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what are the types of herpes?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Lots: There are 8 that affect humans. 1 and 2 are the ones people most commonly think about that cause oral and genital lesions. Chickenpox is another type. EBV is another that causes mononucleosis. CMV is another type that can cause many different symptoms.6 causes sixth disease a childhood febrile illness.7 mostly is benign. 8 is mostly commonly known for a type of cancer associated with AIDS
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Why the question?: Generally we refer to herpes type one----hsv1 and herpes type 2------hsv2. Hsv1 is more common and is usually on the face but sometimes genital or finger or eye. Hsv2 is mostly genital but sometimes on buttock or face. Some people have frequent recurrence of skin sores. Most people have no symptoms or uncommon symptoms. The virus is shed when there are no symptoms, accounting for most transmission
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 24 years experience
8 in humans: There are 25 known herpes viruse, 8 of which infect humans. The types are: 1, cold sores; 2 genital herpes; ebv mononucleosis; CMV causes retinitis in hiv; varicella causes chickenpox and shingles; herpes virus 6 causes roseola; and herpes virus 8 causes kaposi's sarcoma.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Are all types of herpes related?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Yes: They are all members of the herpesvirus family. There are 8 human herpes viruses and many many different animal herpesviruses. Except for herpes b, a old world macaque virus, none of the animal herpesviruses spread to people.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Herpes type one genitally can be spread only during an outbreak, correct?

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Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 47 years experience
Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex is a virus that you catch from someone who is infected with it. Most transmission occurs when persons shed virus but lack lesions. Usually skin-skin, skin-mucosa contact. Hsv is inactivated promptly at room temperature. Aerosol or fomitic spread unlikely. Infection occurs via inoculation onto susceptible mucosal surface or break in skin.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

What types of herpes are there and is there a difference?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Yes,: Herpes simplex has two types. Type 1 around the mouth and lips (sometimes called fever blisters or cold sores).Type 2 is below waist genitalia and rectum.Herpes zoster (shingles) is usually disease that occurs with patients that previously had chicken pox (varicella) and occurs in older individualsthese eruptions are most commonly distributed on the thorax but can appear anywhere on the body.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Does herpes test detect type one and two separately?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: There are various herpes tests, including tests that specifically identify for hsv-1 and hsv-2.
A 19-year-old female asked:

How accurate are type specific herpes tests?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Very: A positive HSV I and/or HSV II antibody titer is diagnostic for prior exposure to that specific virus. While nothing is always100% it is unlikely that antibody titers for these 2 viruses would be misleading.

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