and shorten durations.

      Here is a link to some info: http://www.herpesresourcecenter.com/mvf.html

      Sounds like you may have contacted it, but you need to see a Dr. to know for sure. I would not practice oral sex while he has a sore until you know for sure if you have it too.

  17. QUESTION:
    This guy has herpes 10 points?
    oh boy, so I've been talking to this guy on an online dating site for a few weeks now. he is looking for long term like I am, but he told me he has herpes. HSV-2. He said he would understand if I stopped talking to him, but I said I would keep talking to him.. cause I would just go all silence on him over a std. But I don't know about a potential relationship he wants to go on a date with me and even said he woulnt mind driving to see me at school. were long distance, like 1 at the least apart. I don;t know what to do exactly.. like I am talking to him and I do want to be in a relationship with him.. if it goes that way. But I don;t know if the risk is worth it. Like If I Was married to someone who had an std I wouldn;t care cause we were married- but this is just at the start.. He said he only had one partner who he got it from. and he hasnt been ( slept) with anyone since.

    • ANSWER:
      Thats tough, depends on how much he means to you. I would say you should stay away from any sexual kind of stuff until you get to know him reallllly well and know that he is someone serious for you before taking that risk, but then again, its all up to you. I hate the idea of std's, i hooked up with a girl who had herpes once and although im about 99% sure i didnt get it, it still troubled me for quite some time. Go do some research about it with a doctor so you understand the disease a bit. The one good thing about herpes though is that it is manageable and that it doesnt really affect you minus the itchy bumps. good luck, wish i could offer more advice but i dont really know what id do in yur shoes to be totally honest

  18. QUESTION:
    This guy has herpes 10 points.?
    oh boy, so I've been talking to this guy on an online dating site for a few weeks now. he is looking for long term like I am, but he told me he has herpes. HSV-2. He said he would understand if I stopped talking to him, but I said I would keep talking to him.. cause I would just go all silence on him over a std. But I don't know about a potential relationship he wants to go on a date with me and even said he woulnt mind driving to see me at school. were long distance, like 1 at the least apart. I don;t know what to do exactly.. like I am talking to him and I do want to be in a relationship with him.. if it goes that way. But I don;t know if the risk is worth it. Like If I Was married to someone who had an std I wouldn;t care cause we were married- but this is just at the start.. He said he only had one partner who he got it from. and he hasnt been ( slept) with anyone since.

    • ANSWER:
      I say dont play with his mind or heart. If you don't have plans on being with him you should let him know.

  19. QUESTION:
    HSV 1 on the genitals?
    the doctor just told me i have HSV1 on my genitals. as far as i knew HSV was oral not genital
    what are the main differences between HSV1 and HSV2 on the vagina
    and how long does it take for HSV1 to show up on blood tests.

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes is one of the most misunderstood std's out there. The simple truth is that 90% of the adult population has it but doesn't realize it. If you ever get a fever blister you have herpes. The only difference between mouth herpes and the other kind is simply where it's located. It's the same virus, resting at the back of your brain untill something triggers it and you get an outbreak. There is no difference in oral herpes and the other kind, just the location, and there is no cure for herpes, though drugs such as Valtrax can stop an ourbreak once you get one. Odds are these wrestlers already had the virus and why the big to do here is beyond me. You may know more about herpes on the dating and support site SingleHerpes. com. Good luck to you

  20. QUESTION:
    Can you catch herpes if...?
    My older sister was over last week and she used my bathroom A LOT... took a shower in there and everything. Her and I are close, but I guess not that close. She was on my computer and went onto her dating site that she just joined and she kept telling me not to look at the site and then if I figured out what and why she was on there, not to tell anyone. (I slipped and told my friend about it because he asked how she been) But anyways... I went back to that site after she left and I found out that my sister has Herpes. I was just wondering if I can and could have got herpes from sharing the same shower and toilet (not to be gross) as her?

    -Christina
    I know it's an STD and you can only catch it if you have been sexually active... I'm not that stupid. But at the same time, I could have sworn that I heard you could get it that way also. I'm just asking to make sure you can or can't get it from that... that's all. Nothing wrong with wanting to know and making sure.

    • ANSWER:
      Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected. HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection.

      That is, don't kiss her or have sex with her and you won't likely contract the disease.

  21. QUESTION:
    Herpes concerns, can anyone clarify?
    Hello. If I am dating someone that had a cold sore for the first time, he automatically has HSV- 1 right? So if he goes down on me, he will pass on HSV-1 to me, or would it be now HSV-2 since its down there? I asked the nurse at my school and she said that I would have HSV-2 if he went down on me...but how can it transform into that? Is there a difference between the two? Isn't HSV-2 sexually transmitted and painful and has bigger and various blisters at the time of outbreaks? And isn't HSV-1 just cold sores and NOT sexually transmitted? So would I have cold sores down there......or...yeah, totally confused. Someone help?
    Oh and we haven't done anything, even kissing yet because I'm freaked out and stuff......should I just drop him....h-e-l-p.

    • ANSWER:
      If he has a cold sore then that means he has oral herpes or HSV1. When cold sores occur on the mouth, most likely they were transmitted when realtives or friends with cold sores gave a child a kiss when they had an out break.
      Cold sores are very contagious while there are any signs of an out break. So if he HAS a sore then DO NOT let him give you oral sex. Wait until the sore completely goes away, it can be passed to the genitals even while it's healing.
      You would have HSV1 on your genitals if he manages to pass his cold sores to your genitals. HSV2 is a slightly different strand of the herpes same virus that causes HSV1.HSV2 can also affect the mouth but not as commonly as HSV1 does.
      Cold sores can be sexually transmitted when you have oral sex with some one that has cold sores. Oral sex is a form of sex. HSV1 doesn't turn into HSV2. Usually there is not much difference when either HSV1 or HSV2 is on the genitals, they come with pretty much the same symptoms but HSV1 usually cause cut like sores, HSV2 usually causes blisters.
      There is nothing to say for sure if he will pass it onto you. Many people who have partners with herpes managed not to get herpes from their partner by taking precautions such as never having oral sex or kissing while there is an out break of HSV1 on the mouth. Herpes is less contagious while there is no out break but there is still a slight possibility of passing it on while there are no signs.

      I have some sites on cold sores for you...seriously have a look at the before you get intimate with your boy friend and have a talk with him about it.
      http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/cold_sores.html
      http://www.disabled-world.com/health/dermatology/herpes/cold-sore-cures.php
      http://www.globalherbalsupplies.com/herpes/prevention.html
      http://coldsores.net/herpes-simplex-virus-information/
      http://std.about.com/od/herpes/a/oralherpes.htm

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the history of Herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      The herpes infection has a history dating back to ancient Greece. The word 'herpes' was used by Hippocrates to describe lesions that 'creep' or 'crawl.' Although previously well characterized, it was not until 1893 that the transmissibility was recognized.6

      The herpes family of viruses currently is thought to consist of herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), varicella-zoster, Epstein-Barr, cytomegalovirus, and human herpes virus VI, VII, and VIII.5 All are capable of entering and replicating in epithelial cells, while some of the herpes family is neurotropic and others are lymphotropic. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are neurotropic, infecting sensory nerve fibers and have been demonstrated to reproduce in epithelial cells. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are lytic to human epithelial cells and latent in neural tissue at the site of regional ganglions. Usually the virus initially enters the body through a break in the mucous membrane integrity, although there is evidence that it may penetrate intact skin. In either case, transmission results from mucocutaneous contact with infected secretions and aerosols. When reactivated, the virus travels along the nerve axon to the surface epithelial cells and can cause a recurrent epithelial outbreak.

      Often the initial herpes infection goes undetected. However, in a small percentage of cases, the initial oral infection with HSV-1 or HSV-2 is acutely symptomatic causing many signs and symptoms detected by the patient. When the patient demonstrates systemic signs, symptoms, and has perioral and intraoral vesicular lesions, it is referred to as primary herpetic gingivostomatitis. Although the condition most often occurs in children, it can also affect adolescents and adults. Fever and lymphadenopathy may occur, lasting from 2-10 days. Pharyngitis, malaise, myalgia, fiery red gingival, and mucosal tissues associated with painful swallowing are hallmarks of the primary infection. Intraorally, many small punctate ulcers may form on keratinized and nonkeratinized mucosa as well as at the nasopharynx. Perioral tissues can also be affected.
      http://www.thejcdp.com/issue009/tilliss/10tillis.htm

  23. QUESTION:
    Would you date someone with Herpes?
    My ex-boyfriend gave me herpes. In the beginning stages of our relationship he told me he was enjoying being single and wouldn't settle down, but eventually he decided he wanted something more. Unfortunately for me, he slept with 3 girls on vacation before he came to this conclusion. He contracted Herpes, as did I. Since that time, I have come to learn more about him....he is an alcoholic and an abuser. He has choked me, pulled my hair, punched me in the face. He's been arrested before for this kind of behaviour with one of his ex's. Now he's telling me he wants to make it work, that he'll change, blahblah. I know this isn't true, I'm not stupid. I know I'm in for a lifetime of this if I go back to him, but I can't stop thinking - he gave me this stupid, incurable affliction. I've had it for a few months now, and while irritating, I know it's not that big of a deal. I could have gotten something life threatening, instead my curse is a skin irritation, and I know for that I should be thankful. Still, I personally feel like I wouldn't take the risk of contracting something permanent on something I couldn't know was the real deal. I just can't escape this idea that it's him or nothing....who would ever love me now?

    I have HSV 1 (cold sore virus), if that matters.......but the region affected is, unfortunately, down below.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow you need to get away from this guy, not just because he has herpes but he sounds like a total jerk and no one deserves to be treated like that. Don't ever feel obligated to go back to him. There will be some one out there that can accept you and love you for who you are. Believe it or not some people would care more about you then you having herpes. There are also some precautions you can take to help prevent you from passing it on, it's not going to be passed to every one you sleep with. It's not a big deal but some people like to make mountains out of a mole hill and they are scared of what they don't know. Herpes also has a big negative social stigma. If they run for the hills just because you have herpes then you don't need them in your life.
      If you are really having a rough time there are even dating sited for people with stds and herpes.

  24. QUESTION:
    Omg I can't believe it...I found out today that I have genital herpes...how could this have happened?
    I had all the std's checked before we started dating and 3 weeks after....everything was normal and negative....it's been 5 months now and we both came down with some bumps....I went and got tested again... and ouch...I have a 10 year old daughter can she get this from us...can we still have a normal sex life? What's going to change...please help im freaking out

    • ANSWER:
      The herpes virus is not fatal in humans.

      Herpes is a very common viral infection and one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. If you have ever had a cold sore then you already have herpes and you will probably have it for the rest of your life because there is no known cure at the present time.

      If you have herpes you should be aware that you are not alone, one in six adults have genital herpes. It is estimated that over 80 million Americans have herpes of one form or another. This means that 8 in 10 Americans are or will become infected. It should be noted that most of these cases will be in the form of cold sores or fever blisters.

      There are over 80 variations of the herpes virus that have been identified, only eight of them are responsible for the disease in humans. The most common of these is the HSV-1 and HSV-2 mentioned above. A couple of other common herpes viruses that affect humans includes chickenpox (varicella zoster) and shingles (herpes zoster).

      Herpes is caused by a virus that may have been dormant in your body for many years. Believe it or not, if you have had chickenpox when you were a child then you probably already hve the dormant form of the virus.

      There are two main types of the virus. The first is Simplex Type 1 or (HSV-1) which causes Cold Sores. This virus, in its dormant state hides in nerves near the ear and usually cause cold sores on the lower lip. In rare cases they can cause damage to the eyes including causing blindness.

      The second is Simplex Type 2 or (HSV-2) which is responsible for Genital Herpes. This virus in its dormant state hides in the nerves at the base of the spine and outbreaks are usually contained to the genital area.

      Herpes is transmitted by physical contact. If a person has a cold sore then the simple act kissing someone can transfer the virus to them.

      Sexual contact including oral and anal sex with a partner who is infected can also transmit the virus. A person infected with a cold sore can transmit the HSV-1 virus to a sex partner's genital area during oral sex or become infected in the oral area by their partner's HSV-2 virus if their partner is already infected with HSV-2.

      While this cross infection can happen it is not as common as infections to the viruses' preferred sites.

      There is some evidence that if you have cold sores or HSV1- you have a reduced risk of contracting genital HSV-2 type of herpes.

      No, there is no current known cure for the herpes virus because the virus has evolved a highly effective survival tactic. The herpes virus hides dormant and undetectable within normal nerve cells and may stay dormant for many years. The dormant cells can become active because of stress, fever sunlight and possibly other unknown reasons. In fact there is no known cure for any virus including the common cold.

      When herpes becomes active it travels down the nerves to the skin's surface where it replicates and causes the lesions that accompany an outbreak. A small percentage of the virus travels back to nerve cells to hide inside in a dormant state. In a normal outbreak the active virus is destroyed by your body's natural defenses.

      Because the some of the virus is always dormant and contained within normal nerve cells is effectively invisible to the body's defenses. While all of the active virus may be destroyed by the body's normal defenses, the dormant virus within the nerve cells invisibly waits like a ticking time bomb for the next trigger when it will be activated and the process will start over again.

      Two thirds of the people with genital herpes never know that they have it.

      The recurrence of outbreaks tends to be more often right after you first become infected. Over time the outbreaks happen less often. This is probably due to the body's defenses getting stronger with each outbreak.

      Yes there are various treatments that help to fight the active virus and prevent it from replicating. The treatments range from prescription medications to natural remedies and even electronic devices that aid in shortening the duration of outbreaks and help to prevent new outbreaks from occurring.

      There are those who claim that certain treatments are a complete cure for herpes but there is currently no scientific studies that support those claims. This does not mean that no cure exists just that there is no scientific studies that document a cure.

      Most scientific studies are related to prescription drugs and are supported by drug companies that have the resources to conduct these types of studies. As a result there are several prescription treatments that are available.

      Drug companies are not inclined to spend money validating natural treatments or cures that are not patentable but there are natural treatments that are available and many people with herpes use them with good results.

  25. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with HSV-1 5 months ago. Retested last week with a swab and blood, doc says Im clean? What happened?
    When I was diagnosed I went into an absolute downward spiral, I shut out everyone in my life, stopped dating completely, drank everyday, and cried myself to sleep everynight.

    I swore I saw bumps, never any pain, or itching, or discharge. I still have a bump on the side that was tested with a swab. Now the doctor tells me I dont have genital herpes? I almost dont believe him, so I called him up to confirm his diagnosis and I was told to stop taking Valtrex. I feel like I just woke up from a nightmare! What the heck happened?

    • ANSWER:
      This could be 1 of 2 things

      1 Either:

      Your doctor made a mistake when he diagnosed you or told you," you didn't have it". In this case if I were you I would see another doctor just in case to see for sure if you have it or not, because It's YOUR LIFE not theirs to mess it up.

      Or

      2
      You may still have it. I'm not trying to give up your hopes because I can see how it may be depressing even though it is NOT the end of your life, but in reality there is No cure to genial herpes

      Just look at this Web-site, It might explain your situation a little bit better:
      http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/std/docs/herpes_fact_sheet.pdf

      I hope this helps you a bit

  26. QUESTION:
    Dating someone who gets cold-sores?
    I'm currently dating someone who gets cold-sores (or oral herpes, whatever, not here to argue about what it's called).
    I have some knowledge about it but my question is, How do I best avoid getting them myself? I know it transfers through bodily fluids therefore no kissing/sharing cups/what have you, when he has an outbreak, but is there anything else I should know?
    And can it be transferred to me when he's NOT breaking out?

    I've dated a guy in the past for about 6-7 months who also had mouth sores and never received them myself just by using the knowledge I had at that time. Really just want to know more,
    thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry for you bad dating experience.But if you love him,you should insist..I think.

      And ther are some knowledge "symptoms and trasmission oral herpes".Hope it can be useful.

      Oral herpes symptoms involve blisters or cold sores on the lips and in the mouth that can develop into painful ulcers. If the gums are infected they will grow to be red and puffy. Oral herpes may possibly also cause a fever, aching muscles and swollen glands in the neck.According to a large std dating site named "hloving.com", An initial outbreak might final from two to three weeks.

      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.

      Take care!

  27. QUESTION:
    itchy clit?!? what can i do?
    i have an hsv2 outbreak right above my clitoris like maybe 1/2 an inch above it to the right... now its healing but not only the outbreak but my actual clitoris is itchy what can i do?
    would someone mind giving me real advice here... ifi could go to the dr dont you think i would have already?

    • ANSWER:
      You should make an appointment to go see an ob/gyn or a specialized clinician (they are the only ones who can truly give you the right advice and treatment and maybe help you know how to correct this yourself in the future if this is something else besides an itch like vaginal infection).

      If you cant go to the doctor due to financial predicaments then there is your county health district or planned parenthood you may be able to go to for free (especially if youre underage).

      In the meantime, to help with the itch, you can try vaginal itch creams like Vagisil anti-itch cream you can buy over the counter at stores such as Riteaid, Walmart, Walgreens. Be sure to check for expiration dates. Usually there are pharmacies within those stores so you can ask for help from them if needed. However, you have a special case since you have hsv 2 outbreaks so make sure you read the guides that come with the itch cream to make sure its safe for you to use it. Better yet, ask a pharmacist when you go to the store if its safe for you to use this on your clitoris if you have hsv 2 outbreak. Store Pharmacies usually close around 7pm so go before 6pm to ensure a pharmacist is on site.

      Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Are cold sores ALWAYS herpes?
    Is there something that looks JUST like cold sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Toxic,
      The answer by "micksmixxx" is correct. To add a few details, I would mention that recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) and recurrent intraoral herpetic (RIH) lesions (cold sores) are common oral disorders that are often mistaken for one another. Recurrent aphthous ulcerations are usually described as occurring on non-keratinized, or gland-bearing tissues. Common sites for recurrent aphthous ulcers include labial and buccal mucosa, floor of the mouth, oropharynx, vestibule, and lateral tongue. With the exception of sites of frequent trauma, there appears to be no predilection for aphthous ulcers to recur at a previous location. In contrast, RIH lesions generally appear on keratinized tissues such as the vermillion borders of the lips, hard palate, attached gingivae, and alveolar ridges. The initial lesion can be at any of these locations with subsequent outbreaks often manifesting at or very near the original site. Cold sores, which are sometimes called fever blisters, are clusters of small blisters on the lip and outer edge of the mouth. Genital herpes is an STD caused by the two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV). Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) typically causes oral herpes, an infection of the lips and mouth, that is commonly known as cold sores or fever blisters. Historically Herpes simplex 1 has not been known to cause genital herpes, but this is changing, especially among sexually active young people. Nonetheless, genital herpes is generally caused by herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). The herpes simplex virus is transmitted by direct contact with a sore or the body fluid of an infected individual. Without going into a great and extensive genetic discussion, suffice it to say that unlike most viral infections, the cold sore virus is not completely eliminated by the body defences. The HSV-1 resides in the trigeminal ganglion, on the sensory root of the fifth cranial nerve in a cleft in the dura mater on the anterior surface of the petrous part of the temporal bone, whilst the HSV-2 resides in the sacral ganglia, which may be any of three or four ganglions on either side that constitute the pelvic portion of the sympathetic nerve trunk with the coccygeal ganglion and the connecting cords. For this reason, cold sores often recur at a later date.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  29. QUESTION:
    are there any clinical studies for herpes out there?
    Anywhere... i live in chicago, will be moving to texas but willling to travel

    • ANSWER:
      I am guessing that you were recently diagnosed and are hoping to get in on a trial where a cure can be tested on you, but as far as a cure is concerned, I'm sure that will be years after the vaccine is approved. (There is now a vaccine for hpv, but no cure.) There are a lot of trials being done on treatment and the developing of a vaccine, but not any for a cure. The vaccine will be extremely helpful once it is approved because it will make it easier for singles with herpes to continue dating without putting the people they love at risk.

      The (NIAID) does studies to develop better treatments for genital herpes.
      1. Clinical trials are being conducted to decide the best way to use existing medicines.
      2. The biology of HSV is also being studied, and they have identified certain proteins that the virus needs to survive. They are hoping that drugs aimed at disrupting these viral targets might lead to better medical treatments.

      3. Methods to prevent spread of HSV are also being researched. Two important means of preventing HSV infection are vaccines and topical microbicides.

      Several different vaccines are in various stages of development. (These include vaccines made from proteins on the HSV cell surface, peptides or chains of amino acids, and the DNA of the virus itself.)

      A large clinical trial is currently being done with an hsv vaccine in women This is called the Herpevac Trial, and it is being conducted at more than 50 sites in the U.S. and Canada.

      Gels, creams, or lotions, which are classified as topical microbicides are also in various stages of development and testing. Clinical trials are currently underway to evaluate the safety this type of topical application

      Trials have already proven that daily suppressive therapy using valacyclovir significantly reduces risk of transmission of genital herpes to an uninfected partner. This is the first antiviral medication shown to work.

      Asympomatic shedding is not very common, and if you know the signs that an outbreak is coming, you can abstain and avoid transmission.

      My advice for you is to do some soul searching and decide what you truly want in a long lasting relationship, because you will need to be honest with ALL future partners. (You will be married before a cure is found, and lucky if a vaccine is found before you meet your future spouse.)

      For me, it promoted a maturity that was necessary to deal with my future, as I truly believed I had none. I did some heavy soul searching and changed the 'type' of guy I was dating.

      Hope all goes well for you! Take care, and email me if I can help you.

  30. QUESTION:
    how to date-- with herpes?
    Hello, I'm a 23 yr old woman, no kids, great job, credit, cute and free spirited. I like to have fun and live life to the fullest when I can. I was w/my ex for about 3 yrs, he was very abusive physically, and emotionally. While I was with him I found out I had herpes. Very mild, but still. I'm pretty sure he gave this to me, I was only in one other relationship that lasted 4 years and had never had any problems like this.

    What I'm worried about is, now that I'm single, I do want to date obviously, I'm young, have no children and eventually DO want to settle down. But I'm horribly terrified now. I know I'm a great catch but with this- I feel no one will ever want me. Even though it's very very mild, people have the stigma that it's nasty, I'm dirty, or promiscuous or something--which I'm not at all.

    I have only had maybe 3 outbreaks in 2 years, and the first one was the only one that caused any issues and lasted longest, normal ones are only about 3 days. I am thinking I might get on medication to prevent any outbreaks, and also its supposed to lower the chances of spreading (even lower) etc. Which might help ease someone's mind?? IDK. I think the stigma attached to this virus is horrible. I don't really want to have to do the whole online dating thing either. I want to be normal :( But it's not going to be and everytime I think of it, I'm like GREAT I'm going to be single and alone and childless forever.

    I'm so unsure how to go about this, I'm so depressed w/my life I feel like I will never find anyone who will truly understand and not go running for the hills when I tell them.

    How would you deal with this, or how have you dealt with this if you have been in this situation.

    Serious answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      People with herpes are normal ! We just have an annoying skin condition that pops up every now and then. I've had it for 12 years- caught it just after I became sexually active - oh lucky me! ;-)

      I didnt deal with it very well at first I admit , but I started seeing a dr a few years ago who was brilliant and made me see it wasn't that big a deal. It's just a coldsore in a different place - in fact that is how herpes was viewed up until around the 1970s before there was a hysteria causing public health campaign.

      You don't have to go on any dating site for people with herpes- to be honest when I see people advertising them on here it angers me like you wouldn't believe- yes, shove all us 'dirty ' ones together cos obviously no one else will want us! :-s . Sites like that don't help, they just add to the stigma.

      Yes, you must tell any partners you have - you don't need to hit them with the news straight away but obviously before you are sexually active. And if any relationship you have doesn't get to that stage then you don need to bother ! Remember , you don't need to open up about your medical history with everyone especially if they are only going to be around for a date or two - you wouldn't expect it from them so why should you?? That's why it's important to be sure bout someone before you sleep with them.
      And when it does come to telling someone I reckon you'll be quite surprised at their reaction! I've not had one bad reaction yet when I've told a partner - if they like you they will respect you even more for your honesty and wont let it get in the way. Remember , over 80% of people carry HSV 1 and 25% HSV2 . Around 80 % of those people don't know they have it! Its not something that is automtically looked for on an STD screen. That's why it gets spread so easily. In a way, you are in a fortunate position where you are aware you have it and know what precautions you can take to avoid passing it on. Knowledge is power!
      I recommend talking to a medical professional , preferably one trained in sexual health matters so you can get facts and advice you can use for your own peace of mind and to use to educate any future partners . When you do tell someone, try not to make a huge deal about it, cry , wail and say how horrible it is - you'll scare the living daylights out of them ! Instead, be calm , tell them the facts and act like it's not a massive big deal - because it's not! Remember, anyone who likes you will not run for the hills. They will accept it as the very small part of you that it is, and will be more bothered about all the other positive things you have to offer them and the relationship. And if they don't, they really are not worth it.

  31. QUESTION:
    Genital herpes?
    I was diagnosed with hsv about a year and a half ago. I found out that my boyfriend had given it to me, and he knew he had it. I stayed with him simply because we both had it. However, he became abusive and I left the relationship.I don't have frequent outbreaks/symptoms, but i know that it can spread even if you are asymptomatic. I have met someone new, and I feel like i can't have sex anymore...I feel like I'm going to ruin his life the way that mine was ruined. I feel horrible, and i feel like having sex is out of the question. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      You shouldn't feel horrible about having genital herpes! MILLIONS of people have it. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 1 out of 4 women have genital herpes and 1 in 5 men have it. So, you are certainly NOT alone!

      I have had genital herpes for 6 years. I have had several boyfriends over the last 6 years and they were all really understanding about the virus. None of them ever ran away screaming or anything! I even met and dated a guy who also had it! Right now I am with a great guy. He didn't care that I had genital herpes, he loved me for ME and not the virus I have.

      Just explain to this new guy what you have. I even gave my fiance (boyfriend at the time) some web site addresses so he could read about it in his spare time. If this new guy is just disgusted and doesn't want to date you then you are probably better off without him! There are plenty of fish in the sea!

  32. QUESTION:
    How easy is it to catch ocular herpes?
    I have started dating a woman who has ocular herpes. She only has occasional flare-ups, and tells me that I can only get it from her if I touch the sores/blisters on or around her eyes during the flare-ups. However, she also says that she understands if I want to break up with her because of the risk.

    Her ex, who she was with for a few years before she met me (and she's had the disease for close to a decade) does not have it... What say you? Is her assessment accurate? So far I have not seen her during a flare-up... What do you think the risk is? Hoping I can get a good, detailed answer soon... Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      In all the time that you've known this woman and have been aware of her condition, you could at any time have done some simple online research about it. This woman is being forthright with you and I hope you will appreciate that. She's also knowledgeable about her condition. In all likelihood, she has an HSV-1 infection. When transmitted to the eyes, it affect the eyelids, conjunctiva and cornea. Less commonly, it can also infect the inside of the eye and the retina.

      No form of herpes, either HSV-1 or HSV-1, can be transmitted without direct contact to the lesions or blister drainage. And the virus cannot be successfully transmitted from her to you unless you immediately touch your mouth or eyes afterward. If you accidentally made contact and then washed your hands, the virus would go down the drain. There is a low risk for transmission between outbreaks due to viral shedding which can occur at any time but the greatest risk is during an outbreak when HSV-1 is at its most active. HSV-1 more commonly causes oral lesions that some call cold sores or fever blisters, both euphenisms for herpes lesions. However, the virus can be transmitted to the eyes.

      "How easy is it to catch ocular herpes?" -- As easily as orofacial herpes (HSV-1) or genital herpes (HSV-2). Transmission requires direct contact with lesions or drainage and then immediate transference to a preferred or acceptable site. Both HSV-1 & HSV-2 have preferred sites of infection but can and will cross infect. HSV-1 prefers the face, mouth and eyes but can be transferred to genitalia. HSV-2 prefers genitalia but can be transferred to the face. The viruses have the ability to adapt. However, if you understand the infection and use common sense, it's no threat to you.

      Think this over. This very generous and understanding woman has even given you a graceful way out and she didn't have to do this. You may want to see her during a flare up, if she's comfortable with that, so you can truly begin to understand what she's living with. I say give this relationship a chance.

  33. QUESTION:
    fire academy STD immunizations?
    I have been bugging my boyfriend to get tested for STDs (after a cheating scare), but recently he's told me that he is getting his immunizations tomorrow.

    Supposedly, the immunizations are administered via shot on different parts of the body, and if you have any of the diseases there is a large amount of swelling at the injection site and the shots are spaced in a way that lets you see which one it is,

    Is this true, or is it just a lame excuse to not take an STD test? I got tested before we started our relationship and have been *completely* faithful, but I'd like to avoid the co-pay if there's nothing to worry about. basically, if i have one there's no way he's avoided it.

    no stupid answers please :)
    i don't even know if he cheated on me for sure.

    • ANSWER:
      thats pretty funny because i dated someone who was a firefighter and he gave me the same excuse, that firefighters need to get tested all the time blah blah blah. and it is a total liee!! firefighters can have an std and still be a firefighter (believe me i've met some). thats against the law for them to discriminate against someone to be able to be a fire fighter if you have an std. and plus half the population has hsv-1 which is coldsores but can be genital herpes type 1 and alot of people including fire fighters have this.

  34. QUESTION:
    dating with herpes?
    I recently met a guy who I connected with right away. We never had any type of sexual contact, not even kissing. The other day day he told me he had genital herpes, and i'm torn I really like him, but don't know if I want to risk it, he's taking meds. Has anyone been in a similar situation? known anyone who has? Even if not would you be with someone with herpes if you were clean?
    I want to know if you were in my situation. what would you do? would you ever be with someone with herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      60% of the population (here in the UK) has the herpes simplex virus. Herpes simplex type1 is more likely to cause cold sores on your face and herpes simplex type 2 is more likely to cause sores on your genitals, but both can cause sores in both areas!

      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to be broken or to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called "fever blisters." HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

      So a person can have the virus for years without showing any symptoms and a person can transmit the virus through asymptomatic shedding of the skin without even knowing they have it.

      Whether you stay with your boyfriend or not is up to you. I think you need to read more about the virus to decide how you feel about it and make an informed decision. Herpes is not like HIV or Hepititis. It's not pleasant, sure, but it's not that serious either. However there is a slight risk to the unborn children of pregnant women who have genital herpes. Condoms do not offer much protection from genital herpes. Genital ulcer diseases can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes only when the infected area or site of potential exposure is protected. Since a condom may not cover all infected areas, even correct and consistent use of latex condoms cannot guarantee protection from genital herpes.

      So you could actually catch genital herpes from anyone you sleep with. They would not know they had it and you would not know you caught it. You could have it right now. The signs and symptoms associated with HSV-2 can vary greatly. Health care providers can diagnose genital herpes by visual inspection if the outbreak is typical, and by taking a sample from the sore(s) and testing it in a laboratory. HSV infections can be difficult to diagnose between outbreaks. Blood tests, which detect HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection, may be helpful, although the results are not always clear-cut.

      Do some research and thank your boyfriend for being honest. He didn't have to tell you.

  35. QUESTION:
    is it possible that i do not have herpes?
    ok so about 2 months ago, i had sex for the first time EVER with a guy who has only ever had sex with one other person and we used a condom and everything like the condom was new and didnt break or nething but a week later i got about 5 widely spread out ulcer sores on my vagina. i went to the sexual health clinic and they took swaps and told me i had herpes type 1. i now this comes form the mouth but he didnt have ne colesores or nethign on his face and we used a condom, and i was a virgin before and yeh. i just cant help but think that maybe it was just a reaction or somehting. the doctor said ti was weird hwo they were so spread out but it looked like herpes.
    i never had a blood test

    • ANSWER:
      Often clinics will not do a blood test if the swab test indicates a positive for HSV.

      I am sorry to say that the swab test indicated a positive most likely means that you contracted HSV.

      I am assuming that this was your first exposure to both oral sex and genital sex. What is odd is that as far as I know there is no swab test that can confirm HSV type that quickly even if the swab was sent to a laboratory.

      If this one sexual contact infected you, the earliest you would have detectable antibodies to cause a serological test to confirm HSV “type” is three weeks. You say that you were tested within one week. There is no “reliable” test that shows an antibody reaction that fast. See reference #1.

      That a clinic would claim that you had HSV1 that soon causes me to doubt their quality. Though doubting their ability to “type” the virus does not say that they could not define that you were positive to one or the other (HSVI or HSVII).

      It would be useful to be sure as to the type, for if you do indeed have HSV1 then consider this: “More than half of the U.S. population has HSV-1 antibodies by late adolescence (up to and including 29 years of age)” See reference #2. I believe this means that if you have HSV1 (oral HSV) but genitally sited, then there will be about a 50% chance that any partner that you choose will have HSV1 antibodies, which I believe (check with your medical practitioner to be sure) that you cannot infect them. Therefore if you do have an HSV1 infection I believe that one out of every two guys you meet will be immune.

      What I’d suggest (which is sort of funny because I’m not a doctor) is that you wait until 16 weeks have passed since the date you had sex to make sure you have adequate antibodies, and then print out this:

      http://www.ashastd.org/pdfs/HerpesBloodTestGuide.pdf

      Take that to the clinic and ask if they can do one of the three tests which test for HSV1 and HSV2.

      If they cannot do this, or will not (do NOT accept any other test unless they can point to a new CDC reference) find another clinic, or call your state Public Health Laboratory and ask them where to go. They will undoubtedly be able to tell you.

      Ref #1: http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_toolkit/select.cfm See: #2

      Ref #2: http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_toolkit/recommendations.cfm

      Please realize that you are one in a very large group. You can still find someone to fall in love with, and marry if you wish! You still can control your own health and your own love life.

      The above site is worth reading to understand how HSV can be treated and how to deal with it. I hope this helped.

      Note: While STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) clinics are very valuable, in my experience they are not always up to date with current best practice and in some cases can have negative effects by not keeping current. Do I know better? I will not say that I do, but CDC and ASHASTD.Org does! Trust them.

  36. QUESTION:
    wohhh! I just! got HERPES!!!!! type 2 (emotional Ouch)?
    I have genital herpes and it always feels....kinda spicy down there is that normal? or should that feeling have gone away by now? Its been about three to four weeks already since i contracted this viral infection maybe even a little longer is this a constant feeling that is here to stay? Or will it go away as i adjust to this new lifestyle?. I am becoming use to the fact that i have it but still when it comes down to getting help in person i breakdown so bad it feels as if i am about to collapse(faint). Is it possible to prevent it from spreading all over myself what measures do i have to take so that my face doesn't get taken over by this. On another note i love the friends that i have now but they are not on the same boat as i so i cant really open up to them on my situation with hsv-2 ; and i want to be part of a community were everybody is like me in the sense of hsv-2 so that i can speak freely to them about the everyday life that i lead with this new challenge; what impact it has created, what i can do to be happy and i want to see how people deal with it themselves and feel them out see with my own eyes if someone can really be happy with this incurable infection. { If you live in Los Angeles lets do lunch or something } if there is a hidden world out here for people with hsv-2 then i want in! i need peace of mind i need friends to help me unwind and get through this tough chapter in my life.

    • ANSWER:
      So sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I remember when I was first diagnosed with genital herpes. I felt ashamed, confused, angry, and was sure that no one would ever love me again.

      It seems that you don't know much about genital herpes. I suggest that you do a little bit of reading about it. This will both put your mind at ease a bit, and it will help you keep your future partners safe.

      I'm not sure what you mean when you say you feel "spicy." Itchy? Painful? Just very aware of your genitals? If you are having symptoms (but not a real outbreak) after four weeks, you should go back to the doctor.

      You should know that herpes is spread through skin-to-skin contact. You are most infectious when you are having an outbreak, but can spread herpes even when no symptoms are present. This is why most people feel that, ethically, you should tell every future sex partner about your disease bofore you get sexual with them. Especially since condoms don't protect against herpes.

      You should also learn that HSV2 and "genital herpes" are not necessarily the same thing. HSV2 is the virus that prefers the gentials, but it can infect the mouth, and HSV1 is the virus that prefers the mouth, but can infect the genitals. Technically, you have genital herpes caused by HSV2.

      Herpes will not "take over" your face. Most people (50% to 80% of adults) have oral herpes. It's usually caught in childhood from kissing relatives and is not an STD. If you are JUST infected, then it is relatively easy for you to spread the disease to your mouth or eyes - so be sure to wash you hands after touching your genitals. In another few months, your body will have antibodies that will help protect you from infecting yourself somewhere else.

      And let me reassure you that you can indeed be happy again. I've dated several men since catching genital herpes 10+ years ago, and am now happily married.

      There are STD dating sites. I've never used them because I've always been MUCH more concerned about my partners personality, religion, smarts, kindness, etc. etc. than whether or not they have an STD. I certainly don't feel defined by my herpes, and really only think about it occaisonally - like when I'm answering questions on here.

      You might consider telling a close friend that you can trust. First off, about 20% of the population has genital herpes, so chances are 1/5 that they have it, too. Also, the best way to get emotional support is from people who love you already.

      I've put a link to my favorite website about herpes. It's easy to read, and much more reliable than taking advice from strangers. You should check it out. And feel free to email me with questions if you like..

  37. QUESTION:
    My new girlfriend has herpes?
    I met this girl last month. We talked on phone for weeks, set a date, and then met up. She was gorgeous and our personalities clicked. Anyway, we ended up having unprotected sex on the beach the first date and she told me afterwards that she had type 1 herpes. I was devastated and angry. She was very upset too that she didnt tell me. We talked about it and she was very sorry and later respectful and offered to pay for my testing and take me out to dinner and apologized profusely. She told me we couldnt continue because she disrespected me and herself by not telling me and she felt very guilty and emotional because she liked me so much.
    She even told me we will stop having sex and just hang out. She always told a guy upfront that she had herpes. But this time she fell in love with me and the passion swept her away she said. I agree there were fireworks. She told me she hadn't had a herpes outbreak in 5 years. She said in her 18 years of marriage her exhusband never contacted herpes from her. I want to date her because we laugh so much and have so much fun together. The second time we had sex I performed oral sex on her and I didnt see any outbreak on her and I did wear a condom this time. We had sex four times with a condom. I am mixed up and confused because I have so much passion for her and feelings. She feels the same way about me and I want to date her. I just dont know what to do? Its been several weeks since we had sex and I havent experienced any herpes symptoms. Doesnt eman i dont have it though. She wants to end it with me and let me move on because she knows I feel uncomfortable knowing she has an STD. She swears I wont get it though. Yes, I know she is probably contagious by the "shedding process" of herpes even without an outbreak. Can i get herpes from oral sex with her? Also what are my chances of getting herpes if her ex husband never got it in 18 years of marriage? Should i continue to date her? I dont want herpes but I care about her alot. Because most adults have oral herpes, a person shouldnt stop giving or receiving affection altogether between outbreaks (when there are no signs or symptoms) simply because they have oral herpes. Fear and passion are ruling me right now. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      She has type 1 herpes and you are devastated and angry?

      80% OF ADULTS HAVE TYPE 1 HERPES she is not alone.

      Hsv-1, or type 1, is what causes the common cold sore, and most of us carry it on the mouth after catching it as babies.

      NO girl is going to inform you they have it on the mouth, and the vast majority of them do. Most of them don't know they have it. In fact it is more than likely you already have it - from childhood not from this girl - too.

      AND, it is much more infectious on the mouth, its 'home site' than it is on the genitals. About five times more. Your girl is only infectious about 3% of the time, mostly when she has outbreaks. She is VERY VERY unlikely to have put you at any risk - less risk than you have blithely taken with other girls, that majority of girls that have it orally and give you oral sex without informing you they got a cold sore as a child.

      What she has, type 1, is exactly the same as having oral herpes - it is the same virus. And you yourself say that a person shouldn't stop giving or receiving contact between outbreaks if they have oral herpes. Contact with this girl - intercourse or oral - is no different than with a parnter with oral herpes - except in that it is much less infectious where she has it. I am sure you have come across people before who get cold sores. This is no different.

      Many people are under the impression that genital herpes sheds between outbreaks but oral herpes doesn't. This is untrue, and I am proof of that, since I caught it from my boyfriend's oral infection when he had no symptoms. Oral hsv-1 is FAR more likely to shed between outbreaks than genital hsv-1.

      The oft quoted risk per year for catching genital hsv-2, having regular unprotected sex but avoiding contact during outbreaks, is 10%. Genital hsv-2 is infectious 15-16% of the time, compared to genital hsv-1's 3-4%. So you are looking at a risk factor per year of unprotected sex of 2-2.5%.

      It is highly unlikely that you would stop a girl with oral herpes from ever giving you oral sex, or that you would treat her like she has an std, yet the only difference between the two is the stigma you are placing on her genital infection, simply because it is genital not oral. Why treat her any differently than you would treat her if she had just confessed to you she got a cold sore five years ago?

      The only herpes you can get from giving her oral sex is cold sores of the normal type 1 type. And your chance is far lower than if you kiss a girl who has it orally. Similarly your chances of catching it genitally through unprotected intercourse with her are far far lower than catching it genitally from a partner with a history of cold sores giving you oral sex.

      Also, if you are one of the 80% of adults that has oral herpes - which you could be whether you have ever had symptoms or not - you will not catch it from her again, orally or genitally.

      She isn't some person who is dirty and contaminated because she had an std. She is probably a girl who received oral sex from a partner with oral herpes, and all of a sudden found that she had to bear the stigma of an std for something most adults have, just because their infection was oral and hers is genital. Think about it.

      Genital herpes type 1 is not a big deal. My boyfriend caught cold sores on his mouth when he was five. He avoided giving me oral sex when he had one, but one time when he gave me oral sex 7 years into our relationship, I caught it genitally.

      I wouldn't tell all men I have genital type 1 either. After all, most people have it, and those that have it orally don't feel a moral duty to tell when they do not have symptoms. Don't judge her for that. She was probably terrified you'd overreact to an extremely common virus, and you haven't exactly proved her wrong.

  38. QUESTION:
    Herpes blood test ? uk answers please?
    I'm 25 weeks pregnant & think i have had hepes before. I'm having no symptoms and was wondering if i go to the GUM and ask for a blood test for antibodies would they give me it? or would they want to do a physical examination aswell?
    I asked my Dr & she said it's pointless to do anything apart from swabs every week 4 weeks up to the birth ( which i dont really want to have to do)

    • ANSWER:
      They don't give blood tests on the NHS, at least not where I live. I asked at the GUM when I was there and they said they didn't. However, they might do if if you are pregnant and want to know for sure if you have herpes. They just weren't willing to pay for my partner to get tested (I also have genital herpes). I do know that you can get it done through the GP or GUM - it is just a matter of getting them to pay for it.

      If they won't, you can get it done through the Herpes Viruses Association, www.herpes.org.uk

      You have to be a member £25, and they send you the blood collection kit £5 and you get the blood taken locally and send it back with a cheque for the laboratory for £22.46. Total cost £52.46.

      That info was up to date a year ago. Remember, all the herpes blood test can show you is if you test positive for either type of herpes, hsv-1 or hsv-2. If you have already had an outbreak diagnosed by swab in the past it is pretty pointless. And if you only tested positive for hsv-1, they couldn't tell you if it was a genital or oral infeciton (hsv-1 also causes most oral cold sores but is responsible for over half of genital herpes cases in women in the UK).

      If you are worrying about giving birth naturally when you have herpes, then don't. If you were infected with herpes before getting pregnant, then even if you were having an outbreak at the time of birth the danger is still low - obviously doctors want to err on the side of caution. My sister has genital herpes and has had three children naturally. They didn't even offer her the swabs. If you want to know the facts about giving birth with herpes, this leaflet by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists looks good. It can be found here:

      http://www.rcog.org.uk/resources/public/pdf/genitalherpes.pdf

      The RCOG had a pdf of a great study on neonatal herpes that it did a couple of years ago - tried to find it for you but the link seems to be dead on their site or they have moved the page. However, I condensed the article for another yahoo question, so here is what I got from it:

      UK incidence of neonatal herpes per 100.000 live births: 1.65

      Almost ALL cases of neonatal herpes occur as a result of direct contact with infected maternal secretions , i.e. during a vaginal delivery.

      The risks are greatest when a woman acquires a NEW infection (primary genital herpes) during late pregnancy, so that the baby is delivered before the development of protective maternal antibodies.

      Daily suppressive aciclovir in the last four weeks of pregnancy may prevent genital herpes recurrences at term. In a clinical trial of the use of suppressive acyclovir during the last four weeks of pregnancy, none of the 21 women treated with aciclovir and nine of the 25 women (36%) treated with placebo had clinical evidence of recurrent genital herpes at delivery.

      Caesarean section is recommended for all women presenting with first-episode (primary) genital herpes lesions at the time of delivery, but is NOT indicated for women who develop first episode genital herpes lesions during the first or second trimesters, or who acquired HSV before pregnancy. Women with recurrent HSV at delivery can be delivered vaginally (see below).

      Where first-episode genital herpes lesions are present at the time of delivery and the baby is delivered vaginally, the risk of neonatal herpes, calculated from five studies was 41% .

      There were NO infected babies born to women who had acquired herpes antibodies prior to pregnancy.

      For women presenting with recurrent genital herpes lesions at the onset of labour, the risks to the baby of neonatal herpes are small and should be set against the risks to the mother of
      caesarean section. A recurrent episode of genital herpes occurring at any other time during pregnancy is not an indication for delivery by caesarean section.

      Recurrent genital herpes infection is associated with a MUCH smaller risk of neonatal herpes. Where vaginal delivery is associated with recurrent genital HSV lesions, one study reported an HSV transmission rate of 3% and another study reported a rate of 0% (note this is only when lesions are actually present during vaginal delivery).

      NONE of the babies in the study diagnosed with HSV was born to a woman who had acquired herpes antibodies prior to pregnancy.

      Women who report a history of genital herpes can be reassured that, in the event of an HSV recurrence during pregnancy, the risk of transmission to the neonate is very small, even if genital lesions are present at delivery.

      Hope this is a help to you.

  39. QUESTION:
    where do herpes come from?

    • ANSWER:
      The herpes infection has a history dating back to ancient Greece. The word 'herpes' was used by Hippocrates to describe lesions that 'creep' or 'crawl.' Although previously well characterized, it was not until 1893 that the transmissibility was recognized.6

      The herpes family of viruses currently is thought to consist of herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1), herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), varicella-zoster, Epstein-Barr, cytomegalovirus, and human herpes virus VI, VII, and VIII.5 All are capable of entering and replicating in epithelial cells, while some of the herpes family is neurotropic and others are lymphotropic. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are neurotropic, infecting sensory nerve fibers and have been demonstrated to reproduce in epithelial cells. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are lytic to human epithelial cells and latent in neural tissue at the site of regional ganglions. Usually the virus initially enters the body through a break in the mucous membrane integrity, although there is evidence that it may penetrate intact skin. In either case, transmission results from mucocutaneous contact with infected secretions and aerosols. When reactivated, the virus travels along the nerve axon to the surface epithelial cells and can cause a recurrent epithelial outbreak.

      http://www.thejcdp.com/issue009/tilliss/10tillis.htm

  40. QUESTION:
    Would you date someone with an STD?
    So, ive known this girl for about a year and we always flirted a bit and stuff but i didnt ask her out because she is a barmaid so i figure she didnt need another customer hitting on her and a friend of mine liked her to so i thought it would be a bit out of line to ask her out..anyway we got drunk with some mutual friends and ended up kissing and have seen eachother a few times since and like eachother alot. So we were texting and talking about ex's and she told me her ex husband (she is only 25) cheated on her alot of times and she ended up contracting Herpes as a result. I was so shocked cause shes a beautiful girl who anyone would just assume has a normal healthy life. Im really upset about it for lots of reasons, angry that he did that to her, angry that i have met someone who i like and likes me back but now there is this problem...I will continue seeing her regardless, but i guess i just want peoples opinions. It doesn't change how i feel about her but the risks of having a sexual relationship with her are obviously pretty scary. anyone been in this situation? id love some feedback..

    cheers.
    yea, i dont think i can have sex with her. its just too risky hey. cheers fellas.
    thanks JB.
    Yea well thats why im asking Katrian. I dont wanna just be like "nah your gross" i do care, if it was something else like cancer or something it would be so wrong to walk away so im pretty torn up about it . It wasn't her fault, but i feel like id be crazy to have sex with her because its hard enough to find someone you like, let alone how hard it would be to find someone if i caught it from her and we broke up..id be more inclined to just not have sex with her, but i mean really, how long can that last?

    • ANSWER:
      Others had their say, let me give you FACTS.

      You can reduce the risk of contracting herpes to just 1% per year by:
      Her being on antiviral meds
      YOU wearing a condom
      Avoiding sex during an outbreak and for 3-4 days following

      Those are better odds than you will have ANYWHERE by going out and dating someone who won't tell you they are infected with something that is also life-changing-like genital warts, "asymptomatic herpes" (infected but show absolutely NO symptoms!), hepatitis, chlamydia, syphilis, etc.

      There are people on herpes support sites who have been married for over 15-20 years to a partner who STILL does not have herpes--and they have perfectly healthy kids as well. Also people dating, engaged--whose partners remain herpes-negative.

      You need to find out WHICH kind of herpes she has--HSV-1 (oral herpes contracted in the genitals via oral sex) or HSV-2 (genital herpes). Outbreaks with HSV-1 are less likely to cause a problem over time, and even HSV-2 starts to pretty much go into hiding in time.

      I'm including a source you need to read to educate yourself--and a site you can join anonymously to ask questions from those with herpes to find out how many really are having solid relationships with herpes-free partners! They are NOT spam!

      It is NOT the big whoop people make it out to be! If you truly like this girl, read the material, talk about it, and give you both a chance to take the time to know each other, and possibly develop a relationship-without the immediate goal of jumping in the sack being on the table for now.

      ____________
      And by the way, JB is sooooo wrong! How many people do you know with cold sores? And how many of them spend time parked in doctor's offices or spending money on meds? Practically NONE! Once they are diagnosed, they know what to do and don't need any intervention at all!

      People live their lives, most go on antiviral meds ONLY when involved with someone else (and you get it for about at Walmart!).

      And the condoms bit? Good Heavens! There are LOTS of STDS that require you use a condom EVERY TIME to protect yourself! And without constant STD testing, who knows what your next partner will bring to the bed with you?

      That's the problem with Yahoo Answers. Too many people, with too little education and real information, making too many judgments.

  41. QUESTION:
    question about cold sores??
    why do people get cold sores when they are sick and if you touch the ones in your mouth and then your private genital area can it spread??

    • ANSWER:
      What are cold sores?

      Cold sores are a very common illness caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

      The disorder is characterised by groups of fluid-filled blisters which appear on red swollen areas of the skin or on the mucous membranes. The areas can be tender and painful. The blisters heal without scarring but have a tendency to recur.

      There are two types of herpes simplex virus.

      HSV-1, which is the most common type, usually causes cold sores (oral herpes). HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes. But both types can infect any area of the skin or mucous membranes.

      Approximately 80 per cent of the adult population have antibodies against HSV-1 in their blood.

      Around 25 per cent of the adult population have antibodies against HSV-2.

      What causes the virus?

      The virus can only be transmitted by close personal contact such as kissing. Most people will have come into contact with the virus between the ages of three and five but will not show any symptoms until after puberty.

      HSV invades the cells of the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, causing fluid-filled blisters to appear. The virus travels from the epidermis along the nerve paths to the roots of the nerves where it becomes inactive.

      A weakening of the body's defences, due to a severe cold for example, can lead to a reactivation of the virus and a return of the blisters.

      Herpes Epidemic Rise
      Oral herpes, an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus, is estimated to be present in 50 to 80 percent of the American adult population. 20 percent, over 50 million people, are infected with genital herpes, also caused by the herpes simplex virus, and the majority of these cases may be unaware they even have it. Studies show that more than 500,000 Americans are diagnosed with genital herpes each year, and the largest increase is occurring in young teens.
      There is no cure for herpes to date. Supporting your immune system should be your first goal. A weakened immune system is more prone to outbreaks. Dr. Keller's immune strengthening products are available on this site. Efforts to develop a herpes vaccine by biotechnology companies are ongoing. Until an effective herpes vaccine or cure for HSV infection is found, the prevailing approach to treatment continues to be suppressive antiviral therapy. Links, on this page, go to products and services which can help you cope with herpes in your life.

  42. QUESTION:
    Do I have mouth herpes?
    My boyfriend had a cold sore or canker sore on his lip WEEKS ago. But around that time, he kissed me and we made-out a little (I didn't really wanna because the sore looked gross). Then maybe a week later after that, I started to have sores INSIDE my mouth. Sometimes they're little bumps that I can pick off, but then a bigger bump comes... And I also get cold sores in my mouth. Are they herpes? Am I going to die? Will they spread? WHAT ARE THEY? These demon-things kinda itch... I tell my mom about this (I'm only FIFTEEN!!!!) and she says that it's nothing.. I figure that she'd know since she has herpes "down there"... Please tell me what this is. And no rude comments. Please!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear your bad situation!
      It is possible that you have got Oral herpes.And there are some info about HSV-1.
      Oral herpes symptoms involve blisters or cold sores on the lips and in the mouth that can develop into painful ulcers. If the gums are infected they will grow to be red and puffy. Oral herpes may possibly also cause a fever, aching muscles and swollen glands in the neck. An initial outbreak might final from two to three weeks.
      I am a memeber of herpesmingle.com,An old STD dating site. And hope what I showed be helpful.
      And you'd better see a doctor before dealing with it.And don't be negative even if it is oral herpes.Okay?
      Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    can i get STDs from oral sex if ive never been with anyone else, and vise versa?
    my boyfriend and i have been together for a pretty long time, we have feelings a lot of poeple dont, so i decided we should go ahead and take a step further and try doing some oral (were taking it slow) and it was amazing, i swallowed my first time, we both have never been with other people, and i had no sores in my mouth that i am aware of, ive had cold sores before so i know i already have some kinda of herpes, but will i get anything major from swallowing?
    i only have cold sore herpes, i dont have anything else.
    but will i get an std if we've never been with other people before?
    i dont kiss him or do anything with him when i get a cold sore,

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear your bad situation!,you should know symptoms of Herpes.
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.I am just a member of an std dating site named hloving.com.And hope what I provided be useful.

      Take care

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it herpes or chapped lips?
    I have a friend who had sex with a girl who people say has herpes though it has never been officially confirmed. After he had sex with her, a few days to a week later, he kissed me. Not making out or anything, there was no open mouth or anything, just a kiss as a joke on 2 occasions. It then occurred to me that he may have herpes. My lips get chapped very easily and i lick them which makes it worse. This morning i noticed a small red bump, that hurt when i lick it, on my lip. The corners of my lips have been dry and hurting for a day or 2 already and i've been licking them. So i didn't know if the small red bump was most likely from chapped lips of if the guy gave me anything.
    And it doesn't look white on the top or puss filled. Its just a bump.

    • ANSWER:
      Ther are some info maybe helpful.
      Oral herpes or named HSV-1.Its symptoms involve blisters or cold sores on the lips and in the mouth which can develop into painful ulcers. If the gums are infected they will grow to be red and puffy. Oral herpes may possibly also cause a fever, aching muscles and swollen glands in the neck. An initial outbreak might final from two to three weeks.

      And I think it is not herpes,but your symptoms is simple.And maybe you can see a doctor firstly,which will help more.And if you really get herpes,ther are still some medcine can deal with the symptoms through it can't be cured,and you can also find friends who got herpes to talk about how to deal with it at hloving.com,which is a std dating site and free to try.In the end best wishes to you.

  45. QUESTION:
    Do I have oral herpes?
    I'm really scared that I might have gotten oral herpes this past weekend. Saturday night, at a friend's birthday party, I made out with this person (literally for only like 20 seconds). Then, the next day (Sunday), I noticed that my food/liquids weren't going down so easily - there's a little bit of pain (more like agitation) when I swallow. I've looked in the mirror, and it looks like my right tonsil is inflamed, and there seems to be some barely noticeable bumps around the back of my throat (near my right tonsil and the uvula). Now, not even ten minutes ago, I just noticed a tiny, sort of painful (when put under pressure), puss-filled bump right above my top lip. And by "tiny", I mean I had to get pretty close to the mirror to see it. It doesn't seem to have any redness around it, but then again I have somewhat of a mustache, so I suppose that could be making the redness less visible.

    That was the first time I've made out with someone since I was a kid (like around seven years old) experimenting with a friend. So, obviously, I'm freaking out. If anyone could clear this up for me, that would be fantastic.
    I just checked my inner upper lip in the mirror, and I found two groupings of small bumps. They're not discolored, though. They're pink - the same color as the rest of my mouth.
    *as the rest of the tissue inside of my mouth.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,friend.It is possible that you have got Oral herpes.
      Oral herpes symptoms involve blisters or cold sores on the lips and in the mouth that can develop into painful ulcers. If the gums are infected they will grow to be red and puffy. Oral herpes may possibly also cause a fever, aching muscles and swollen glands in the neck. An initial outbreak might final from two to three weeks.
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      And you'd better see a doctor and do a test.And don't be negative even if it is herpes.
      I got herpes for years and just a member of an old std dating site named herpesmingle.com.
      Hope what I showed above be useful.
      GOod luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can you only catch herpes if there having and outbreak like sores or lesions ?
    Ever sense this guy touched me and I was told but not sure he had the herpes I have felt dirty. I've been reading up on it and I think my mind I playing tricks on me like mind over matter . Its berm almost a month and I see no sores or lesions but I'm really irritated down there but that not unusual for that to happen to me every couple months. I feel like bugs are crawling on me and biting me every where should I have a concern of having herpes. I fell confident I don't but everything I read on the internet I do but then I must have all the other std to for years

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear that
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part.
      If you are got herpes unlunkily,you can choose to find your STD groups-------herpesmingle.com-----STD dating sites,now have tens of thousands STD friends here.And the site provide many serivces such as std test,std chatting,std forum,etc

hsv 1 dating site

Natural Remedies For Cold Sores On Lips

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for getting rid of cold sores. PLEASE HELP!?
    i have a terribel cold sore on my lip and it is killing me. If anyone has any secrets or tips on getting rid or helping them heal please helppppp!!

    • ANSWER:
      You can do this :
      http://www.jinshinjyutsugent.be/en/mainCentral.html
      procedure every day.

      Add 2 steps where you hold your hand above the upper lip and then under the lower lip.

      You can do it quickly, 5 minutes is ok for the whole if you don't have much time. But try to take 20 minutes once a day.

      You can feel the effects for yourself, as well the short term effects as the long term.

      Good luck.

      EDIT
      No, Omoikane is not joking... I know it's too simple, but for sure it's not a joke.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you get cold sores from people in the late healing phase? People who get them ONLY.?
    As described here: http://www.colonhealth.net/healtharticles/8-critical-cold-sore-stages-and-natural-remedies.html there are basically 8 stages to having an oral cold sore. If you get them you can identify with it.

    This is what happened:
    A few days ago I was at stage 7 in this. It no longer hurt or itched and it was completely scabbed over and about to fall off. I felt fairly safe in kissing, so I did. Come today (like three days later) my boy creature says that he has a sore on his lip. I haven't seen him yet. I'll know if it's that when I see it, but even during these very final stages is a person at risk of spreading it?
    I'm seriously very careful and handle it responsibly as I know to.

    Also, what would you say to someone you've given it to?
    My best friend who was awake when he called me said that she's now going to call him my girlfriend. I really don't remember a time I didn't get them, so I can't understand his point of view, though I understand why he'd be angry.

    If he has it I will give him the medicine I have for it and tell him how to get rid of it. Just- anyone been through this?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. You can even give them to people when you don't have a cole soar (although it is less likely).

  3. QUESTION:
    Questions about cold sores (oral herepes)?
    Ever since I was a little girl I suffer from cold sores on the lips. Let me just say that this is the worst thing I suffer from and I have TOS and juv. Diabetes =). Okay first thing I want to know is why I get them so bad. I can count on getting them if I eat oranges, stress out, spend a day in the sun, or even wear lipstick. I do take L-Lysine but I dont think it works anymore. My Doc. tried to prescribe Valtrax but I have heard that my body will just get used to that also so I havent started it. I have a two week old baby girl and am so afraid she will get it. I hate that I cant kiss her but wont for the fear of passing it to her. What else can I do to keep her safe from this dissease? What meds do you recomend for the pain? Any natural remedies to speed the healing process? Thank you for you answers and time.

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    for a really bad cold/fever blister?
    my sister has a really bad fever blister or cold sore.
    whatever you would like to call it. she gets them regularly
    and she knows you can get them from heat and stress.
    we live in arizona so yes it's super hot here.
    but she got one yesterday it's more like 4 all on the bottom of her lip. this morning she drained puss from it. and it looks really horrible. it hurts her and is just gross.
    is there anything she can help it with? natural remedies?

    don't suggest carmex or baking soda. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Something she might try as a *preventative* is L-Lysine.

      L-Lysine is an amino acid which is chemically similar (though not the same) as L-Arsenine, which the herpes virus which causes cold sore and canker sores uses to replicate. The virus absorbs L-Lysine, but because of the slight difference in chemical structure cannot use the L-Lysine to replicate, hence, it works as a preventative for cold sores and canker sores.

      I've been using it for ten years and the only times I've had canker sores were when I'd run out of L-Lysine and forgot to get an extra supply.

  5. QUESTION:
    Information about rodent ulcers in cats?
    Hello - I have a cat who is almost 3 yrs old. She has suffered from rodent ulcers (3 in her lifetime) on her upper lip. I took her to the vet for vaccinations and the vet told me to bring her in next time it happened. I read that they basically give your cat a shot in the lip of steroids. It has happened again... and I am wondering if she is allergic to pollen! I have a balcony that she goes out on and it is 'pollen season.' She does not have feline leukemia.

    Does anyone have any NATURAL remedies that have worked for you? I tried putting cold natural sea salt water on her lip to "dry out" the sores. Which seemed to be working... then I accidentally let her out on the balcony Sunday & it's spreading to the other side after a week. (That's why I think it has to do with pollen!)

    Do you think cold natural sea salt water would work if I continued... or would warm be better? Anything you can suggest would be helpful, as I'm really trying to avoid the vet! THANK YOU! :)

    • ANSWER:
      You can try lysine (pills, crushed and put on the food, it's tasteless) of 250 - 500mg, it's an amino acid and safe for cats, we use it with the FIV guys. That may help some.

      Information is online--google 'feline rodent ulcers' and look at the vet sites, not personal sites. Mine gets these occasionally, he's never had to get a shot for it. The vet sites will list treatments for the problem.

  6. QUESTION:
    Sores at corners of mouth...Angular cheilitis help?
    I have painful sores at both corners of mouth...the medical term " Angular cheilitis " or "perleche".
    I have the correct diagnosis....it's not herpes or cold sores. I searched on the web for a remedy,but couldn't find any help. Do you know of a natural treatment,or medicines to cure this?
    I have been using lip balm and an expensive ointment called Abrevea...it has not helped at all.
    Then I heard your supposed to keep it dry as possible...I don't know what to do!!
    .

    • ANSWER:
      I too have experienced this, especially when it starts to get colder outside. I've used the Abreva & every other lip balm/chapstick out there! The only product that has ever worked for me to heal the severely sore corners of my mouth was "CARMEX". Its sold at most pharmacies and pretty cheap too. This stuff has been around for ages. Recently, I suffered from those sore corners of the mouth for about 3 weeks, seemed like every time I smiled the skin in the corner of my lips ripped open and got worse! I was using regular old chapstick, so I went and got some Burts Bees lip balm and still nothing was helping. My mom told me about the Carmex, so I made another trip to the drug store and picked some up (it comes in a tube or a small, round cannister-I got the tube). About three days after using it (which was 4x a day or more) the corners of my mouth felt so much better and were pretty much back to normal, so if you havent tried the Carmex yet, def get some. I swear by it. Some other good things to remember if you dont already know, do not lick your lips, especially the corners of them and try putting the Carmex on right before you go to bed, that way it stays on your lips through the night, thats what I did and I would wake up with soft, non-chapped lips every morning..I loved it! So I hope this helps:) & Good luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    Small Pimple problem on edge of lip.How to Get rid of?
    Hi there. Can anyone help? 10 points for best answer. I am a 39 yr old woman. I have good skin.A good Skincare Routine and wear makeup healthy for my skin.However over the past few months I have been experiencing small pimples on the bottom corners of my lower lips. They start off small and are easy to hide but recently they have turned into small whiteheads. I try not to touch them as I know they can spread.This most recent one is bugging me though. It came up in a large whitehead so I carefully and hygenically took care of it.The thing is.It now looks like a cold sore.Though I never suffer with them. I kow it can't be my lipstick as a lot of the time I don't wear it. Anyone else suffer with this problem and what is the best way to make these disappear quickly please? Obviously it's on a very visible part and I hate them lol. Otherwise my skin is very good. Any natural remedies or over counter meds anyone could recommend would be good.Don't tell me toothpaste or oxy or clearasil.I've tried these.
    Thanks in advance :0)

    • ANSWER:

natural remedies for cold sores on lips

Natural Remedies For Genital Herpes Outbreaks

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    any home remedies/natural remidies for genital herpes?
    well.i contracted it from my husband. we usually try to be safe about this, but i suppose our luck ran out this time. my pride is hurt and im having trouble coping with the fact that i now have genital herpes. now my question is, is there a fast natural way to get rid of or help get rid of an outbreak? how can i do so? what should i eat? any creams? i really need help. please. please. please. i would just like someones input

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear about that. Lysine is a natural antiviral which can help get rid of out breaks, it may not work as fast as antiviral medication but it can help. Also Epsom salts baths help with the pain. Don't use creams on the out breaks they should be kept clean and dry to promote faster healing.
      As for coping take it a day at a time for now, I know it's hard to accept but things do get better over time.

  2. QUESTION:
    Best at home genital herpes treatments? -- useless opinions are not needed.?
    I just got over my first outbreak (which is known to be the worst), & I wanted to find faster and more reliable treatment for it. I ordered a natural oil treatment last time, & even though it worked, it took forever to finally heal & the bottle had already run out. Plus I smelt like a FrEaKiN InSeNcE Stick...Piece of Junk! So I really dont want to keep throwing money out on useless products, so if anyone knows a good treatment that have personally helped your outbreaks, then please send ideas on over.

    Also any home remedies and natural cures are a help. When i first got it, i learned a lot from going to websites such as these and was just interested in what ya'll might have to say.

    MuChOs GrAcIas!
    Stop thinking the worst. If you don't have it, then you're considered lucky. I have been doing treatments, and have it well maintained. Its not something that only permiscous people get. It's already shameful as it is, and I shouldnt be having to deal with people who have no earthly idea what they're talking about. Look up Herpes information, and you will be surprised how much your little minds have yet to learn. I always got tested and have 99% of the time practiced safe sex. So unless you don't know what you're talking about, then please do a common courtesy of letting someone who has informative information answer...
    Stop thinking the worst. If you don't have it, then you're considered lucky. I have been doing treatments, and have it well maintained. Its not something that only permiscous people get. It's already shameful as it is, and I shouldnt be having to deal with people who have no earthly idea what they're talking about. Look up Herpes information, and you will be surprised how much your little minds have yet to learn. I always got tested and have 99% of the time practiced safe sex. So unless you don't know what you're talking about, then please do a common courtesy of letting someone who has informative information answer...

    and no "dude" I don't have genital warts. BIG DIFFERENCE
    Thanks to all those who are actually trying to help. I never once asked for a "Cure", i asked for a treatment... And yes i have already stacked up on all the vitamins that are recommended and all the anti-fungal creams and powders that have been recommended.

    • ANSWER:
      Suppressive medication should work for you. Acyclovir, Valtrex, or Famvir are the most common meds to help suppress outbreaks. Talk to your doctor about a prescription. From what I understand, you can take it only when you have an outbreak, or you can take it daily, depending on how frequent your symptoms are. There is no clinical evidence that natural remedies work for herpes, at least as far as I know. Save your money.

  3. QUESTION:
    Best at home genital herpes treatments? -- useless opinions are not needed.?
    I just got over my first outbreak (which is known to be the worst), & I wanted to find faster and more reliable treatment for it. I ordered a natural oil treatment last time, & even though it worked, it took forever to finally heal & the bottle had already run out. Plus I smelt like a FrEaKiN InSeNcE Stick...Piece of Junk! So I really dont want to keep throwing money out on useless products, so if anyone knows a good treatment that have personally helped your outbreaks, then please send ideas on over.

    Also any home remedies and natural cures are a help. When i first got it, i learned a lot from going to websites such as these and was just interested in what ya'll might have to say.

    MuChOs GrAcIas!

    • ANSWER:
      The fact that you may be living with herpes, HIV/AIDS, Thrush or any other STD is not a negative issue. You just have found a whole community of people just like you. Nowadays such site are a lot like SingleHerpes. com You have an opportunity to move on with your life.
      Here you can get on with your life and meet new friends, partners or potential spouses. If you just need to find someone to talk to or give them help or advice, this is the right place.
      I hope you will be OK.

natural remedies for genital herpes outbreaks

Hsv 1 Dating

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How much saliva is needed to pass HSV-1 Oral herpes to another person?
    My friends girl friend is kindof a freak, she goes around and is w/ alot of guys every night, I know.
    But my friend still dates her for some odd reason.
    He told me that she has HSV-1 oral herpes and that it IS contagious, but you have to transfer somwhere around a pint of saliva to transfer it. Is this right, I would think that it would be much less like a messuring cups worth.

    • ANSWER:
      Salivia does not transmit herpes. So an infinite amount of salivia would not be enough.

      Herpes is spread through skin-to-skin contact. If the virus is present on a persons skin, they will transfer it to you when they kiss you. Or, if someone has a cold sore and they use a chapstick and then you use it right after them. But it needs to be quick - the virus dies very quickly away from the human body.

      Oral herpes is very common - and you may already have it. 50% to 80% of people do. Most often, it is caught in childhood from kissing relatives, so it doesn't matter if she is a "freak" or goes around with a lot of guys every night, or if she is a church-going virgin. If she has kissed her grandmother, then she may have oral herpes.

  2. QUESTION:
    How contagious is herpes after having it for over a year?
    I have had HSV-1 since September 29th, 2010. I have only had the one outbreak which occurred on the date mentioned. I am terrified of spreading the virus to my partner and was wanting and helpful advice on the subject. I heard that HSV-1 was less contagious and the less outbreaks you have, the less contagious it is because your virus sheds less. Is this true? If so, what are my odds of giving the virus to someone else, with and without condoms?

    • ANSWER:
      You're only have a small chance of spreading oral herpes when you don't have any signs or symptoms of it. Oral herpes tends to be less contagious when you're in between break outs.
      Just so you know oral herpes (if it's on the mouth) can be spread through giving oral sex but it's more likely to be passed that way when you have a cold sore or fever blister.
      You're safer to kiss and give oral sex when you don't have any signs of a cold sore or fever blisters. If you want to you can get some antiviral medication or suppressive therapy, that can even further reduce your risk of spreading it if you take it regularly. Just be honest with your partners about your status if you decide to take things to being intimate.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me stats on possibility of transmission for a genital outbreak of HSV-1 please?
    I have been recently diagnosed with having HSV-1 in my genital area. I got it from my ex who failed to mention he got cold sores. I am out on the dating scene again and want to know my chances (in percentages preferably) of passing it on to others. I have read all sorts of contradicting literature and want to set the record straight. Please and thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if you have visible sores, use a condom. In fact, for any casual sex, use a condom, don't spread it to others, even if you don't feel like you are having an outbreak at the time. Better safe than sorry. Also, HSV can be spread via oral contact (like if you get oral sex from a guy with HSV in his mouth, you can get it transferred to you genitals). Also, be very careful during an outbreak, DO NOT touch yourself and then rub you eyes, it can be transferred to your eyes and you don't want that. Best way to keep it under control (Besides meds) is to get talcum powder and sprinkle it down there to dry it up. Also, if you can sleep in the nude, that will help too.

      PS: Also, you can pick up more than one version of the virus, just be careful because you can get infected with various forms. There are medications you can take if you have frequent outbreaks. Also, try to stay in good health, don't get stressed out. Taking zinc is supposed to help prevent outbreaks as well.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me stats on possibility of transmission for a genital outbreak of HSV-1 please?
    I have been recently diagnosed with having HSV-1 in my genital area. I got it from my ex who failed to mention he got cold sores. I am out on the dating scene again and want to know my chances (in percentages preferably) of passing it on to others. I have read all sorts of contradicting literature and want to set the record straight. Please and thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      Don't know of any website that will provide the exact information you are looking for, but here is a good, reliable site from the National Institutes of Health http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/stdherp.htm

      I can tell you that if you are having an outbreak and you have unprotected sex, you will pass it on to your partner. You can even pass it on if you are not having an outbreak--the chances are slimmer, but it does happen.

  5. QUESTION:
    When should I tell someone I have oral/genital herpes?
    I have been tested positive for HSV-1 but my breakouts are on my genitals. I am supposed to have a date with someone next week and don't know when I should tell him. What if he kisses me goodnight? I just don't know how or what to tell him. My ex of 8 years cheated on me and I know other people say they live with it, but I don't want to tell a guy on the first date.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't tell him about it on the first date, that may scare him off. Get to know this person, if you want to have a serious relationship then tell him. If he really wants to be with you then you having herpes shouldn't matter to him.
      If you only have HSV on your genitals then you're not going to pass it to him by just kissing him on the mouth. Also don't feel pressured to kiss on the first date, you can tell him that you're old fashioned and don't want to kiss on the first date. If things go well between you then you can talk to him about taking things to the next level and tell him.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the procedures when a male goes for a std test?
    I been dating my girlfriend for 2 years, we have just decided we wanted to stat having sex. But befor we go all the way she wants a std test, Which I dont mind. But I heard they stick a big q-tip in your dick, is that true. If its not what do they do?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood tests are run from HIV and Syphilis.
      Chlamydia, Gonorrhea are either urine or swab tests (done during pap exam - and yes, the big q-tip).
      If you are concerned about HPV or HSV-1/HSV-2, you will need to request this specific tests because they are not normally run during a regular exam. A pap exam does not always check for HPV. Most doctors don't like to do blood tests for HSV-1/HSV-2 unless there is physcial evidence (sores/lesions) that you have it.
      HPV is done during the pap exam and again, if you don't have an active outbreak of HSV-1/HSV-2 then it would have to be done through a blood test.
      If you are worried about an infection in the throat like Gonorrhea, you have to request a throat culture. Chlamydia is considered rare to have in the throat so they won't really do a throat culture for that.

  7. QUESTION:
    How long does it take the cold sore virus to leave your body?
    I got a cold sore (due to fever) on thursday. The blister has disapeared. I have a date with my boyfriend on tuesday, it is an important date to us and I think he may want to kiss me. So, my hopes are that the virus isn't contagious anymore. He does know that I had a cold sore in the past week.

    Does anyone know how long it takes for the virus to leave the body after it has healed?

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores are caused by the virus known as herpes simplex type I (HSV-1). After the first episode of the disease, the virus lies dormant in the nerves or skin around the original area until something sets the virus off into another eruption. Colds, flu, and even stress can cause you to have an outbreak of cold sores. Why you have an outbreak at one time of life and not another is not clearly understood.

  8. QUESTION:
    I am dating a new guy. How can I be sure he does not have herpes?
    I just met a guy and started dating him. I want to kiss him within the next few dates, but how do I know he is clean? If I don't see anything on or around his mouth, should I just go for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well read below then u will be more aware of how infectious this Std is BUT relying on partner to be honest is fraught with danger and unless u or partner have an outbreak then a blood test will be inconclusive OK ♥

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  9. QUESTION:
    Can I get oral herpes from my girlfriend without her having a cold sore?
    I have been dating my girlfriend for almost a year now and she recently told me she has herpes. She said "don't worry, you can only get it if i have an outbreak/ cold sore which i haven't since i was young"... Is this true or could i still have herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores are really contagious. If you have a cold sore, it's very easy to infect another person with HSV-1. The virus spreads through direct contact — through skin contact or contact with oral or genital secretions (like through kissing). Although the virus is most contagious when a sore is present, it can still be passed on even if you can't see a sore. HSV-1 can also be spread by sharing a cup, eating utensils, or lip balm or lipstick with someone who has it.

      In addition, if you or your partner gets cold sores on the mouth, the herpes simplex virus-1 can be transmitted during oral sex and cause herpes in the genital area.

      Herpes simplex virus-1 also can spread if a person touches the cold sore and then touches a mucous membrane or an area of the skin with a cut on it. Mucous membranes are the moist, protective linings made of tissue that are found in certain areas of your body like your nose, eyes, mouth, and vagina. So it's best to not mess with a cold sore — don't pick, pinch, or squeeze it.

      Actually, it's a good idea to not even touch active cold sores. If you do touch an active cold sore, don't touch other parts of your body. Be especially careful about touching your eyes — if it gets into the eyes, HSV-1 can cause a lot of damage. Wash your hands as soon as possible. In fact, if you have a cold sore or you're around someone with a cold sore, try to wash your hands frequently.

      If they aren't taken care of properly, cold sores can develop into bacterial skin infections. And they can actually be dangerous for people whose immune systems are weakened (such as infants and people who have cancer or HIV/AIDS) as well as those with eczema. For people with any of these conditions, an infection triggered by a cold sore can actually be life threatening.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a woman to develop type 1 herpes through non sexual contact?
    I have been seeing a woman for a year now we started having sex right away, after about six months she was found to have type 1 herpes (very small outbreaks), I was tested and my results were negative, she swears she has not been with anyone else since she started dating me. Is it possible that the virus can lay dormant for a specific amount of time then outbreaks occur, or am I just a fool to believe her?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is possible for a woman to acquire HSV-1 herpes through non-sexual contact. HSV-1 is commonly found in the mouth region, but a person with HSV-1 on the mouth can transmit it to the genital region of a partner if providing any type of oral sex.

      HSV-1 genital infections are often less painful and result in far fewer outbreaks (a few if any on average). HSV-1 prefers the mouth region........in the genital region it is a bit outisde its comfort zone. As a result it causes less disease, and is less infectious than HSV-2 herpes which finds itself at home in the genital region.

      If you have had a coldsore/fever blister before on your mouth, your immune system would most likely not allow for you to get ANOTHER HSV-1 infection on another part of your body. So, if you ask for 'HSV type-specific serology' and it comes back that you are positive for HSV-1 (it only detects the presence of HSV, not the location of the infection) I wouldn't worry too much about acquiring HSV-1 genital infection.

      Contrary to a prior answer:

      Herpes in the genital region (regardless of where the person was first infected) can re-occur anywhere in the 'boxer short area". When HSV lies dormant it travels up the branched nerve endings in the area and when reactivated can travel down the branch any which way it sees fit causing an outbreak (or just viral shedding with no outbreak)

      And.....herpes has so many possible expressions and outbreaks are different for everyone. It is very common for people to present differently with herpes. >90% of people with HSV-2 are unaware of their infection (or have rationalized their symptoms as 'something else').

      You are not a fool to believe her. It is not unheard of for someone to present with what they think is their first outbreak and in actuality they have had the disease for years.

  11. QUESTION:
    When did you tell your partner that you have genital herpes?
    When did you tell your bf/gf that you have genital herpes? How long were you dating and how did they take it?

    • ANSWER:
      you must tell your partner before first sex! it will be honest move!

      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

      anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    Stomatitus My nephew is freaking out that he has herpes. He keeps saying oh this is gonna be a life Changer?
    He keeps saying oh this is gonna be a life Changer? A few questions. 1. What is it? Is it actually like the sexual Disease or is it a Canvur soar. 2.How long does it last and is it life long? 3. How contageous is it? We are looking for info and he is freaking my parents out with all types of information. You know grandparents. Thanks A lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes comes in two "types." HSV-1 (oral herpes) and HSV-2 (genital herpes)

      #1-Herpes Simplex Virus-1 is Oral Herpes--or usually called "cold sores" or "fever blisters." About 80% of the US population has it, 56% of teens do, and by age 50, about 90% of the population is infected. Most people get it as babies when a relative with the virus kisses them, or in nursery school/kindergarten/elementary school by sharing toys, foods, drinks with others who are infected, or in high school/college by kissing others, sharing drinks, etc. While oral herpes generally affects the mouth, it can be transmitted to the genitals during oral sex. In fact, the largest increase in herpes cases today is from teens performing oral sex.

      #2-The second type is Herpes Simplex Virus-2, which affects the genitals. While it can be spread to the mouth during oral sex, it is rare because the virus prefers the genital area.

      Both oral and genital herpes are contagious and can be transmitted simply by skin-on-skin contact with the lips or anywhere in the "boxer area." Additionally, the virus "sheds," an invisible process that occurs with no visible sores but still can infect others.

      Like most viruses, there is no cure, but there is treatment. Once you are infected the virus remains in the body, where it will occasionally surface causing sores (called "outbreaks). You can suppress the virus with anti-viral meds, such as Valtrex (VERY expensive!) or acyclovir (about for a month's supply). Herpes outbreaks generally last between 5-10 days and can be very painful if they affect the genitals. Primary outbreaks of either type are generally the worst and often require medical treatment.

      Also, there are MANY people who are infected but never show any symptoms ("asymptomatic"). Many cases can be traced to someone who was infected but did not know it.

      Testing for herpes includes taking a viral culture of the actual sores within 24-48 hours of the outbreak. After that point, an IgG type-specific blood test will be given. Because everyone's immune system is different, it can take up to 4 months for a reliable test result that shows you have antibodies for the virus, indicating that you are infected with herpes. Antibodies can show up anywhere between 2 weeks-4 months. In some cases, it has taken 6 months for the antibodies to occur.

      Having herpes is a life changer, because there is always a risk that you will transmit the virus to others. For that reason, it can put a damper on sexual spontaneity. Further, because people generally don't realize it really ISN'T a big deal, those with herpes are inclined to be rejected once their herpes status is known. Herpes also requires attention during childbirth, since untreated Moms can infect the baby if an outbreak occurs during the time she gives birth.

      Having said that, there are married couples with one spouse who has herpes, and the other still does not--after 15+ years of marriage! There are many who are dating, others engaged to, others living with partners who remain herpes negative after long periods of time.

      Your nephew might want to check out the source below for REAL information on herpes by medical experts on the topic. This is NOT spam--it's from the noted Westover Heights (STD) Clinic. Just open the "View Chapters" link and you can read all you want--it's free--as is the pdf download.

      There's also a large community of folks with herpes out there on the second source--Shut Up and Post (created and monitored by "Yoshi"). Your nephew can ANONYMOUSLY communicate with those who have been infected a long time--as well as medical and scientific experts. There is NOTHING he can ask that they won't have an answer for--including questions on dating and "the telling"!

      Time to get educated!

      Hope this helps!

  13. QUESTION:
    Is van Gaal the best Bayern coach to date?
    Bayern down 1-2 at halftime to a 2. Bundesliga team.
    Presumably van Gaal chews the team out during the 15 minute break, and Bayern go on to win 6-2.
    Is van Gaal the reason for Bayern's winning ways, or is Robben?

    • ANSWER:
      For me, Robben has been immense to Bayern's recent success.
      As of this post, when Robben has been involved Bayern have won 11 while drawing 1 (1:1 against Schalke) and losing 1 (0:1 to HSV) in the Bundesliga.
      Without Robben on the pitch Bayern are 2 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss.
      Bayern also dropped as low as eighth in the table during the time Robben struggled with injury in October/November.
      With both Robben and Ribery now back in the fold, Bayern not only look set to regain top spot in the Bundesliga but could also make some serious noise in the Champions League.

  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone every worked through having a partner with herpes?
    He contracted it before we were seeing each other and other than that issue, is everything I could ask for. I've been reading that it is basically a "skin" infection and that 1 in 4 people in the US has it. Has anyone been through this, how did you get through it and how did it work out.

    • ANSWER:
      Here's my story. I was the one with herpes, and my husband accepted it. I chose to wait to have sex until the wedding ring was on my finger and he kissed the bride. I would have felt like I had to stay in the relationship if I'd given it to him and then wanted to break up with him later (before the wedding).

      Here's the rest of my story, hope it helps!

      If your significant other has his/her priorities in order, has done some soul searching, and is ready to get married, you should definitely hang around! You have found an honest one, because it is one of the most difficult things in life to tell someone about.

      Also decide what you truly want in a long lasting relationship, and if he seems to be the one, STAY with him and wait to have sex! People used to do it all the time and some still do, even without stds as a worry.

      For me, it promoted a maturity that was necessary to deal with my future, as I truly believed I had none. I did some heavy soul searching and changed the 'type' of guy I was dating. (Hopefully your friend has also done this.) It made me ready to settle down, and find a comfortable relationship with trust that could withstand the test of time. Rather than needing to keep dating and have fun (not sex fun - I had only been with one person when I got it from a violent situation. I had dated lots though!)

      Here is my story, I hope it helps!

      I have been married for 17 years now to a man who had only one other sexual partner. We have two children and he has never shown any symptoms of hsv. I was entirely honest with him, and we waited until a month before our wedding to consumate (have sex)the relationship. That was my choice.

      Though I was open with him, I told him in the dark so I wouldn't have to see his expression. He thought about it (I don't even remember if is answer was immediate or not), and said that it didn't matter. I feared the answer to many other questions about whether he meant he didn't need sex; how we would get pregnant if we used condoms; and even wondered if he knew something I didn't. I called myself 'damaged goods'. I also hoped he would research the topic before consummating the relationship. I am sure he did, as he is a VERY smart man.

      You see, as emotionally painful as finding out I had hsv was, it was actually a blessing for me in the end. I was living life for the now, and unable to make a commitment to marriage until this vd caused me to sit down and be honest with myself about my values and what I wanted out of life. I was twenty five or so and still single, moving from one long term relationship to another... all ending the same way. I entered counseling and reevaluated what was really important in a relationship. I haven't slept around, but was under the false impression that men who had had many encounters were sexy... I wish someone had told me about the statistics.

      One thing that was truly wonderful, was that when he told me it didn't matter to him, I knew in my heart that this relationship would be FOREVER. No cheating, no divorce, no dating again, or remarriage.... that was one loving commitment he made to me. He is truly the man of my dreams (and logic).

      There are two types of the virus and you can get either one in either place. I already had Type 1 (oral), but when Type 2 entered my body, I developed flu-like symptoms along with the outbreak.

      At first I took acyclovir faithfully to avoid transmission, but my sweetie told me to quit taking it after a couple of months. I had a lot of outbreaks, and when I had one, I just asked him to wear a condom. After a couple of months he said that if he was going to get it, just let it happen.

      I also remember some point in the first year that my husband developed flu-like symptoms. I told him that it could be hsv, and he just told me to stop worrying. But even then, he didn't have an outbreak and never has had. Although my hubby has never had an outbreak, I'm sure he has to be a carrier of it.

      Like I said, we have two beautiful children, (who by the way will be more resistant to the virus since theyy have acquired my antibodies to hsv while in the womb) and we have unprotected oral and regular sex. The only time hsv can cause serious birth defects is when someone contracts the virus in the late stages of pregnancy. I had two c-sections, but for other reasons though. It actually was a relief to me- just out of caution.

      Many of my questions were answered in time. He has an incredible sex drive and our bedroom activities ARE important to both of us.

      Email me if I can help in any other way!

  15. QUESTION:
    what is the the usual amount of time between contracting hsv 2 and the time of symptoms.?
    im a 38 yr old divorcee, of 2yr. im dating this guy for about 9mos. we're pretty serious. i just recently found out i was hsv 1& 2 positive. i was married for 10yrs. is it more likely i contracted this from my current boyfriend or my ex-husband. my titer was 5.0. does anyone know if this is acute or chronic. i never had any sign until recently about 2 mos. ago. thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      I guess it depends. What signs did you have about 2 months ago? If it was a primary outbreak then likely you got it from your current partner. If it was just mild symptoms then you could have had some symptoms that you never noticed for a decade or more, the majority of people with either type of herpes simplex either location are in this category.

      In this case, there would be absolutely no way to ever know for sure where it came from.

      What is important is knowing your type, and your boyfriend being tested to find out his status. Once you know what each of you may have then you can decide what, if any, precautions you want to take with each other.

      Also an important questions is when did you get the test, and what exactly was it for? If the test was for short-term antibodies then typing is not accurate and you should be tested again. If it was for long-term antibodies and you took it right at the time that you noticed symptoms, then the typing is accurate but you likely had it before.

  16. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have a happy married life wen u know u r infected with hsv-2?
    i am getting engeged to my girlfriend soon.but i havnt told her dat i hav hsv-2.im worried dat she mite leave me.wat do i do?can v still have a happy life after marriage?can v have kids?

    • ANSWER:
      I have genital herpes. I have a happy married life.

      But then, I told my husband when we first started dating. I think that she will be more upset by the fact that you haven't told her. She will think that you were being secretive and dishonest and will likely feel betrayed that you hid something so important. You need to tell her right away. But first, you need to learn as much as you can about HSV2 so that you can answer ALL her questions acccurately.

      In other words, you need to start being super responsible about this disease.

      Yes, you can have children. In fact, if you are careful, you can probably have a wonderful sex life with your wife and never give her herpes. You'll need to never have sex when you're having an outbreak, and you'll need to use condoms when you're not having an outbreak, and you'll need to take an antiviral. if you do these three things, her chances of catching herpes from you are less than 1% per year.

      Please go to the website below and learn about herpes. Start showing your fiance that you can be a good husband - start taking care of her NOW. Learn how to protect her. That is the most important thing you can do to keep her from dumping you.

      And tell her before you have sex. Tell her soon. Otherwise, she'll definitely leave. Not because of the herpes, but because she can't trust you to tell her about things that are important.

      Good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    How bad should I feel about a one night stand with herpes?
    I have HSV and fairly new to dating w/ herpes. I dated 1 other guy since I got it (after my relationship I was in when diagnosed ended) whom I told before sex, and even though he didn't have herpes, we had a careful sexual relationship. Last weekend I met a guy. I had never slept w/ a guy on the 1st night and didn't get the vibe from him that we'd end up doing it (I thought maybe we'd just make out). 1 thing led to another, we had sex; I couldn't get the words "I have herpes" out of my mouth. We used a condom & I have no symptoms, nor have had a full outbreak since diagnosed over a year (which I remained w/ the partner I had when I got it for most of that year) ago. I went to the guy the next day & told him of my herpes. He is not happy & feels deceived & scared. I,ve been beating myself up all week. I didn't not tell him w/ intentional intent to cause harm, I didn't know what to say since I didn't know him & then it was too late. I am really stressed & feel horrible. Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      You should feel bad.. you didn't know how to tell him but you could take your pants off and let him screw you?

      That's not right, and you need to think twice before doing something like this again.

  18. QUESTION:
    How would you feel if your partner had a cold sore?
    I am very curious of this because I have dated woman that had them and I wasn't to grossed out about it. This is something that is more common than people would like to believe. It's a big difference between HPV-1 and HPV-2. My thing is if your partner had an outbreak; don't kiss and don't share drinks/food.

    Also you may want to get a test done to make sure that it's 1 and not 2.

    What are your thoughts???

    • ANSWER:
      1st of all it's HSV, not HPV - different virus

      But anyhow - not kissing (or oral) or sharing drinks/food is smart
      Glad to hear you're not over=reacting about the cold sores - some folks do & it shouldn't be a stigma....alot of folks have 1 and 2
      1 is usually of the mouth, 2 is usually of the genitals.
      Either way - most people have one or the other
      You can get either in either place!
      But with HSV 2 on the mouth - not as likely to break out much
      and HSV 1 on the genitals will have fewer outbreaks as well....mainly because it's not where it's used to living

      ***EDIT*** all you folks saying cold cores on your mouth are NOT HSV are idiots and are the reason it's so widespread......yes, go down on someone you love tonight.....IDIOTS!

  19. QUESTION:
    Is the sunburn on my lips regular blisters or herpes?
    There are two blisters, one is giant and swollen and the other is at the corner of my lips. The skin constantly gets crusty and yellowish.my lips have healed alot in a week, im just paranoid that its herpes. All the girls ive dated are prettly clean and dont have any signs of herpes.

    • ANSWER:
      It might be oral herpes. (HSV-1).

      Let me tell you why. Your description of the one in the corner of your mouth being crusty and yellowish fits the description of a healing fever blister.

      Moreover, Oral herpes is an infection of the lips, mouth, or gums due to the herpes simplex virus. It causes small, painful blisters commonly called cold sores or fever blisters. Oral herpes is also called herpes labialis.

      Some people get mouth ulcers when they first come into contact with HSV-1 virus. Others have no symptoms. Symptoms usually occur in kids between 1 and 5 years old.

      Symptoms may be mild or severe.

      They usually appear within 1-3 weeks after you come into contact with the virus. They may last up to 3 weeks.

      Warning symptoms include:

      Itching of the lips or skin around mouth
      Burning near the lips or mouth area
      Tingling near the lips or mouth area

      Before blisters appear, you may have:

      Sore throat
      Fever
      Swollen glands
      Painful swallowing

      Blisters or a rash may form on your:

      Gums
      Lips
      Mouth
      Throat

      Many blisters are called an "outbreak." You may have:

      Red blisters that break open and leak
      Small blisters filled with clear yellowish fluid
      Several smaller blisters may grow together into a large blister
      As the blister heals, it gets yellow and crusty, eventually turning into pink skin

      Symptoms may be triggered by:

      Menstruation or hormone changes
      Being out in the sun
      Fever
      Stress

      If the symptoms return later, they are usually more mild.

      Plus...you or your girlfriends could have had the virus for a long time and never showed symptoms. The virus can establish a latent infection where it hides in one of your nerves and acts like it is asleep. When it wakes up, it attacks...and that's when you have an outbreak.

  20. QUESTION:
    What are some important things to know about genital herpes?
    I met someone who recently told me they had genital herpes, I'm fine with it. But I just want to know the important aspects of the STD so I can best protect myself.
    You're stupid, get a life.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, let's deal with FACTS, which I'm sure you want to know!

      You can reduce the chances of becoming infected to just 1% PER YEAR by:
      -Her taking antiviral suppressive therapy (like acyclovir)
      -You wearing a condom
      -Avoiding sex during an outbreak and for 3-5 days after.

      Your chances of becoming infected with HSV-1 (oral herpes) via oral sex from someone who is infected but shows no symptoms is even higher, because about 80% of the people in the US have oral herpes, 56% of teens do, and by age 50, 90% test positive! FAR FEWER people have genital herpes-HSV-2!

      Now, in reality the chance of becoming infected is LESS than it would be in the regular dating world where people are NOT inclined to tell you their STD status! Further, a lot of people do have herpes--and never have any symptom whatsoever that they are infected. In fact, a friend recently learned he was infected with genital herpes--and has never had any outbreaks or symptoms whatsoever.

      There are MANY couples who have been married for 15 years or more and the partner is STILL negative for herpes!

      I'm enclosing a couple of sources for you that will shoot straight: 1) The Herpes Handbook produced by the Westover Heights STD Clinic. GREAT info on risks and prevention. NOT spam--totally free!

      The other links I'm enclosing are for Shut Up And Post, a community for those with herpes and other STDs--and partners! It is monitored by "yoshi," a US mom who has been married for over 15 years and her husband is STILL HSV-free! It's ALSO free--not spam--and you will find LOTS of people in long-term relationships and married to HSV-positive folks! There are also medical folks who drop in and answer questions for you as well.

      The first Shut Up and Post link is for the message board--sign up ANONYMOUSLY, cruise the message boards on topics you need to know, and post questions of your own...you can even send e-mails. The THIRD link is for the front page to Shut Up and Post, quick info and stories that will help answer a lot of your questions and relieve some of your reservations. Your girlfriend may find the info helpful, too!

      Hope this helps!

  21. QUESTION:
    I am looking for ladies 18-35 to date from the Dallas area who have HsV/herpes type 1 or 2?
    About me im 28 years old 5'7 blk hair blue eyes mex and white i will not post a photo but would be willing to send you some pics after i know you are a serious person. I do expect you to send me some pic's 1st if you are interested.

    • ANSWER:
      they have dating sites for people that have the same std's as you. google it. good luck

  22. QUESTION:
    If You Already Have Coldsores Are You Immune To New Infections?
    My brother gets one tiny coldsore on his upper lip about three or four times an year. You can barely notice it. He just started dating a girl that told him right away that she is HSV1 positive. HSV1 is the herpes virus that causes cold sores. My bother says it doesn't matter because since he already has a very mild case, he is immune to it. Is he right????

    • ANSWER:
      If partners have the same virus they will not reinfect each other - even on a different part of the body. So, if you have caught it on your genital from your partner’s facial cold sores, he or she will not catch the virus back on the genitals.
      If the new partner has had facial cold sores in the past and they will either have the same virus as you and be unable to catch it from you, or will have the other type (there are only two types of herpes simplex). If they have the other type and then catch you type, their symptoms will probably be slight or non-existent. This is because the antibodies they already have for 'their type' will immediately start fighting this slightly different virus while it prepares new antibodies to fight it properly. It is called having 'patrial protection'. This gives them an advantage over people who have no herpes simplex antibodies of either type. An antibody (blood test) might show that this is the case.

      There are eight human herpesviruses. (Medical texts refer to herpesvirus as one word.) Also, every animal species that has been investigated also has its own herpesvirus. What these viruses all have in common is the ability to hide out in the body without causing symptoms, and then reappear at a later date. The human herpesvirus family includes:

      1. herpes simplex virus type 1 (cold sores and whitlows on fingers and hands, also half new cases of genital herpes)
      2. herpes simplex virus type 2 (genital sores, also sometimes cold sores and whitlows)
      Only 2 herpes simplex Hsv 1 and Hsv 2

      The other viruses caught quite different illnesses. These are:

      3. varicella-zoster virus (also called herpes varicella/chickenpox and herpes zoster/shingles)
      4. Epstein Barr virus (often abbreviated to EBV)
      5. cytomegalovirus (CMV)
      6. human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6)
      7. human herpesvirus 7 (HHV7)
      8. human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8 or it can be called KSHV - see below)

      You do not spread the virus to other parts of your own body after the first episode. Even in new cases the infection is usually limited to one part of the body. Some people will catch it in two places, for instance they may get it on their hands as well since hands can be involved in sexual activitiy. This is called a whitlow. If you have caught it in more than one place, you will notice the symptoms during your first outbreak.

  23. QUESTION:
    How easily is herpes passed through oral sex?
    Recently I was diagnosed as having hsv 2 genital herpes. I have also started dating this girl that I really like. She knows I have herpes and is fine with it, but she only wants to have oral sex. What are the chances of her catching it from me by her giving me oral sex?

    Note: that I am also on daily suppressive therapy

    • ANSWER:
      Cebleem is correct.

      Yes, there is a smal lrisk your partner can contract oral hsv-2. No thorough study has been performed, but it is thought that 2-5% of oral herpes infections are actually hsv-2.

      Having hsv-1 orally already, as 60-80% of adults do, would greatly reduce her chances of catching it. Some herpes specialists believe that hsv-1 prior infection reduces the chance of getting hsv-2 elsewhere by 50%. In addition, in lab tests it proved highly difficult to infect the same nerve ganglion with a second herpes virus, once the dominant one for that are (hsv-1) was already present. However, it can happen. But, since hsv-2 is a much weaker virus orally than hsv-1, it is unlieky that your partner would be aware of the infection or notice increased symptoms.

      But yes, there is a risk of her catching it orally - less than catching it genitally, but still there - probably less than 2% a year (a stat often quoted for transmission of genital hsv-2 to a partner's genitals when protection and suppressive therapy are used).

      However, if she did catch hsv-2 orally, hsv-2 is not very happy infecting the mouth, it is far better adapted to the genitals.

      What this means in practice is that an oral hsv-2 infection is likely to NEVER cause a second outbreak, and is infectious far less than 0.1% of the time ever, so is not likely to ever be passed on to a partner.

      The mouth is also less susceptible than the female genitals, just as women's genitals are more susceptible to herpes infection than mens. I caught oral herpes, hsv-1, genitally from a partner that had it orally. I was with him seven years, and probably kissed him near daily apart from when he had a sore, but I never caught it on the mouth. The night I caught it, we kissed a lot and only had oral sex briefly, yet it was on the genitals I caught it. The mouth is less likely to become infected.

      If you really like this girl, I hope she comes to terms with it and is prepared to have a full relationship in time because I could not stay with someone long term who would not have intercourse with me because I have herpes.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can we kiss if we both have cold sores? And what would you do?
    1)I'm currently learning about HSV-1. I'm wondering if I have cold sores and my partner does too(In mouth) is it okay if we kiss? Would anything happen?

    2)Also the second part of my question is if you found someone you really love and dated her for over 5 years in a really nice relationship. Would you kiss her if she has cold sores in her mouth so you could kiss her all you want when cold sores happen?

    3)Would you break up with your long relationship partner due to cold sores and the limit of kissing you get?

    Thank you=)

    • ANSWER:
      If you and your partner both have cold sores it would not be a good idea to kiss until they are healed. You might both have different strains of the disease, therefore cross-contaminating each other. This could make the cold sores worse, plus kissing could spread them further around the lips.

      2) If I had been in a relationship with someone for 5 years, I would wait until the cold sores healed before kissing again. If I was infected, I would not want to spread the cold sores to my partner.

      3) I would not break up, I would think that after being together, you would love your partner for more than her kisses and holding back on kisses would not be the end of relationship.

      P.S. when there are cold sores it is also a bad idea to engage in oral sex, even if it is only HSV-1, it can be transmitted to the genital area, therefore giving you or your partner genital herpes. Even when all symptoms of cold sores have cleared up around the mouth it is still possible to spread the disease, always use caution for any types of sexual activity.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for me to have an std but my partner to not?
    Well me and my girlfriend have been dating 9 months now, and we have had intercourse numerous occasions, her being on birth control I have ejaculated in her several occasions aswell,sorry for the TMI, she was recently tested for everything and nothing came up, does that mean I'm in the clear as well? I plan on joinin the service,( army ) and I was worried.

    • ANSWER:
      In the clear? Yes on counts of HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphillis (I'd imagine these are what she was tested for).

      HSV-2 (Herpes Simplex) is virutally impossible to test for. It requires a specialized test that wouldn't even be able to determine the strain of herpes (ie. cold sore vs. genital herpes) and so they often do not test for it unless sores are present. Of course, if the sores are present genitally, this confirms HSV-2. If you've never had sores, and your girlfriend has never had sores, it's unlikely (but not impossible) that one or both of you might have it. 1 in 5 people in the US has HSV-2.

      HPV (genital warts) is something else they don't test for. This is often found, however, through an abnormal pap smear for a woman. In men, I am not sure how they diagnose it, or if they even bother trying. It is, after all a disease that effects women more profoundly as it is a cause of cervical cancer. Most people who have HPV never have actual visible gential warts, tehy are just carriers of the virus. One half of the people in this country have HPV.

  26. QUESTION:
    how to avoid herpes from a possible date?
    hi all,
    here is my question, Im about to date this girl and she has told me that she has herpes (hsv 1) in the genital area.She has told me also that the doctor has asked her to avoid sex during breakouts, so as to stop infecting others..so what are the chances that i will be infected when kissing? and during intercourse? plase adivce..thanks

    • ANSWER:
      80% of people have herpes simplex 1 and 30% have herpes simplex 2. If she is on suppressive MDS (like valtrex) you won't catch it. You're very lucky she is mature enough and responsible enough to know and to tell you. Most people with it don't know and won't tell you

      with kissing -if she only has HSV on her genitals you can't get it from kissing. if she has HSV on her mouth too then just don't kiss when she has a cold sore

  27. QUESTION:
    When should you tell a love interest/date that you have herpes (HSV-1 genital)?
    In a perfect world I would tell them right away. I don't like spending money, time, and effort on dates that would otherwise be fine (without the potential deal breaker). I don't want everyone knowing I have herpes though, a first date isn't always trust worthy. But I don't want to be invested in someone just for it to end when I tell them I have herpes.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't have to tell them on the first date. If there is a second or third date and you want to get intimate with this person then you should have a talk with them and tell them. Let them know that you want to take things slowly and get to know them. If all they want is sex then move on.
      Telling some one that info on a first date is a sure way to put lot of guys off, not every one can deal with a partner that has herpes.
      Not every relationship would end when you tell some one. There are people out there that would accept you and love you no matter what. A good person would want to stay with you and work things out. It may take a while to find that person but it's possible.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are chances of giving hsv1 from this?
    Eating food and sucking your fingers and then giving someone a piece of bread. What are the chance of getting hsv1 like that.

    • ANSWER:
      50 : 50.
      HSV-1 is the most commonly acquired form of herpes and is typically spread through a social kiss such as that of a family member. Due to the lack of immune response in children, new HSV-1 infections typically occur in childhood.
      Update: "Recent research indicates that HSV 1 is probably not more easily acquired than HSV 2. And now, the average age of acquisition of HSV 1 is in the teens, rather than childhood" according to a licensed healthcare provider.

      By the time that child reaches adulthood, they will be one of 50% of American’s living with HSV-1. By the time a person reaches the age of 50, they will be one of 80-90% of those who carry HSV-1.

      Both types (hsv1 & hsv2) are most contagious during active outbreaks, however they can be transmitted during times of viral shedding, when no symptoms of an outbreak are present. HSV-1 is shed into the saliva and is likely coming from the mucosa inside the mouth and on the lips, approximately 18% of the days on average, of asymptomatic days, in the person who has intermittent cold sores, when measured by PCR. To date there is no way of possibly knowing when shedding is occurring without the constant supervision of trained researchers.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me stats on possibility of transmission for a genital outbreak of HSV-1 please?
    I have been recently diagnosed with having HSV-1 in my genital area. I got it from my ex who failed to mention he got cold sores. I am out on the dating scene again and want to know my chances (in percentages preferably) of passing it on to others. I have read all sorts of contradicting literature and want to set the record straight. Please and thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      You have to tell anyone you get involved with that you have an STD. You can easily pass that on and your partner needs to know BEFORE you do anything.

  30. QUESTION:
    When and how do you let your husband know if you have herpes?
    Do you let him know upfront when you first started dating? Before your 1st kiss? Before being intimate with each other? Or after he says "I do?'
    It's not for me. My friend was wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking about genital herpes...NOT telling your potential husband could actually land you with a lawsuit or worse.

      Letting a potential partner know that you are infected beforehand might be hard...but it is the correct and honest thing to do. This shows your partner that you have respect for him/her. It shows you respect his/her health etc. and it gives him/her a choice as to whether to be in a relationship with you or not.

      One good thing to do is to offer information that shows that being with a partner that is infected with herpes is not the end of the world. While there is no treatment that can cure herpes, there are antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.

      It should also be remembered that all herpes viruses establish a latent (dormant) infection that lasts a lifetime. Boosting the immune system in order to reduce the numbers of latent virus in the system is essential to lessening the risk of outbreaks for both oral and genital herpes.

      To learn more about an all-natural herpes remedy that boosts the immune system against the latent herpes virus, click the link below:

      http://gene-eden-kill-virus.com/HSV.php

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you tell someone about an STD?
    A friend of mine was diagnosed with herpes, and she just got into a serious relationship. She really wants to tell her mate about it, but she doesn't have the courage to do so. She cares for him very much, but she doesn't want to lose him, or hurt him. What should she do?

    • ANSWER:
      have HSV1 and 2 and don't know how i contracted it. However, I told my husband even before we were dating. He is okay with it. Don't get hurt if he steps back. It means, he doesn't want to deal with it. He isn't serious with you and he can't take you seriously but he takes your matter seriously. If he doesn't know what HSV is, explain to him. For example, can't have unprotected sex while having outbreak but it can't kill, just annoying. painful and itchy. It's not curable and it will be with the person for the rest of the life but it's treatable.
      The only time you have to avoid sexual activities is when you have lesion/sore or early warning symptoms. Then you should avoid rubbing, touching skin to skin contact with that area, touching the sore and touching yourself or your bf without washing hands, sexual intercourse. Sometimes, you have herpes where condoms can't reach to cover up and this will infect the skin. I have HSV1, 2 and HPV for 6 years. still able to live normal life. sometimes i am depressed when there is lesion or outbreaks but after they are healed, i forget about it and live normally again. so, i wouldn't think it's impacting one's life in a serious way. or do not let it impact your life (in this case i am talking about your friend). so, try to explain to her that

      1. do not have sex and sex activities such as rubbing, touching skin to skin contact when you are having outbreak, lesion, early warning symptoms
      2. You can reduce the duration of outbreak and frequency of outbreak by taking antiviral medications and in addition, you can take some medication for pain(from the sores) along with it. Ask your Gyn Doctor.
      3. you can live normally.
      4. you can marry and have baby (discuss with your partner and let him know before marrying or dating)
      5. c-section is available for pregnant women with lesion/outbreak at the time of delivery. (recurrent herpes)
      6. Do not touch the sore and touch other parts of the body. It can be reinfected to the other parts of the body.
      7. Don't let your immune system down. Stress, depression, lack of vitamins can trigger recurrent outbreaks. so, take vitamins, eat healthy food to maintain your health.
      for more information, Remember, you aren't alone!

      Visit to the link below and it has all kinds of herpes information.

      Choose some good words to start and explain her bf in persuasive way.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is having sex with a condom risky?
    I used to date this girl last year and we hang out every so often and dometimes we have sex. She just had a baby but is their a high risk of getting an STD if you don't kiss her and you use protection.

    • ANSWER:
      Having sex period is risky.
      Kissing doesn't really put you at risk for anything except cold sores, which yes is a form of herpes, hsv-1. But many people get that from the time they are kids from relatives kissing them.
      Condoms will not protect you from genital herpes or hpv (warts) because it doesn't cover every area of skin.

  33. QUESTION:
    I dated a man who had what I feel now to be a genital wart ?
    I quit dating him and never got anything. That was 18 years ago. but we have reconnected and have not had sex. He is 67 an I am 54. He and I both occasionally have herpes 1 on our lip. I'm scared to have sex and embarrassed to ask him about the what I feel to be a wart. Does age lessen the transmission possibility?

    • ANSWER:
      1. GENITAL WARTS AND HERPES ARE NOT THE SAME THING, they're all caused by virus yet by different types. and they're not related to each other.

      2. Herpes virus (aka: HSV) can cause bumps on your lips or genital area. But the one that causes bumps on your lips are not the same strain compare to the one that can cause genital herpes. So you CAN NOT determine if a person has genital herpes or not by looking at their lips.

      3. At people ages, the immuse system level will decline, therefore a virus that a person acquired at earily stages may be re-occuring due to not enough interleukin are produced by your body to supress the virus.

      4. But the fact to the matter is, the longer you remain wart-free and, or herpes-free, the less likely you can pass it on to another person, because most people can clear the virus eventually.

      DON'T BE PARANOID OR OVERTHINKING, ENJOY YOUR DAYS, IF YOU LIKE HIM, GO FOR IT, IT'S NOT LIKE YOU'RE STILL 20 AND HAVE A LOTS OF GOOD MEN TO CHOOSE FROM, TAKE WHATEVER GOD OFFER YOU AS YOU MAY SATISFY.

  34. QUESTION:
    My partner has genital herpes and i dont, is there anyway we can have a baby without me getting herpes?
    I know for a fact that i do not have it.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been married for 15 years now to a man who had only one other sexual partner. We have two children and he has never shown any symptoms of hsv. I was entirely honest with him, and we waited until a month before our wedding to consumate the relationship. That was my choice, I wanted him to be free of hsv in case we broke up - I didn't want to deal with the guilt.

      Though I was open with him, I told him in the dark so I wouldn't have to see his expression. He thought about it (I don't even remember if is answer was immediate or not), and said that it didn't matter. I feared the answer to many other questions about whether he meant he didn't need sex; how we would get pregnant if we used condoms; and even wondered if he knew something I didn't. I called myself 'damaged goods'. I also hoped he would research the topic before consumating the relationship. I am sure he did, as he is a VERY smart man.

      You see, as emotionally painful as finding out I had hsv was, it was actually a blessing for me in the end. I was living life for the now, and unable to make a committment to marriage until this vd caused me to sit down and be honest with myself about my values and what I wanted out of life. I was twenty five or so and still single, moving from one long term relationship to another... all ending the same way. I entered counseling and reevaluated what was really important in a relationship. I haven't slept around, but was under the false impression that men who had had many encounters were sexy... I wish someone had told me about the statistics.

      One thing that was truly wonderful, was that when he told me it didn't matter to him, I knew in my heart that this relationship would be FOREVER. No cheating, no divorce, no dating again, or remarriage.... that was one loving committment he made to me. He is truly the man of my dreams (and logic).

      As people get older, our systems build up immunity to hsv and we find ourselves with less outbreaks. (How many elderly people do you see with cold-sores?) I am 43 now and get one outbreak a year, if even that. My hubby has never had an outbreak, but I'm sure he has to be a carrier of it. (You could already be a carrier -scary as it sounds.) A carrier is someone who carries and sheds the virus, is contagious, yet has no outbreaks. If you have had sex with four or more people (especially if those people have had multiple sex partners), you are testing the your luck. The statistics show that- 25-35% have it, and it's only getting higher.

      At first I took acyclovir (that's all there was back them) faithfully to try to avoid transmission, but my sweetie told me to quit taking it after a couple of months. After a couple of months he said that if he was going to get it, just let it happen.

      Like I said, we have two beautiful children (who by the way will be more resistant to the virus since theyy have acquired my antibodies to hsv while in the womb) and have unprotected sex. Hsv does not cause cancer, it's HPV that you should worry about, and MOST strains of this one are asymptomatic, and the patient doesn't know they have it until they get an abnormal pap smear.

      Many of my questions were answered in time. He has an incredible sex drive and our bedroom activities ARE important to both of us.

      Good luck - I truly wish you the very best.
      (We are both well educated professionals

      P.S. Hi- It's me again. I forgot to tell you something. There are two types of the virus and you can get either one in either place. I already had Type 1 (oral), but when Type 2 entered my body, I developed flu-like symptoms along with the outbreak. I also remember some point in the first year that my husband developed flu-like symptoms. I told him that it could be hsv, and he just told me to stop worrying. But even then, he didn't have an outbreak and never has had.

      Also, the only time hsv can cause serious birth defects is when someone contracts the virus in the late stages of pregnancy. I had two c-sections, but for other reasons though. It actually was a relief to me- just out of caution.

      Keep me posted. If you marry him, I hope he truly is the man of your dreams.

  35. QUESTION:
    If you already have coldsores, are you immune to new infections?
    My brother gets one tiny coldsore on his upper lip about three or four times an year. You can barely notice it. He just started dating a girl that told him right away that she is HSV1 positive. HSV1 is the herpes virus that causes cold sores. My bother says it doesn't matter because since he already has a very mild case, he is immune to it. Is he right????

    • ANSWER:
      That is correct. Once you have a particular strain of HSV, you aren't going to get it again. But to be sure, they should both do a strain specific blood test so they know they both have HSV-1, and not HSV-2.

      If you have HSV-1, you can additionally catch HSV-2.
      If you have HSV-2, you cannot get HSV-1 unless something is seriously wrong with your immune system. Yes, it's weird like that.

  36. QUESTION:
    is it possible to get herpes from someone who gets cold sores but didnt have an outbreak?
    i dated a guy about a year ago and he got cold sores from time to time and when he had them i would never even kiss him. but now i have sores on my genitals and my doctor says they look just like herpes. is it possible for him to have given me the herpes simplex virus by performing oral sex on my when he didn't have an outbreak?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes 1 (HSV-1) is usually mild, especially when it infects the lips, face, or genitals. (Herpes 1 is "cold sores")
      It is contagious during active outbreaks, but is often spread through viral shedding when there are no recognizable symptoms.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is the Salient Difference In the Physical Presentation Between ALS and MS, Motor Only vs Motor + Sensory?

    Thanks.*., Are Fasciculations Considered UMN?
    Thanks junk, ALS has a Genetic Component, Perhaps a "Hole In the Repitoire (Sp?)" Thing.
    Al, Hearing and Trigeminal Neuralgia Are Sensory.
    Thanks Marie, I was Thinking In Terms of Motor Units.
    Thanks Very Much RM.
    Hey RM, With ALS, Do you Happen to Know the Ratio of Schawn Cells to Oligodendrocytes? That Acyclovir Appears to Be Effective In Bell's, Suggest HSV-1, HSV-2 or VZV.
    RM, This is One Questionable Study:

    Effects of acyclovir on facial nerve paralysis induced by herpes simplex virus type 1 in mice.

    PubMedID: 12589842
    Published: 2/18/2003
    Journal: Auris Nasus Larynx
    Author(s): Takahashi Hirotaka, Hato Naohito, Honda Nobimitsu, Kisaki Hisanobu, Wakisaka Hiroyuki, Matsumoto Shuichi, Gyo Kiyofimi
    Institute: Department of Otolaryngology, Ehime University School of Medicine, Ehime, Shigenobu-cho, Onsen-gun, Ehime 791-0925, Japan. h-tanaka@excite.co.jp
    Abstract: OBJECTIVES: Bell's palsy has recently been claimed to be caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection. The anti-viral agent acyclovir is a specific inhibitor of herpesvirus replication, and the most effective agent for the treatment herpesvirus infection. The purpose of this experiment was to assess the effect of acyclovir on the facial nerve paralysis included by HSV-1 infection.
    CONCLUSIONS: Administration of acyclovir before the paralysis reduced the incidence and duration of facial nerve paralysis. Administration of acyclovir after the paralysis improved the duration of facial nerve paralysis.
    METHODS: We succeeded in producing an animal model of acute and transient facial nerve paralysis induced with HSV-1 neuritis simulating human Bell's palsy. In this study, acyclovir administration was performed before and after facial nerve paralysis, and continued for 5 days. Controls were given phosphate-buffer saline (PBS) instead of acyclovir, and the incidence and duration of facial nerve paralysis was compared in the acyclovir groups and controls. RESULTS: The incidence of facial nerve paralysis was significantly lower in the group given acyclovir before the paralysis than in the controls, and the duration of facial nerve paralysis was shorter.
    Thanks K.
    RM, Yeah, Probably too Late, the Damage was Already Done.

    • ANSWER:
      Some very comprehensive answers, already. I just wanted to add something regarding a comment, obstensibly, indicating a lack of causal link between Bell's Palsy and HSV-1, as well as the efficacy of aciclovir for this condition.

      There is a SH!T load of evidence linking Bell's to HSV-1. The earliest study I found dates back to 1981:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6258547?ordinalpos=51&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

      Key in "Bell's Palsy" and "HSV" into PubMed or Medline and all will be revealed.

      It appears fairly obvious that if aciclovir efficaciously treats HSV-1 and HSV-1 is implicated in Bell's Palsy, then, well, this kinda counts as pretty heavy evidence (I mean, in addition to scads of demonstrating studies) that HSV-1 may lie behind Bell's Palsy.

      One needs to read empirical works with a mind towards methodology and design, of course, differences and similarities between statistical significance, conjectural hypothesis, and logic adapted from a series of readings on a topic. But, one also must use logic to decipher implications of significant findings, as well.

      EDIT: Obviously, guanosine analogue antiviral drugs do not have a regenerative mechanism. Treatment with a seven-day course of acyclovir or valacyclovir (and a tapering course of prednisone), initiated within three days of the onset of symptoms, is recommended to reduce the time to full recovery and increase the likelihood of complete recuperation. Aciclovir is effective IF dx'ed in an efficient, expedient manner--herein lies any perceived problem to do with "efficacy".

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17956069?ordinalpos=14&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

      EDIT 2: Thanx for the edit, RM :-) .

      Aciclovir can and does work when HSV-1 is the culprit and IF dx'ed in time. Of course, when Bell's Palsy is caused by others organisms, like, M. Pneumoniae, it will not work:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14576947?ordinalpos=2&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

      Just a side note: scientists don't use the word, "proven", ever, in any aspect of a real, peer-reviewed empirical paper. Effects are also (hopefully, causally) demonstrated within (typically) 95% confidence intervals. Nothing is "definitive". With all due respect, I question whether you know what "hard evidence" is. Please excuse me if this is, at least, wholely incorrect.

      EDIT 3: RM: How about the abstract mdGreg C posted above? This is clearly one example of work which demonstrates and delineates significant findings.

      I apologize RM if I appeared as a mudslinger. Please excuse me. But, the literature speaks for itself and I couldn't ascertain why you couldn't (and, can't) see this--I thought and still think your previous edit provided some clues.

      You certainly have a sh!t load more knowledge than I do, regarding medicine though. I've always enjoyed and learned by reading any answers I've seen in this forum.

      BTW: "Mudslinger?"--I don't think I've ever heard anyone use that term where I live. I like it.

      EDIT 4: RM, I am not basing my statements on any one study. That wouldn't be wise, would it? MdGreg C's study shows that when HSV-1 causes Bell's Palsy, aciclovir *can* be effective. Of course, replication in humans is needed.

      If you look at studies blindly, RM, without employing logic or without adequate knowledge of methodology, sure, it appears that there is no "definitive" causative agent in Bell's and that aciclovir doesn't always work. The fact is, there IS no one cause of Bell's Palsy. The reason that aciclovir can not be *wholey* effective is that Bell's Palsy can be caused by many organisms; even bacteria (see the journal, "med hypotheses"). These are not susceptible to aciclovir. Obviously. The other reason that aciclovir can not be *wholely* effective is that it won't be if it is not diagnosed correctly, the specific organism is not identified, and, all in a timely manner by MD's. When the organism causing Bell's Palsy is HSV, aciclovir IS effective. One needs to know what is causing it. If there is a study containing subjects without HSV or VZV, well, not really a big surprise that aciclovir will not be effective.

      Here are a couple studies where the organism identified as HSV did respond to aciclovir:

      "Antiviral agents may also be effective in treatment of Bell's palsy; HSV is susceptible to acyclovir and related agents". Logic:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11096766?ordinalpos=8&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

      "...11 out of 38 cases (= 29%) were probably infectious in origin, whereby 6 cases were due to Borrelia burgdorferi, 4 to Varicella zoster virus (VZV) and 1 to Herpes simplex virus (HSV), as determined by elevation of antibody titre or presence of specific IgM. Patients with a significant serological finding were treated with ceftriaxon or tetracycline for borreliosis or with acyclovir for VZV or HSV infection. Altogether, in 36 of the 38 cases a full recovery was seen at the last follow-up investigation.". When treatment is catered to organism, well, only then can treatment be efficacious.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8273359?ordinalpos=12&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

      If a study does not determine the organism and haphazardly administers aciclovir to those with Borrelia, for instance, yup, probably not going to be effective. The conclusion? Aciclovir is not effective for Bell's Palsy. Kind of a lie, really, given that the methodology is crap. See, many of these studies lump subjects together no matter what is causing the paralysis, then, conclude that whatever treatment was employed was not or was effective under a hypothesis that ALL Bell's is attributable to one organism. This is where one needs to have knowledge of methodology and statistics to cut through the crap. Logical inference helps, as well.

      I suspect you may be more concerned about being correct than the truth. There is only so many ways I can explain this without the conversation becoming vapid and repetitive ;-) . Perhaps we can agree to disagree, at this point? :-) ;-) .

  38. QUESTION:
    What has your experience with hsv 2 been?
    If you have it, know someone who has, or have a story about how you contracted it, I'd appreciate your sharing. Looking for positive stories as well as rough times.

    • ANSWER:
      I have HSV2. I do not know exactly how i contracted but I think i got it from my ex. When i spoke to him about it, he said he got it from me because it was the first time after dating with me that he got sores. I never had HSV1 and when we were dating, he had HSV1 outbreak. He also had several gfs before me. I only had one before him and never experienced such pain and sore until i had unprotected sex with my ex. It was so painful and itchy. First, i didn't know. I had no knowledge about HSV 1 or 2 or zoster or anything like that. I shaved hair once and i had a cut because of it and i thought it was the cut wound. But really painful and when the blisters broke, it was so painful that i couldn't walk normally. after the primary infection, it didn't come back for several months so that i wasn't paying much attention to know what that was. but when it recurrent, i also thought it was just nothing. My college speech classmate did informative speech about Herpes Simplex virus 1 and 2 and that's when i started getting attention on myself of this. When it outbroke, i went to the doctor and she said "no, it's not herpes because the blisters were broken and only open wound left there." i was worried but after she said no, i kind of feel relieving. In 2004, i had an outbreak and i was in Michigan at that time. I wanted to make sure again whether it is Genital Herpes or not, so, the doctor checked it again and he said yes, it is herpes but if you want to make sure, get tested. So, i had blood tests and confirmed i have both HSV1 and 2 but 1 never appears until now.
      I was really devestated but i have to live with it. Since 2004, i started taking valtrex500mg once a day. but when i went back to NY, my ob/gyn said do not take it for a long time. Just take vitamins everyday because these antivirals aren't good for your kidneys and livers. So, i only take it when it outbreaks, 3000mg per day. 2 of 500mg, 3 times a day. and in 2 days it's healed. Now i am married and pregnant. 33 weeks now. 4 days ago, i had outbreak again after long time without having outbreak. it was the worst after the primary infection and doc said i had 4-5 ulcers. So, he prescribed me Acyclovir and i am taking it now. I feel very depressed when i have outbreak. I feel guilty, furious and do not want to have it if it is possible but i know it's very much impossible and i have to live with it for the rest of my life. I had no knowlege, i was dumb and didn't use condom. The lesson i have got it huge but not the end of the world. I sometimes think it's better than contracting HIV but not less than not having any STDs. Thank god that i have a husband who understands me a lot. I sometimes feel sad because i may give him this disease. He didn't have but i am not sure if he has it now or not. I told him that he will have it sometimes in his lifetime if we are still together. He said it's okay. Now, i have to worry about not passing this to my infant when i give birth and my husband. It's not easy to think and i am very stress out.
      For those of you who do not have this, please always use condoms when having sex, even oral or rubbing etc, always be careful. Some do have knowlege but some don't. Don't be promiscuous.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can you spread hsv 1 from your mouth to other areas of your own body?
    i was wondering if i touched my lip which has cold sores, and then touched my penis without washing my hands first, could i spread it down there? i hope the answer is no because that would suck. also this is my second outbreak, my first was a little over a year ago. i only seem to get them after i go to the dentist.....so can i spread it to other parts of my own body? also i'm on some medication called acyclovir to make it go away

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is possiable.

      Also, there are many online communities for you to find support and dating! I recommend you to read the STD inspirational stories on the largest STD support and dating site STDpal. com. Hope that you find the stories helpful and informative.

  40. QUESTION:
    If you get herpes type 2 is it forever? Or could it just be type 1?
    Well my girlfriend got herpes down on her vagina and she swearer to god that her doctor says that its just type 1 and not type 2, i don't really know much but i think she is lying to me....can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Not quite sure why you would think she is lying to you - it is both easy and common to get type 1 on your genitals.

      Both herpes type 1 (hsv-1) and herpes type 2 (hsv-2) are for the rest of your life.

      The symptoms of both viruses are identical - contrary to common opinion, neither one is more severe than the other.

      The ONLY difference between them is that each is 'better adapted' to one particular part of the body - type 2 is better adapted to the genitals and type 1 to the mouth.

      That doesn't mean that you can't get each virus in the other place - it is easy to get type 1 on your genitals, for instance - but it DOES mean that if the virus is in the area it is less well adapted to, it will cause fewer outbreaks and is easier for your immune system to control.

      For instance, if you get type 2 on your genitals, it will cause about 6 outbreaks a year, but if you catch type 1 there, it is less well adapted to the genitals so only causes about 1 outbreak every 2 years, on average. The severity of the outbreaks will be the same whichever virus causes them.

      About 95% of oral herpes (cold sores) is caused by type 1. Only 5% are type 2.

      About 30-50% of new genital herpes infections in young women are type 2

      50-70% of new genital infections in women are type 1.

      About 70% of adults have type 1 - on their mouths. Some of these people get visible outbreaks - cold sores. Many don't have any symptoms.

      If a person who has oral herpes performs oral sex, their partner can catch genital herpes type 1, even if they have no cold sore at the time, and even if they never remember having one.

      Genital herpes type 1 usually shows symptoms about 3-7 days after initial exposure, though it can be longer. Not sure if she is suggesting she got it from you, but if you gave her oral sex at some point and she is experiencing a primary outbreak, then you could be the source.

      I have genital herpes type 1. My boyfriend had a history of occasional 'cold sores' dating back to childhood. He gave me oral sex, and I ended up with genital hsv-1. He had no cold sore when he infected me, and hadn't had one in a long time.

      On the plus side, genital hsv-1 is FAR less infectious than genital hsv-2 (about a quarter). It is also far less infectious than type 1 on the mouth that so many people carry. Anybody who knows they have type 1 on the mouth, or has ever experienced a cold sore, is highly unlikely to catch hsv-1 from a person who has it genitally, since they already produce antibodies to the virus.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can you spread Herpes with your fingers?
    I touched my cold sore slightly and then touched my girlfriend down her private parts.
    (I did have cold sore cream on my lips at the time)

    Could I have spread the virus and gave her herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      hi,you should know the transmission of Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.I am a memeber of hloving.com,An old STD dating site.You can trust me and email me!

      And hope what I showed be helpful.

  42. QUESTION:
    Would you rather find out your girlfriend had an abortion of HSV-1 (oral herpes) genitally?
    My friends and I are drunk and playing Would You Rather. Please help me win!
    Real question: Would you rather find out your girlfriend had an abortion OR HSV-1 (oral herpes) genitally?

    • ANSWER:
      I never dated women who were "dirty" enough for those to be her only two options!

  43. QUESTION:
    What is your genital herpes symptoms?
    For you all who has genital herpes and got your true first outbreak (means you didnt have HSV-1 and HSV-2 antibodies beforehand). How painful/severe was the symptom, how long, and what were the recurrences like? How long before the recurrences gets less? Did you have to be hospitalized/off from work?

    I'm dating a girl with herpes and would like to know if I got it how it feels like......

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a girl and I have genital hsv-1

      The first outbreak...
      A couple of days after I was exposed to the virus, I started getting a bit sore down below. I though I had a yeast infection, but it got worse and I felt very uncomfortable and the glands in my groin got swollen. I had what looked like a sore patch at the entrance to my vagina, like a cut, but I never had a single blister. So I went to the doctor and she told me it looked like herpes and did a swab. They gave me valtrex to take. It never got any worse visually than that, I didn't develop any blisters though I had a slight pink rash. I did have abdominal discomfort though, but not pain. I did feel very sore down below, but it wasn't agony or anything. The worst thing was I felt like I had the flu - I had a high fever and felt ill. That worse bit lasted a couple of days, about 8 days after I was first exposed. In total my symptoms from the very first sign lasted about 11 days - but only 2 or 3 of those were bad, and mostly because I was trying to get my head round having herpes and I had a fever.

      At first I got recurrent outbreaks once a month, but for the first six months I never had blisters, just 'cuts' like some people can get. They were so mild I often didn't notice them until I was healing, and were't painful or anything, at most a tiny bit sore - and very small, maybe the size of a small pea at most.

      For the first few months the virus felt active - I would get prodrome, tingles etc, every few days. But I never get it now. About 4 months after I got it I got my first outbreak with blisters, and now it is always a small cluster of blisters, sometimes one, normally 3. The longest recurrence I've had lasted 4 days, often they last less than a day and the blsters never even appear. The worst recurrence I had was when I was very run don, about a year after I first got it, and I had the fever again and felt really ill, but the physical symptoms weren't any worse. I still often down realise I'm having an outbreak until it is halfway through - at the worst it feels like a sore ingrown hair, and the sore bit lasts 24 hours max. I can honestly say I have never found it painful, just uncomfortable.

      And obviously it can leave you feeling a bit low on the self esteem front when you're having an outbreak. The psychological part os harder to deal with. Physically, like I said, I find having a yeast infeciton far worse than a herpes outbreak.

      As to recurrences, that really is individual, and I know that for someone that has hsv-1 I have been unlucky. My sister also has it and went for six years after her first outbreak without getting one, but although I have gone for six months without one, since I then get them several months in a row I guess I average about 6 a year. I think now this is mainly because I get one when I'm fighting off a cold, I get an outbreak even if the cold doesn't develop. Unfortunately, because I work with the public every day, I am constantly getting colds, or starting with them, so I'm aleways getting outbreaks. That is the only trigger for me now - no codl, no outbreak. I've had it 2 years and I do think I am getting less outbreaks now.

      I don't take any meds, or painkillers, I've never seen the big deal with it. The only time I've been off work with it was my first outbreak.

  44. QUESTION:
    Would someone who has fewer outbreaks of gential herpes have a smaller chance of spreading the virus?
    i just found out today that i got hsv-2, im really upset about it at the moment im keeping my distance from everyone and collecting as much info as i can on it so if anyone can help i would be truly grateful

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, i just thought i would let you know that there is hope. You don't need to use condoms for the rest of your life, and you do not need to keep your distance.

      My partner was diagnosed with HSV2, 2 weeks after we began dating, as i asked him to get a STD check. We used protection and he used an antiviral medication. (which we now do not use)

      Now years later we are engaged and pregnant. We decided that since we are going to be together for the rest of our lives and we wanted children what was the point of using condoms. hence the pregnancy. I accepted the fact that i had a real risk of contracting HSV2, and i had to come to terms with that.

      I just recently found out that i have not yet contracted HSV2. The doctor thinks its because A) he doesn't have any outbreaks and B) he probably has had HSV2 for many years which means the shedding period (the contagious bit without symptoms) is a lot less.

      HSV2 is not a death sentence. And infact 1 in 5 people have it. Just the majority of people don't actually know they have it !!!
      Cheer up, its not the end of the world i promise :)

  45. QUESTION:
    What two types of herpes do I have?
    I've always gotten sores inside my mouth if I get stressed out and eat too much sugar, ever since I can remember. But since I've gotten with this new guy, I've gotten sores ON MY LIP, which has never happened before. Apparently, he has herpes.

    So what two types of herpes do I have?

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1

      Having herpes is not such a major problem as contracting HIV or HPV however in the dating game herpes is still a very difficult scenario to deal with. HerpesSupport.net is designed especially for people who are suffering from any form of STD so that they can find others just like them. Not only will you find like minded people on this HIV, HPV and herpes dating site but you may just find the partner of your dreams.

  46. QUESTION:
    i dated this girl about 10 months ago for 2-3 weeks and found out months ago she had herpes. i only would kiss?
    her lightly / pecking and hardly ever would get close to making out. I have not had any symptoms yet. Do you think i have HPV-1?

    • ANSWER:
      First, HPV is genital warts. HSV is herpes.

      Also, oral herpes is very very common. 50% to 80% of adults have it. It's usually caught in childhood from kissing relatives and it is NOT an STD. If you don't have it already, then you'll catch it eventually (if you live long enough.) Did you catch it from her? Who knows? Maybe, Maybe not. Not a big deal, either way.

      Since herpes is spread through skin-to-skin contact and, as I understand it, your genitals never came in contact with either her mouth or her genitals, there is NO WAY that you could have caught genital herpes from her.

  47. QUESTION:
    Has anyone experienced having a child with a herpes breakout?
    did the child have any serious effects?
    I am pregnant, but so is my best friend, she is due any day now and has had a recent active breakout and scared of a c-section.

    • ANSWER:
      Whatever you do, NEVER deliver a child vaginally if you think you may have a breakout or recent breakout of genital herpes. The most debilitating side-effect of vaginal birth on the baby being inoculation of the eyes with the herpes virus. This can and will cause permanent blindness in the baby. Other infections it can cause are:
      Localized infections of the skin, eyes, and mouth (SEM)
      Localized CNS disease
      Disseminated disease involving multiple organs
      The risk of transmitting the virus to the fetus is 5% overall, but this figure jumps to 35% if you have your first outbreak active during childbirth
      Any woman with a history of HSV should be on acyclovir/famcyclovir supression 1-2 weeks before her anticipated due date. If there are active lesions seen at the time of labor, then cesarean section is absolutely indicated.

  48. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend was just diagnosed with HSV-1 found in his blood, no outbreak?
    We've been together for over a year, and within the first month that we had been dating he went to get fully tested blood work and everything, but nothing was reported back to him. I know that HSV-1 is the "oral" kind and that it can be dormant for a long time without outbreaks. But even if it was dormant wouldn't the tests have been positive a year ago? Is this a sign that he's been unfaithful? Our ages are 20 *me* and 25 him.
    Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      if there are no symptoms then it won't show up on a blood test. the test can only be done while an outbreak it preasent and visable or if they are having symptoms of an outbreak. as for him being unfaithfull, not really he could have had it before meeting u and not have even known he had it. he just didn't tell u because he didn't know for sure. one more thing, don't let him give u oral sex while he has a cold sore because it can spread to genital herpes.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is herpes always transmitted by sexual contact,,and is oral sex safe, to avoid herpes?
    The girl I want to date was married and she claims after 12 years of marriage her husband never contacted the herpes..is she lying or is it possible?

    • ANSWER:
      My aunt has had it for 25 years and claims that her husband of 20 years never caught it. She has kids too.

      He could be lucky, or just caught it and never had symptoms.

      Quite often, especially in men, there are no symptoms.

      Also, over time, most people quit having out breaks... though they still probably shed the virus. I wasn't able to find much info on if the shedding is also reduced over time. You can probably look that up by searching scientific journals :)

      Condoms are an obvious way to keep your risks minimal (I suggest the polyeurathene (nonlatex) ones because you can feel more.).

      You will be much LESS likely to catch it if she is taking Aciclovir, famciclovir and valaciclovir (which all suppress symptomatic and asymptomatic viral shedding). These drugs have been shown in clinical trials to reduce asymptomatic HSV shedding by about 80 - 90%

      Genital to oral is very uncommon, but still possible. The risk is estimated to be between 5% and 10% when the partner is not having an outbreak.

      Included some good links below- especially the first one which, although is a little technical, is very informative.

      PS- an interesting study:
      According to one study involving couples who engaged in 10,000 sex acts (lucky them), both using condoms and not using condoms, where one partner had herpes, the rate of infection was 8.9 for susceptible women, and 1.5 for susceptible men. However, only 61% of the couples reported using condoms for all sex acts. The susceptible women reported condom use for 30% of the time, and the men for 20% of the time. The conclusion is that condoms are highly protective for women, but not for men.

  50. QUESTION:
    So I dated this guy for a week and we kissed anyways I got a sore in my lip my every month for a while it did
    So I dated this guy for a week and we kissed anyways I got a sore in my lip my every month for a while it didn't hurt but it was gross and when it poped some liquid stuff would come out.I haven't got any since that year I was wondering if it was a kancer sore or a cold sore?

    • ANSWER:
      probably hsv type 1 (cold sore), but sry the girl above is wrong its not that its hard to cure its that there is no cure for either type of herpes, it will likely come back if you become stressed

hsv 1 dating

Hsv 1 Genital Herpes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can a person infected with HSV-1 have both oral and genital herpes ?
    Can a person infected with HSV-1 only have both oral and genital herpes ? I have read that if a person has oral (or genital) from HSV-1 , he can't get the other herpes from HSV-1. Is that correct ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is possible to be a carrier of both viruses, The thing that people dont usually know is that HSV-1 and HSV-2 are very simliar viruses and still can posses same like symptoms they contain about 50% of the same DNA, which is why sometimes you may have HSV-2 and still have HSV-1 symptoms. But yes it is also still possible to be dx with both these viruses.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the ways you can contract genital herpes?
    Where both partners are virgins (100% sure) and only have 'fooled around'.
    Neither had presence of genital herpes symptoms until farther into the relationship.
    Both have had cold sores (HSV-1).

    Can you get genital herpes from masturbation. i.e. the transfer of HSV-1 into genital area creating HSV-2?

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1 may cause genital herpes and HSV-2 may cause cold sore. If your hand is contaminated with Herpes simplex virus, you can be infected with herpes in any other part of the body. Infection may be severe and dangerous if it occurs in or near the eye.
      Viral STDs (Herpes simplex, Genital warts, HIV) are not curable.

  3. QUESTION:
    As a lesbian with hsv-1 genital, how can i prevent my partner from getting it?
    I take my valtrex and my outbreaks aren't frequent, but I know that she can still get it during oral sex and such. There aren't many options for protection these days, and I'd like to know what steps could be taken for safer sex when it comes to lesbians and herpes, in particular, hsv-1 genital.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT have any form of sex if you think your getting or having an out break. HSV1 genitally can be passed to the mouth (it's rare but it's possible) only if there is an out break while your partner gives you oral sex.
      Herpes is at its most contagious point while there are any signs of an out break. There is only a slight chance of getting it when there are no signs of one.
      Since your taking medication and avoiding sex when you think your getting or have an out break, that will reduce your chances of passing herpes on. You should be hones with your partner, if they don't know you have herpes then, I know it's hart but you should tell them and let them know when an out break is coming so you can avoid sex. There are female condoms but they don't cover all areas of the genitals that herpes can affect so they don't offer 100 percent protection against herpes.
      I have HSV1 genitally too but I'm not a lesbian.

      Here are some herpes statistics for you.
      http://www.best-herpes-treatments.com/herpes-statistics.html
      and general info on herpes
      http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_learn.cfm

  4. QUESTION:
    Can a blood test tell the difference between oral HSV-1 and genital HSV-1?
    I already have herpes simplex type 1 of the mouth, but I want to be sure that I haven't also gotten it genitally. Will a blood test be able to differentiate oral HSV-1 and genital HSV-1 with no active lesions on either site?

    • ANSWER:
      No. A blood test can test the type of H, not the location. But trust me, if you have it genitally, you will know!

      Also, you will not have it genitally unless your privates have been in contact with it directly. For instance, if you receive oral sex from someone who has a cold sore. So if you know for certain that your privates haven't been in contact directly with an oral cold sore, you can be pretty certain that you dont have it genitally.

  5. QUESTION:
    I got my blood and urine tested and I tested positive for HSV-1. Can I know if I have oral or genital herpes?
    I got my blood and urine tested and I tested positive for HSV-1. Can I know if I have oral or genital herpes? I tested negative for HSV-2 though. Also, I have never experienced any herpes outbreak. Neither on my face nor on my genital area. Can I know if I have oral or genital herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      Hsv-1 causes 95% of oral herpes infections and 50-70% of new genital herpes infections.

      80% of us have it orally. A fair proportion of us have hsv-1 genitally too - both I and my sister do - but it is still more likely to be an oral infection because more people have it on the mouth than the genitals.

      Since you have never had any symptoms that you remember, and hsv-1 infection without a prior herpes infection is likely to cause some symptoms, that maybe makes it more likely that you have an oral infection caught in early childhood.

      You cannot know for sure, unfortunately.

      If you do have oral hsv-1 rather than genital, hsv-1 is actually more infectious on the mouth - it is it's 'home site'. It is about 5x as infectious as it would be on the genitals.

      Though you never have any symptoms, you will still be infectious for a proportion of the time - the average is about 16% of the time, though it is believed to be less than that if you don't get outbreaks. So you need to be aware that if you have it orally you can still possibly give someone genital herpes if you give them oral sex. My sister's partner gave her genital hsv-1, though he has never had symptoms of oral hsv-1. My boyfriend did have a history of cold sores, but gave me genital herpes by giving me oral sex when he didn''t have any symptoms.

      On the plus side, about 60-80% of adults have hsv-1, depending on your age. Those that do are extremely unlikely to catch it from you.

  6. QUESTION:
    If you get cold sores, do you tell partners that you could give then genital herpes if you give them oral sex?
    If not, do you think that someone who has genital herpes should inform partners before having sex with them?

    I have genital herpes hsv-1, the same virus that causes cold sores on the mouth. People who have oral hsv-1 are actually 5 times more infectious than me, and if they give oral sex are putting their partners at 5x the risk I am if I have unprotected sex with someone.

    So bearing this in mind, do you think the stigma placed on genital hsv-1 is fair, and would you expect someone that has the virus genitally to behave any differently than someone who has it orally? Why does one have a 'moral responsibility' while the other does not?
    Truth Hurts, I agree with you. The point I am trying to make is why should my genital hsv-1 be treated differently to my partner's oral hsv-1? It just feels so unfair that my infection is stigmatised and his isn't.

    • ANSWER:
      Both have a moral responsibility. I don't know where you get the idea that they don't from. If you have oral herpes, then you need to tell your parnter because if you perform oral sex on them, now they have genital herpes because of you and have to go around telling people they have it for the rest of their lives. At least let them be the ones to make the decision on if they want to take that chance or not. With HSV-1, you should also be telling people this before kissing them.

  7. QUESTION:
    How possible is it that you contracted hsv 1 in the genitals if you have had cold sores since a child?
    I have had hsv 1 since about 7th grade..(cold sores) usually occurring once a year. I am now being tested for genital herpes (hsv 2.) What are the chances I have hsv 1 in the genital area? and how common is it to have both? Thanx
    Im asking because i just read somewhere that if you have had hsv 1 for years, your body has already produced antibodies against hsv and the likelyhood that u will contract hsv 2 is reduced by 40%....does this make sense to anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Its possible to have HSV-1 in the genitals. But you would have had to had oral sex with someone who was having an outbreak at the time. I guess it could also be that you touched the sore on your mouth and then immediately touched your genitals with your contaminated hand. Also, HSV-1 and HSV-2 are not mutually exclusive so it is very likely that you could have both.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to spread oral herpes when you have a canker sore on the roof of your mouth?
    I have been tested positive for HSV-1. I had a canker sore while I performed oral sex. Could the guy have gotten genital herpes because of this? I know canker sores are NOT caused by herpes but could the open canker sore transmit the herpes virus?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it's possible. Although they're not the same virus it can turn
      Into genital herpes once it's on the genitals. You should never give oral sex when you have a
      Cold sore and make sure not to touch yourself after touching your cold sore without washing your hands. Canker sores are less likely though.. Those are not exactly herpes. Sometimes those are just from vitamin deficiencies or stress

  9. QUESTION:
    How long after your first herpes outbreak does it take for the lesions to completely heal?
    I am referring to genital herpes, it is also HSV-1

    • ANSWER:
      Speak to a doctor. Herpes don't "heal" in the sense they go away and never come back. You have it for life if it is the genital or type 1 kind like you've suggested. And you ARE STILL contagious even If your Lesions have healed and There is No "visible" outbreak. So always wear protection and let your partner(s) know, Even giving oral sex they could get it that way. And herpes is a reportable disease.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can I cause a herpes outbreak in my partner?
    My boyfriend and I have the same strain of genital herpes (HSV-1). If I have an outbreak and he doesn't and we have unprotected sex, would I cause him to have an outbreak?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I have it too and have only had one outbreak but it was painful and I wouldn't want to have sex until it cleared up. But it won't cause him to have an outbreak

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the difference of genital herpes hsv1 and genital herpes hsv2?
    is those two virus the same or different. i want to know what is the difference between the genital herpes hsv 1 and hsv2?

    • ANSWER:
      It's kinda like saying what's the difference between Red Delicious and Granny Smith Apples?....they are both apples but different kinds. The same is true for hsv 1 and 2. They are both herpes viruses but different kinds. HSV1 tends to be the variety that is what we call 'cold sores' and HSV2 tends to be the variety that causes genital blisters. However, either variety can live in either place. So.....HSV! can be in the genital area and well as the lips and vice versa. There is no cure and they are treated the same. A blood test can determine is you have 1 or2 or both. A culture of the blister itself can also tell you if its 1 or 2. Since the treatment is the same, I don't usually culture the blisteres in the office. I do a blood test though.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can genital herpes be spread to my boyfriend if he has oral herpes?
    My boyfriend has herpes (HSV - 1) orally. Consequently I now have HSV - 1 both orally and genitally. If he has already had oral herpes (and therefore has antibodies for that simplex of the virus) is there still a risk of him getting genital herpes from me? I don't have simplex 2, just the 1 and as stated before so does he.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, you're the first couple I've heard of like my boyfriend and I! He had oral HSV1 and consequently I now have genital HSV1.

      Yes, he will have built up antibodies to it, but he's still not immune. My boyfriend and I don't use condoms, but we do abstain from sex while I have prodrome and breakouts. I'm also on suppressive therapy to reduce my risk of transmitting it to him.

      I'm sure you're aware of auto-inoculation by now, but if not, google it. You should also know that by fingering you, he can get it on his hand and if he goes down on you right before sex, he could get it since his saliva with herpes in it is right where he is about to put his genitals.

      I know how tough it to have a fulfilling sex life with it. I wish the two of you the best of luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    Will people with genital herpes always exhibit cold sores?
    I know that HSV-1 is normally in the mouth area and HSV-2 is generally in the genital area, but will a person with genital herpes get cold sores on their lips, or will the disease be localized to the genitals?

    • ANSWER:
      It only applies to the specific area. Herpes on the genitals cannot be passed to the mouth, and you will not have any cold sore outbreaks on your mouth.

  14. QUESTION:
    Transmission of genital herpes through oral sex?
    I've been looking at several websites, and most seem to say that herpes is spread through skin-to-skin contact. I read that you shouldn't touch an affected area to reduce the risk of spreading the outbreak to other parts of your body. I also read that both genital and oral herpes can be caused by either HSV-1 or HSV-2. So now I want to know if you can get genital herpes by performing oral sex? It seems clear that you could get it by receiving oral sex if the person has a cold sore on his or her mouth, but what about the other way around? Can you get genital herpes if nothing has actually come into contact with your genital area?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope, you can't get it if nothing comes in contact with your genital area. But people have fingers, and people's fingers could touch their own infected area, then touch your genitals. It could be possible to transmit it that way.

  15. QUESTION:
    What medication is good for herpes?
    I have genital herpes hsv-1 I was wondering which medication would be best and what others thoughts on medications was?, I've had one break out, and I think I'm having my second but I only have one sore.. Still getting used to this, any suggestions on how to minimize the length of the ob would be helpful as well!

    • ANSWER:
      Valtrex or it's generic form is the best medication out there to treat genital herpes. There is also famvir which is another antiviral medication.
      Here are some remedies for you
      http://www.epigee.org/health/herpes_natural.html

  16. QUESTION:
    Can someone give you genital herpes threw oral sex?
    if a person has herpes in their mouth but doesn't have symptoms can they pass on their herpes to your genitals threw oral sex (genital herpes)? do hsv 1 and hsv 2 show similar symptoms IN THE MOUTH? this last part is very important please educated and good responses please.

    • ANSWER:
      I contracted herpes on my genitals through oral sex so YES it's possible. There doesn't always have to be an out break to pass it on but oral herpes is less likely to be passed when there isn't an out break.
      If your partner happens to have cold sores (oral herpes aka HSV1) and gives you oral sex while they have an out break they can pass cold sores to your genitals.
      If your partner happens to have an out break on their genitals they can pass it to your mouth while you give them oral sex. Passing genital herpes to the mouth is less likely to happen while there is no out break.
      Yes they show similar symptoms when you have them on the mouth. It starts out with burning, itching and or tingling symptoms. Then a blister (or paper cut like sore) appears on or around the mouth, the blister can burst to form a sore which in a few days will scab over and heal.

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I keep my boyfriend from getting herpes from me?
    I actually have a couple questions. I have type 1 genital herpes. When will I ever be able to have sex without a condom and not run the risk of spreading it? Is it only transferred through skin to skin contact? And is using a condom a sure fire way of not passing it on?

    • ANSWER:
      hsv is spread by skin to skin contact, therefore condoms do not provide complete protection. the virus can still be passed with a condom. the good news is that genital hsv 1 has a very low rate of outbreaks compared to hsv 2. in addition, you may be a candidate for hsv suppresive therapy with daily medication. in couples where one partner is positive and the other negative, the pos person can be placed on suppression to prevent the other person from contracting the disease. talk to your doctor about this option.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can I get HSV-1 herpes orally if I already have it genitally?
    I got HSV-1 herpes on my genitals from my girlfriend, who has this on her lips.

    My question is, since I already have this virus in my body, as entered genitally, can I get the same virus on my mouth through kissing her? Or, since it already entered through my genitals, will it not be able to affect my lips?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      hsv-1 is one of the STDs (sexually transmitted disease) and does not pass from person to person through oral to oral contact..unless there is oral sex involved and that too only effects ur throat... not ur lips mouth.. i dont think anyone wud try oral sex after having genitals infected with HSV-1

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I know I have a herpes outbreak?
    You would know if you had a genital herpes outbreak, right? I mean, it comes with a lot of pain and burning when you urinate? I tested positive for HSV-1, but I have never had a cold sore or an outbreak down there. I was just checking, because now I am paranoid. But, you would just know, right?

    • ANSWER:
      You will certainly know if you are having an outbreak.

      From what I have researched, the symptoms feel like no other.

      I would connect with your doctor or call your insurance company's help line

  20. QUESTION:
    Is there are connection between genital herpes and Mono?
    I know that Mono is in the herpes family and it is very contagious so you should avoid any sort of contact with other people, but is it possible after the Mono clears that you can transfer genital herpes. I know that you can transfer HSV-1 (oral herpes) to the genital area causing genital herpes and was wondering if there was a connection or if the disease of Mono completely dies out.

    • ANSWER:
      You are incorrect about Mono being a herpes virus. Mono is an Epstein-Barr virus. Mono will not tranform into herpes.

      You are correct, though, that oral herpes can be spread to the genitals through oral sex.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can I get oral herpes if I already have genital herpes?
    I got HSV-1 herpes on my genitals from my girlfriend, who has this on her lips.

    My question is, since I already have this virus in my body, as entered genitally, can I get the same virus on my mouth through kissing her? Or, since I already have it, will it not also be transmitted to my lips?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If you already have Genital HSV1 then chances of getting Oral HSV1 is very very very low..

      Your immune system will now have HSV1 antibodies that will protect you getting it orally..

      Don't listen to people that say abstinace.. damn I hate it when religion is brought up.. Herpes is not that bad as people make it.. I have Genital HSV1 and I hate it when people make you out to be a lepper.

      Sometimes you feel it has the same stigma as HIV...

      Great news is that Genital HSV1 as it is not the site of preference for the virus should give you less outbreaks if any.. I had my primary in April 2009 and nothing since. It is not as bad as Genital HSV2.

      However you can still get HSV2 so if you ever leave your partner or you guys have sex with someone else just be mindful your HSV1 antibodies won't protect you that much from HSV2...

      In the mean time just get a box of Valaciclavor (Valtrex) and just take 2 a day for 5 days if you ever get a break out. Your future outbreaks if you get them should be less sevear than your first one.

  22. QUESTION:
    Would you take a chance with a guy/girl that has Type 1 genital herpes?
    Say you met a guy/girl you really like, you go out a couple time, there is a great connection, etc. and want to take it to the next level. He/she discloses that they have type 1 genital herpes (the oral type but genitally), would you sleep with that person and continue the relationship or run for the hills? Please be honest and not rude.

    • ANSWER:
      hey i just experienced this a couple weeks ago..
      but instead of my boyfriend telling me he had an std, i had to tell him i have HSV-1 genital herpes.

      My story: me && my boyfriend met a month ago. Two weeks into the relationship i felt obligated to inform him of my condtion because we were starting to become intimate. Only problem was i couldent really think of a way to tell him! soo one night before things were about to go down i just stoped him and told him we had to talk. It took me about 10 minutes to spit it out but after i told him he seemed a little mad and stressed. I felt like all i needed to do at that point was to give him space, soo i got up to leave. Long story short he grabed my hand before i went to walk out and told me it was gonna be ok. That he still wants a relationship (physical as well) and that he wasent going to let HSV-1 genital herpes stand in our way.

      so0o0o to answer your question not every guy would run away from a girl who has HSV-1 genital herpes because mines didnt!! =)

      however.. if it were the other way around and my boyfriend told me he had genital herpres and i didnt.. i honestly dont think i would be abe to stay in a physical relationship with him... or anybody for that matter.

      After being diagnosed with HSV-1 genital and occular herpes i now value my health more than anything. You only have one life, one body, and one chance to keep that body healthy, so why risk it for few nights of pleasure??

      just my thoughts on the question.. im curious do you have HSV-1 genital herpes?? if so feel free to email me with any questions you may have i could help, i know a lot about the virus being that i have it in two areas.. good luck =) hope ive helped!

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of catching HSV-1 Herpes genitally/occularly, if you've had oral HSV-1 since childhood
    I've gotten occasional cold sores since childhood, If my girlfriend has had the same (HSV-1 oral herpes), is it likely that we could give each other HSV-1 genital herpes from oral sex (without cold sores present), or is there an immunity from already having HSV-1?

    • ANSWER:
      There is some, but not complete immunity. It is "less likely" but I've not heard any hard-and-fast numbers.

      The best source that I know for questions like this is the American Social Health Association (ASHA). I've put a link below.

      In general, you are much less likely to get HSV-1 on your genitals, but it is by no means impossible. Similarly, if one of you has HSV-2, you are less likely to get it on your mouth than on your genitals.

  24. QUESTION:
    How long after an outbreak can you have sex?
    I got infected with HSV (Genital Herpes) about 2 years ago. I've learned to live with it so did my husband. My last outbreak was about 6 months ago. Fortunately i wasn't with my husband at that time, meaning i was out of the counrty.

    Anyway, i was wondering how long after an outbreak can you have sex again?

    I usually get treated with Valtrex if notice i'm having an outbreak or i will get an outbreak.
    How long should i wait?

    • ANSWER:
      you have to wait until your fully healed.(sore has dried up and fallen off) As long as the sores are weeping and up to 1 week b4 breakout, it's contagious. If you haven't had any outbreaks in a long time you pretty safe. Just be careful, congrats to you for caring about your spouse enough to want to keep him in good health.

  25. QUESTION:
    How come some herpes blisters are more extreme then others?
    When i look up herpes on google images, it shows these really gross pictures of people with herpes all over there genitals and/or bodies. I have a cold sore on my lip, which probably means Herpes HSV-1, i think. How would i keep my cold sores from getting really big and spread out like on the google image search and how do their herpes get so extreme(the people on the google image search)?

    • ANSWER:
      Pictures on google do tend to be of the most extreme cases - first ever outbreaks etc and of the few people who have a real problem with herpes because they have it so severely.

      I have genital herpes hsv-1, and have never had anything that looked as bad as bad as the MILDEST picture I found on the internet.

      My outbreaks, though in a different place, look more like this:

      http://www.coldsore.co.nz/images/cold-sore-lip.jpg

      probably not even that bad.

      Most people I know that get cold sores, it is little more than a dot on the lip - you would need a magnifying glass to see my boyfriend's! My genital outbreaks are the same.

      I have known one or two people who get bad ones though - but they are just the unlucky people, theirs are always bad, doesn't mean everyone else will get them like that.

      If you haven't had a cold sore that bad before, you aren't likely to. Those are just pics doctors take of the worst case scenarios of people whose immune systems have a problem dealing with it.

  26. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between hsv-1 oral herpes and hsv-2 oral herpes.?
    I know hsv-1 prefers to appear around the mouth and hsv-2 likes to appear around the genitals but both can appear around the mouth. Can the symptoms of oral herpes in the mouth be differentiate between hsv-1 and hsv-2 or do they both appear like ordinary cold sore?

    • ANSWER:
      The difference is basically the preference of location, but HSV1 can affect the genitals and HSV2 can (but doesn't commonly) affect the mouth. Both types of herpes come from the same virus.
      Symptoms and appearance of both types can be similar, but HSV1 can have milder symptoms then HSV2.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of getting genital herpes from oral sex?
    So people say that you can get genital herpes from having oral sex from someone who has cold sores.

    What are the chances of getting genital herpes this way? Even if there is no sign of an outbreak?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can get genital herpes from having oral sex from someone who has the cold sore virus.

      The chances of getting genital herpes this way depend on 2 things:

      1. If you already have the cold sore virus on your mouth yourself

      2. If the person who is giving you oral sex has an active sore or not.

      Eight out of ten people are infected with the oral herpes virus hsv-1 by adulthood. The vast majority of these people are unaware that they are infected, because only a few people actually suffer outbreaks of the virus - cold sores ot you and me.

      If you are one of the eight out of ten who is already infected with hsv-1 orally, and you have had the virus for a while, more than a few months, your chances of catching hsv-1 genitally through receiving oral sex from someone else who gets cold sores is virtually nil.

      This is because when you have had the virus a while you produce antibodies which protect you from another infection with the same virus.

      It takes a few months for you to acquire this protection though - that is why they recommend leaving it 3-6 months after exposure to the virus before you get tested to see if you have caught it. They test for the antibodies in your blood, which don't show up until this point. Probably still a good idea to avoid oral sex when your partner has a cold sore, just to be on the safe side. However, the Herpes Viruses Association of the UK gives the following advice:

      "If you and your partner have the same virus you will not reinfect each other - even on a different part of the body. So, if you have caught it genitally from your partner’s facial cold sores, he or she will not catch the virus back on the genitals."

      If you do not already have oral herpes, you are at risk of catching it, and whether or not you catch it is a lottery whenever you have oral sex. You are more likely to catch it if you are a woman - where I live, up to 75% of new genital herpes infections in young women are acquired this way.

      Oral hsv-1 - the virus that causes cold sores - is the most infectious form of herpes. It is infectious about 18% of the time in total - about 10% of the time when you have no symptoms. Since you cannot tell when someone is infectious, whether or not you catch it is partly your partner being aware of their own body and realising when they are starting with a cold sore or the virus is active, and partly luck.

      For example, neither I nor my sister caught the oral herpes virus as children like most (80% of) people do. So we both caught genital herpes through oral sex with a partner with cold sores by the time we hit our mid twenties.

      I caught genital herpes seven years into my relationship with my boyfriend. We were aware of the possibility of him spreading it to me, so he didn't give me oral sex very often and he was scrupulously careful to avoid giving it me when he had any symptom he thought might indicate the virus was active - a tingle on his lip etc. He did not have a cold sore at the time he transmitted it to me, and hadn't for months.

      My sister caught genital herpes through oral sex four months into a new relationship. Again, her partner did not have a cold sore at the time - 70% of herpes infections are passed when symptoms are not present. My friend at college caught genital herpes from a guy she took home for a one night stand in freshers' week. They didn't have intercourse, he only gave her oral sex and he didn't have a cold sore.

      Hope this info is useful.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a person with genital herpes to never have a symptom but come out positive in a blood test?
    How does that work exactly? What do they test for in the blood? Just antibodies? Do they determine the difference between HSV 1 and HSV 2 antibodies in the blood or can they only do that if there are sores on the genitals?

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1 and 2 are often latent (i.e. silent, symptom-less)infections which only present periodically. These viruses enter the nerve roots and travel up the nerve where they can remain silent in the nucleus for a long time. With each outbreak, they travel down the nerve root and form blisters at the site of innervation.

      The difference between HSV-1 and 2 is a surface molecule to which body produces different antibodies. These can be detected in blood even when the infection is latent and no symptoms are present.

      Also note that genital herpes is usually, but not always, caused by HSV-2. HSV-1 infection can also present as genital ulcerative disease. Only a blood test can determine exactly which virus is causing the symptoms.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some important things to know about genital herpes?
    I met someone who recently told me they had genital herpes, I'm fine with it. But I just want to know the important aspects of the STD so I can best protect myself.
    You're stupid, get a life.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, let's deal with FACTS, which I'm sure you want to know!

      You can reduce the chances of becoming infected to just 1% PER YEAR by:
      -Her taking antiviral suppressive therapy (like acyclovir)
      -You wearing a condom
      -Avoiding sex during an outbreak and for 3-5 days after.

      Your chances of becoming infected with HSV-1 (oral herpes) via oral sex from someone who is infected but shows no symptoms is even higher, because about 80% of the people in the US have oral herpes, 56% of teens do, and by age 50, 90% test positive! FAR FEWER people have genital herpes-HSV-2!

      Now, in reality the chance of becoming infected is LESS than it would be in the regular dating world where people are NOT inclined to tell you their STD status! Further, a lot of people do have herpes--and never have any symptom whatsoever that they are infected. In fact, a friend recently learned he was infected with genital herpes--and has never had any outbreaks or symptoms whatsoever.

      There are MANY couples who have been married for 15 years or more and the partner is STILL negative for herpes!

      I'm enclosing a couple of sources for you that will shoot straight: 1) The Herpes Handbook produced by the Westover Heights STD Clinic. GREAT info on risks and prevention. NOT spam--totally free!

      The other links I'm enclosing are for Shut Up And Post, a community for those with herpes and other STDs--and partners! It is monitored by "yoshi," a US mom who has been married for over 15 years and her husband is STILL HSV-free! It's ALSO free--not spam--and you will find LOTS of people in long-term relationships and married to HSV-positive folks! There are also medical folks who drop in and answer questions for you as well.

      The first Shut Up and Post link is for the message board--sign up ANONYMOUSLY, cruise the message boards on topics you need to know, and post questions of your own...you can even send e-mails. The THIRD link is for the front page to Shut Up and Post, quick info and stories that will help answer a lot of your questions and relieve some of your reservations. Your girlfriend may find the info helpful, too!

      Hope this helps!

  30. QUESTION:
    If two partners have HSV type 1, one has oral and the other genitals is it possible to re-transmite it back ?
    Sirious question. Having problems researching it. If two partners have HSV type 1 can they re-transmite it to eachother? ie. if person A (oral herpes coldsore) gave person B (genital herpes type 1) the virus, can person B give it back to person A, through sexual activity?

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly if they haven't had it for very long. If they have had HSV1 for a long period of time then they would have built up some antibodies to help protect them from getting it any where else. If person A has a lowered immune system then person B could possibly pass it back. But HSV1 is less likely to be passed in between out breaks and even less likely if person B is taking antiviral medication.
      I have HSV1 orally and genitally it's not common but possible to get it in both places.

  31. QUESTION:
    How long after having contact with someone with genital herpes can you get tested to find out if you caught it?
    I recently had sex with a girl with genital herpes and we used a condom. However, the condom broke and she then decided to inform me that she has genital herpes. I'm wondering how long I have to wait to go take a test for it to be able to tell me even slightly if I have it or not?

    • ANSWER:
      In the absence of symptoms, you need to wait 3-6 months before you can have a special blood test. Then you need to get a type-specific herpes blood test.

      There is no test you can have sooner - the blood test looks for antibodies to the virus, and it takes time to develop these. Any sooner than 3-4 months at the earliest and you would get a false negative even if you had caught it.

      If you don't get symptoms, I wouldn't go worrying too much in the meantime. Herpes isn't actually that easy to catch. I am assuming the girl did not have current symptoms. Transmission rates in the absence of symptoms are LOW.

      If you had UNprotected intercourse several times a week with this girl, for an entire YEAR, and only avoided contact when she had visible symptoms, your risk per year would only be 10% or less if she had hsv-2, and about 2% if she had hsv-1. And that is over 100s of exposures.

      Look at it this way. My boyfriend had oral herpes hsv-1, which is actually more infectious than genital herpes. We avoided kissing and oral sex when he had a cold sore, but had frequent contact in between. It took me seven full years to catch it from him.

      Although it is possible to not develop symptoms when you have actually caught it, normally symptoms would appear within a week. Mine were pretty unmistakeable and painful.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to infect yourself with genital herpes by masturbating with your own saliva?
    If you use your own saliva for lubrication when masturbating (spitting in your hand) is it possible to transmit herpes to your genitals? Even if you didn't currently, or have never had cold sores on your mouth?

    I've read endless FAQs about HSV-1 and HSV-2 and never found an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      If you've never gotten cold sores before, I wouldn't worry. You can't transmit a virus that wasn't there to begin with.

  33. QUESTION:
    If i have oral herpes and i gave my partner genital herpes can i get genital herpes?
    OK, I have had oral HSV for about 15 years now and i have been with my boyfriend for 3 years. We just found out that i had given him genital herpes 1.

    Is it possible for me to get genital herpes from him even though i already have the virus and i was the one to give it to him?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, these can both be easily mixed and passed on.

  34. QUESTION:
    I tested positive for HSV-1. How do I know if I have a genital or oral infection?
    I recently tested positive for HSV-1 antibodies (negative for HSV-2). This comes after an episode of unprotected oral sex. I have never noticed any visible oral or genital lesions or sores. I dont know whether I contracted the virus as a child or recently. Would I be shedding the virus if I have not developed any noticeable symptoms? Am I morally obligated to tell any future partners about the test? Will I ever develop symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      The more common place to have HSV1 is on the mouth, but this rarely comes from having sex. Usually people get HSV1 in the form of "cold sores" as a child, from kissing relatives or friends that have cold sores.
      If you have had oral sex before then some one with cold sores could have transferred cold sores to your genitals.
      Shedding usually happens around the time of an out break but can spontaneously happen in between out breaks and usually happens for a small number of days out of the year. Shedding isunpredictable and undetectable so you wouldn't know if you were shedding.
      If you happen to break out on your genitals then you may want to inform future partners. If it's on your mouth then if it comes up you may want to tell them you get cold sores.
      There is nothing to say if you will ever develop symptoms. Every one with herpes is different, some have symptoms some just carry the virus in their body while having little to no symptoms.

  35. QUESTION:
    How soon after exposure to cold sore herpes (type 1) in your genital area, would you start to see symptoms?
    I think I may have contracted genital herpes through my partner's cold sore. It was not totally active at the time- it had already scabbed over and was almost healed. He has never had genital herpes and this is the only thing I can attribute it to. Does this now mean I could have type 1 or type 2 herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      first YES you do get genital herpes from oral sex if your partner has a cold sore (hsv 1). Once you have come in contact with hsv1 on you genital area, you will then have hsv2 or genital herpes. it generally takes 14 days or more if you are going to have an outbreak. some people dont have an outbreak. you can go to you primary physician to get a blood test to check for hsv 1 &2. good luck

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I care for genital HSV-1?
    I have contracted genital HSV-1, it blistered inside the foreskin and I now have ulcers there inside my foreskin. How should I care for them to prevent infection and speed recovery? Is there anything I need to know about this disease?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same thing (but I'm a woman). The best way to care for it is suppressive therapy (ie Valtrex, or Famvir). Keep the out break clean and dry to help heal the blisters.
      Boost your immune system, that should help prevent out breaks as well.
      Here are some basics that you should know. Herpes is very contagious while there is any sign of an out break so you should not have sex if you think you are getting one or have one.
      There is a very small chance of spreading herpes while there are no signs of an out break and if you are using condoms.
      Do not pick, scratch or pop at the sores / blisters that can make your situation worse as doing that can spread the sores to new locations.
      Your not going to die of herpes either and you can have a relativly normal life if you chose to.
      You may want to do some research on herpes mayoclinic.com, wikipedea.com, webmd.com are good places to start.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can you contract genital herpes by contact with a cold sore?
    If there is contact by someone who has a cold sore and they have oral sex, can you get genital herpes like that?

    • ANSWER:
      yes!! this is how i got genital herpes. My boyfriend had HSV-1 but didnt have a cold sore present at the time and i still got gential herpes from him. The first time i ever received oral sex..it was for like no more than 2 mins. and i got it =/

  38. QUESTION:
    Can i pass herpes to someone who already has it?
    unknowning, my boyfriend gave me HSV 1 herpes on my genitals from oral sex, and the doctor has confirmed this.

    so he has oral HSV 1 and i have genital HSV 1.

    Am i able to to pass HSV1 genital herpes to him? considering he already has the virus and antibodies in his body?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Can people with genital herpes not tell their having an outbreak?
    just recently found out i have genital herpes so i've only had my first outbreak... i guess i'm having another one but i had no idea until i just randomly took a peak down there, and noticed just a few tinnny little red bumps, barely noticeable. i had no idea i was having one though until i looked? is that normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Yep! Totally normal!

      A lot of people have a terrible primary outbreak--then 1-2 smaller ones within the few months after. And then sometimes they just go away for a loooonnng time. There are some who have not had an outbreak for 15-20+ years or more after their first outbreak. TRUE! AND they're not on antiviral meds, either. AND many of them are living with herpes-negative partners who are still negative!

      Everyone's immune system is different, so you never know how it is going to affect you.

      Just think about how many people are infected with HSV-1 (oral herpes/cold sores). It's about 80% of the population--and 90% after age 50. With that many people infected, you'd think the streets would be crawling with people with honking big blisters, right? BUT, how many people do you see walking down the street each day or shopping at the mall broken out with cold sores? Hardly any, right? Same with genital herpes.

      Wish people would get better educated about the subject!

  40. QUESTION:
    How common is genital hsv 1, does it go away after a few occurrences does it act like oral hsv 1?
    I would like to know if genital hsv1 is common among people just like oral hsv 1, will it go away after 1, 2 or 3 occurrences?

    • ANSWER:
      Gential HSV1, like oral HSV1, is incurable. You will have genital herpes forever, and will be obligated (ethically) to tell your future partners that you have genital herpes. It's usually caught from oral sex.

      Fortunately, HSV1 "prefers" the mouth over the genitals, and tends to cause MUCH milder symptoms on the genitals than on the mouth. Most people with genital HSV1 have one outbreak and then never get any more symptoms.

      To learn more about genital and oral herpes, caused by either HSV1 or HSV2, I recommend the website below. It's very reliable, and well written.

      Good luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    Will genital herpes show up on a blood test required in Cancun to get married?
    We want to get married in Cancun. But on all the websites they want a bloodtest three days prior to our wedding. It also states if you have AIDS or an STD you can't get married in Cancun. I have genital herpes and I'm wondering if this is something that would show up on the blood test. I don't want to find out three days before our wedding that we can't. That would be devastating!

    • ANSWER:
      PLEASE DISREGARD ALL ABOVE POSTS.

      I believe you are asking if herpes will show up on a typical STD bood panel. The short answer is no.

      Here's the long answer FYI. There's a special test for this. They wont find the virus unless they do a seperate test to search for it. New, accurate blood tests are available for both HSV-1 and HSV-2.These tests are called “type-specific.” Non-type-specific tests often confuse these two viral types, giving inconclusive results. Do you really think that Cancun will turn people away because they had mistaken the cold-sore type for the genital type? Nope...

      Here's some more info on STD blood testing from Wiki.

      Most STD tests are blood tests, and are usually performed after symptoms are detected (disease), but may detect asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections. STD tests may test for a single infection, or consist of a number of individual tests for any of a wide range of STIs, including tests for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis and HIV tests. No STD procedure tests for all infectious agents, so it is important to be aware what organisms a given test screens for.

      Also,
      Tests are available (at various costs) for nearly all STIs, though a few currently may only be found by testing specifically for the DNA of the infectious agent, such as HPV. Such recombinant DNA tests are prohibitively expensive and may have unacceptable rates of false negatives or false positives.

      In other words, have a great wedding!

  42. QUESTION:
    What foods hypothetically reduce the number of Herpes Symplex type 1 outbreaks?
    I read that sea vegetables(such as hijiki, arame, wakame, kombu, and nori) are anti-inflammatory and antiviral medicinal foods. I have genital HSV-1, and I was wondering if they could possibly make a difference in the frequency of my outbreaks. If so, does anyone know which of these (1 or 2 please) would be the most effective? Any other foods that reduce the number of outbreaks/are antiviral?

    • ANSWER:
      There are 2 amino acids found naturally in foods which can directly influence herpes outbreaks. These are:

      L-lysine
      L-arginine

      it is reccommended that a balanced diet high in lysine and low in arginine for someone who is experiencing outbreaks of herpes.

      lysine has been found to be active against the herpes virus in vitro due to its ability to inhibit the metabolism of arginine.

      arginine is in essence the food source for the virus. Without it it cannot grow, replicate or cause symptoms. Lysine helps to to naturally counteract the production of arginine in the body.

      Lysine rich foods:

      mango, apricots, pears, apples and figs
      papya
      beets
      most dairy products
      avocados
      tomatoes
      fish, chicken, lamb, beef
      brewers yeast
      sprouts

      Avoid foods rich in Arginine:

      nuts
      gelatin
      chocolate
      carob
      coconut
      seeds
      oats
      whole wheat and white flour
      lentils
      brown rice
      peanut butter
      dry beans including soy beans and tofu
      wheat germ
      caffeine
      some multivitamins, protein shakes and body building supplements

      These are just some of the foods to eat or avoid. If you have any questions about whether or not a specific food is high in one of the amino acids mentioned you can either email me or try google. Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can my husband get the genital herpes if I gave him oral sex and had a fever blister?
    I've had a fever blister/cold sore for about 3 days ! Is my husband going to get genital herpes?
    How will I know if he got it?

    How long does it take to show up?

    Do you get a blood test to confirm?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. 50%+ of genital herpes infections are now caught that way these days, through receiving oral sex from someone that gets fever blisters... it is very common.

      80% of people have oral herpes (aka fever blisters) and those that do aren't at all likely to catch the same virus genitally. So it is more than likely that your husband has the same virus as you on his mouth already, and if he has he is very unlikely to catch it genitally this way.

      If he DOESN'T already have hsv-1 orally, and you gave him oral sex while you had a fever blister, he is at a very high risk of getting genital herpes, but even so it isn't definite. Symptoms would probably show in aorund 4 days, 2 weeks max. They can include soreness and blistering along with a flu-like fever.

      He can get a blood test if he doesn't develop symptoms, to see if he has it or not, but if he had just caught it the anitbodies wouldn't show in his bloodwork for at least 3 months. If he had a positive bllod test now it would indicate an old infection, probably an oral one like yours.

  44. QUESTION:
    It it possible that I have genital herpes?
    Okay, well me and my boyfriend had oral sex about four months ago. Not again sense then. He has cold sores every now and then, which means he has hsv type 1. I haven't experienced an outbreak, and I don't think he had a cold sore at that time. I know it's still possible to contract genital herpes when there is no outbreak, but what's the chance that I have genital herpes from receiving oral sex from him?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to get oral herpes on your genitals, by receiving oral sex from some one that gets cold sores but it's more likely to happen while they have a visible cold sore. If he didn't have any signs of a break out at the time you had oral sex then it's less likely that you would get oral herpes on your genitals. Technically it would be HSV1 genitally but an type of herpes that occurs on the genitals gets called genital herpes. Keep an eye out fo symptoms like itching, burning and or tingling down stairs. If you do get a breakout then see a doctor and get tested.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can you get genital herpes simplex 2 from someone who has oral herpes simplex 1?
    I know someone who just contracted genital herpes 2, and her bf claims he only has oral herpes simplex 1. Does that mean 1 can turn into 2? Or does this mean that either he is lying or she actually got it from another partner??

    • ANSWER:
      Yes,it can.Most commonly, herpes type 1 causes sores around the mouth and lips (sometimes called fever blisters or cold sores). HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but most cases of genital herpes are caused by herpes type 2.

      You also can ask some people who have herpes on datingpoz.com. You will show you experience.That maybe helpful to you.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can you get herpes on other parts of the body?
    I have some questions about Herpes:

    1. Can you get a genital herpes virus (HSV 1 or 2) from touching infected genitals with your hands or other places not near the genitals?

    2. Can you get oral Herpes when the person does not currently have a breakout?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can. Some other places to get herpes on the body are the fingers (herpes whitlow) on the back usually from close contact sports like wrestling (herpes gladitorium), In the eyes (ocular herpes). Getting herpes in these places is not common but possible under certain circumstances.

      You can get oral herpes when a person who has it doesn't have an out break due to viral shedding which happens a couple of days before and a couple of days after an out break. The rest of the time your less likely but still slightly able to get oral herpes if they don't have an out break.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can genital herpes spread to a persons mouth who alreayd gets cold sores?
    If you already get a cold sore from time to time on the lip can you catch genital herpes around your mouth if you go down on someone who has it?

    • ANSWER:
      It is unlikely.

      Firstly, having one of the herpes simplex viruses lowers your chances of getting the other - so if you have hsv-1 on your mouth you are less likely to get hsv-2 genitally, and if you do get it are more likely to get an asymptomatic infection.

      In lab tests, it proved very difficult to infect the same nerve ganglion with a second variety of herpes - hsv-2 on top of hsv-1 for example. In other words, you would be very unlikely to get hsv-2 on your mouth if you had hsv-1.

      And finally, if you did catch it on your mouth, you would most likely not notice any increase in symptoms. Once on the mouth, genital herpes is simply oral herpes. Oral hsv-2 is the weakest herpes infection you can get, it isn't really keen on being there. You are unlikely to ever get an outbreak of oral hsv-2 even if you do catch it. And if you did, it would just be a cold sore exactly like the ones you already have.

      And like cold sores, you are much less likely to get it when your partner doesn't have symptoms.

  48. QUESTION:
    How easily is herpes passed through oral sex?
    Recently I was diagnosed as having hsv 2 genital herpes. I have also started dating this girl that I really like. She knows I have herpes and is fine with it, but she only wants to have oral sex. What are the chances of her catching it from me by her giving me oral sex?

    Note: that I am also on daily suppressive therapy

    • ANSWER:
      Cebleem is correct.

      Yes, there is a smal lrisk your partner can contract oral hsv-2. No thorough study has been performed, but it is thought that 2-5% of oral herpes infections are actually hsv-2.

      Having hsv-1 orally already, as 60-80% of adults do, would greatly reduce her chances of catching it. Some herpes specialists believe that hsv-1 prior infection reduces the chance of getting hsv-2 elsewhere by 50%. In addition, in lab tests it proved highly difficult to infect the same nerve ganglion with a second herpes virus, once the dominant one for that are (hsv-1) was already present. However, it can happen. But, since hsv-2 is a much weaker virus orally than hsv-1, it is unlieky that your partner would be aware of the infection or notice increased symptoms.

      But yes, there is a risk of her catching it orally - less than catching it genitally, but still there - probably less than 2% a year (a stat often quoted for transmission of genital hsv-2 to a partner's genitals when protection and suppressive therapy are used).

      However, if she did catch hsv-2 orally, hsv-2 is not very happy infecting the mouth, it is far better adapted to the genitals.

      What this means in practice is that an oral hsv-2 infection is likely to NEVER cause a second outbreak, and is infectious far less than 0.1% of the time ever, so is not likely to ever be passed on to a partner.

      The mouth is also less susceptible than the female genitals, just as women's genitals are more susceptible to herpes infection than mens. I caught oral herpes, hsv-1, genitally from a partner that had it orally. I was with him seven years, and probably kissed him near daily apart from when he had a sore, but I never caught it on the mouth. The night I caught it, we kissed a lot and only had oral sex briefly, yet it was on the genitals I caught it. The mouth is less likely to become infected.

      If you really like this girl, I hope she comes to terms with it and is prepared to have a full relationship in time because I could not stay with someone long term who would not have intercourse with me because I have herpes.

  49. QUESTION:
    When did you tell your partner that you have genital herpes?
    When did you tell your bf/gf that you have genital herpes? How long were you dating and how did they take it?

    • ANSWER:
      you must tell your partner before first sex! it will be honest move!

      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

      anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    How do people get genital herpes?
    Can be taken from going to a public toilet? or just intercourse?
    Can you have genital herpes on your back passage only?
    I am on a dispute with a friend about this problems and I would appreciate a simple, documented and direct answer. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

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