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how contagious is your herpes after having it for over a year

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Does not change: If you have active open lesions you are never less transmissible than the first time you have it. Men generally transmit this less frequently when as ... Read More

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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience Family Medicine
Not once rash gone: Herpes infectious in all its forms (cold sores, genital and shingles/zoster) is contagious as long as the rash is present, and the sores are healing. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Myths: That is myth and no longer even part of a expert physician's practice. What is your specific concerns about your health?
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You can still: spread the virus without outbreaks.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Herpes lesion: Lesions caused by herpes virus should heal within a couple of weeks. A sore that does not heal suggests another cause, so a doctor visit is in order f ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Butler
20 years experience Family Medicine
Why?: If you have no symtoms what are you concerned with? Now I think you need to give a full history of your concerns. It seems you are worried. Best to s ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marc Goldhagen
32 years experience Occupational Medicine
Yes: Herpes can lie dormant for weeks, months, years and then pop up when your body is otherwise stressed from lack of sleep, poor nutrition, another infec ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Bipolar: Depends on type of medication used and dosage. Consult the prescribing doctor.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Go seek help: While we have very limited information, this may be more STD related than a typical UTI, if you've had it for about a month. By the way, most people ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
30 years experience Infectious Disease
Unusual: It is unusual for herpes to last this long. Either the diagnosis is wrong or there is severe immunodeficiency. Since you haven't said that you have an ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
High false-positives: It is theoretically positive to get influenza type a during august (see http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/weekly/), but the chance that the rapid flu test report ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
22 years experience Gynecology
Possible: Statistically one out of three people have the herpes virus. Not everyone develops lesions. It is very difficult to determine when someone has contr ... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Mcniff
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Herpes : Herpes is a complicated disease. Herpes simplex 1 (hsv-1) is the virus that typically causes cold sores. Most adults have antibodies to hsv-1, wh ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Stranger anxiety: Your daughter is entering the peak times of stranger anxiety from 9-15 months of age. Even if they have been around these family members routinely, mo ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
56 years experience Psychiatry
Not: Do consult your ped. A rash is not a horrible side effect. But let's take care of both of you. Your concern is enough reason to call. Say, tomorrow.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Its very unlikely. A compromised immune system is what leads to the chicken pox virus re-emergence. Even my HIV patients with virtually no immune sy ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Soon: Significant reactions will generally show up within the first hours and less often after 24 hours. Any event more than 48 hours is unlikely to be vacc ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Can get tested: IF you have had a recent vaginal infection and are still having problems then it is prudent to schedule a visit for an exam and testing. You want to m ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
About 3% chance: One in four people in america has herpes, primarily because it is so easy to transmit. If you have had exposure to a lesion on your partner that is a ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Yeast and Death: I know of no situation where a yeast infection led to the death of anyone.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
Migraine?: First sexual encounters are often stressful and sometimes don't go as we had imagined. Any headache lasting a week is always suspicious for a migraine ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Kirk
Dr. John Kirk answered
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wait: Wait till the lesion is clear entirely. You should not have any evidence of infection otherwise. Even without a lesion transmission is possible thou ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Thrush: Yes, untreated thrush can extend into the esophagus if untreated

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