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are condoms a hundred percent effective against herpes simplex virus?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No.: They can tear, and also they do not cover all skin areas in contact.
Dr. Harry Greenberg
Dermatology 27 years experience
No: You can still get hsv where the condom is not touching the skin. Only abstainence is 100% effective.

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What treatment will I need in pregnancy if I have genital herpes?

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Antiviral medicine: If you have frequent herpes outbreaks, you may be started on antiviral medication early in pregnancy to suppress them. If you don't get outbreaks often, make sure to tell your doctor you have a history of herpes. You will be placed on treatment at 36 weeks to prevent an outbreak around the time of labor. Active herpes during labor requires a c-section to avoid giving the baby an infection.
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Are female condoms effective against transferring an std?

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To some extent: Yes, to some extent. They will be partially effective against most things like hiv, but poorly effective against others like hpv because it doesnt cover external skin and transmission to those body parts.
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What type of herpes simplex virus causes cold sores?

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Type 1 more common: Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2. Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and travel down the nerves to the surface to form blisters that break open, spreading more virus. Type 1 is more common on the lips, and type 2 more common on the genitals. With people engaging in oral sex, either type can be in one or both locations.
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If two people get the same type of cold or flu virus, will they have the same symptoms?

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Same or different: No one is the same so their symtoms will be slightly different but generally they will have similar symptoms.

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