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A 26-year-old female asked:

is hsv 1 & hsv 2 the same? the doc said that either 1 can occur in the oral & genital area. does that mean both hsv 1 & hsv 2 r both considered stds?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Interchangeable: Herpes simplex viruses =hsv 1 & 2 are interchangeable when it comes to causing genital herpes. So it is the location of symptomotogy that dictates whether herpes is a std not the HSV virus#.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No, yes: Hsv-1 and hsv-2 are not the same - exactly. They are different viral types of herpes simplex. Hsv-1 usually causes cold sores around the mouth. Hsv-2 usually causes genital ulcers. However, either can be in either place. Therefore, they are both stds.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
It is the mode of transmission which determines whether or not the infection is considered an STD, and as Dr. Bansai points out, the two strains may produce lesions in either the oral cavity or the genitalia.
Jan 16, 2014

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Does the same virus that causes genital herpes cause cold sores?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Yes: Herpes viruses come in two flavors- HSV i and HSV ii. Either virus can occur on the lips or in the genitalia.
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A 36-year-old female asked:

39+ weeks pregnant, 3 CM dilated, 0% effaced - rock solid cervix as dr described. How long will it take to efface? In such discomfort w/ pelvic pres

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Dr. Robert Killian
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So close to birth: Hi are you ready? This sounds like your uterus is preparing to begin labor. The frustrating part is that we cannot predict how long this transition phase will take before you are in active labor. But, you are getting closer. Congratulations.
A 37-year-old member asked:

I have been nauseous and extremely tired for the past months, also have severe stabbing pain iny lower right pelvic area ( not pregnant). Been to doctors but keep saying they can't figure out what it is. Also dizzy all the time?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Need investigations: Varieties of diseases can cause your symptoms first pelvic exam by your gyn doctor, it could be pelvic inflammatory disease (pid). A misses appendicitis with small pelvic abscess, low blood sugar, uncontrolled diabetes , or hypertension , need simple sonogram to ct scan, endoscopy etc. You need these step by step to find cause and then the cure.
A member asked:

Could an abdominal/pelvic CT scan without contrast (ordered for ureteral stones) detect ovarian cancer also?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Sometimes: A ct scan will show the ovaries in the pelvis. Only significant and sometimes advanced changes of ovarian cancer such as excess fluid in the pelvis may be noticeable.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What could cause fatigue, weight loss, anaemia, pelvic pain & dizzyness?

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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Consider tumor.: Weight loss and anemia can contribute to both fatigue and dizzyness. The question is is the anemia related to the pelvic pain. Hypothetically the answer is yes. Tumors of the sigmoid colon, rectum, bladder, uterus ovaries or prostate can cause anemia and the related symptoms although high on the list are colorectal cancers. See your md for possible colonoscopy and/or ct scan of the pelvis.

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