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what duz herpes look like?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Varies: Herpes of the genital area can just be a reddened area but classically is a small group of clear blisters. This area is paiful, tingles and can get crusty. It is like a fever blister (only it is not a fever blister). Usually clinically diagosed but can absolutely be diagnosed if cultured and positive. Practice safe sex or you will continue to get the gift that keeps on giving!
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Crusty blister: Used to be called "cold sores"-can be oral or genital or anal; caused by 2 strains of the same virus. Starts with tingling, gets red, then blistery, crusts over/scabby. Can recur.Brought out by stress, fever, etc. Contagious, viral; spread even if no outright lesion present. Be careful swapping spit, using someone else's fork, or having sex (oral, genital, anal) meds to treat, suppress. Condoms.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is herpes in the us?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Too common!: Herpes type 1, which causes about 80% of oral herpes cases, is considered a universal virus (almost everybody has it). An estimated 80% of adults have had herpes type 1. Genital herpes, which is caused by herpes type 2 about 80% of the time, causes between 500, 000 and 1 million new cases each year. There is no cure, so currently about 50 million americans have had genital herpes.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I recently contracted herpes. Is there a cure?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Help yes; cure no: There is no cure for oral or genital herpes, but antiviral medications are helpful in preventing or clearing up herpes sores. Topical antiviral creams are somewhat helpful but not as helpful as oral medications. To treat an outbreak, one should start the medication as soon as possible to get the best effect. A primary care doctor can discuss the various treatments and prescribe medication.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there legal action I can take against someone for infecting with herpes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe: Legal issues are very complex. One can do some internet research to see what disease transmissions have been prosecuted in courts, under what circumstances, and with what kind of verdicts. A personal injury lawyer, a district attorney's office, a small claims court community assistant, or other more knowledgeable people may be of help. One might have to prove negligence, intent, damages, etc...
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can herpes be contracted by kissing?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: 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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can herpes only be transmitted if your partner is having an outbreak?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Herpes: Yes, but a few days before and after rotection and caution is needed.

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