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Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Would test result show positive for genital herpes 1 if there was no sign of symptoms ie sores? How often do HSV 1 show symptoms? Will it ever stop?

Would test result show positive for genital herpes 1 if there was no sign of symptoms ie sores? How often do HSV 1 show symptoms? Will it ever stop?

Herpes: There are two types of herpes, type one (oral) and type two, (genital). 90% of people infected with herpes do not have sores or outbreaks. The only reliable testing for herpes is a blood test. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore result from being with someone that has genital herpes? I was with a woman a few weeks ago who has genital herpes, though she wasn't having an outbreak at the time. Coincidentally, this morning for the first time i got what i think is the

Can a cold sore result from being with someone that has genital herpes? I was with a woman a few weeks ago who has genital herpes, though she wasn't having an outbreak at the time. Coincidentally, this morning for the first time i got what i think is the

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, which means that they have been exposed and likely have the virus laying dormant in the nerve cells where they were infected. Some of these people will get cold sores (aka fever blisters) some won't. Some will get recurrent outbreaks regularly and others won't. Herpes simplex 2 (hsv-2) is the virus that typically causes genital lesions. A slightly lower percentage, but still around 20-40%, of adults have antibodies to hsv-2, and it acts the same way on the genitals as hsv-1. One can still get a cold sore from hsv-2 and genital lesions from hsv-1. However, when this occurs, repeat outbreaks are much less likely, because hsv-1 has evolved to prefer infecting human mouths, and hsv-2 has a predilection for human genitalia. Some things to remember here: 1. One can have herpes (1 or 2) and shed virus (meaning transmit the infection to others) without ever having any overt symptoms himself. 2. Herpes infection (particularly type 2) can increase one's risk for acquiring hiv, even if one never has an outbreak or other signs of infection. 3. Herpes infection is incredibly common, and for many infected people, it's not something they even realize they have, or they'll have one outbreak and never have any issues with it again. 4. People vary widely in their response to herpes infection. A person can be infected without knowing it, and transmit it to a sexual partner who will then go on to have severe recurrent blistering outbreaks, which can be very painful. 5. Most authorities, like the United States preventive medicine task force, recommend against the routine testing for herpes virus antibodies in people without symptoms of herpes. So many people have these antibodies, and they likely have asymptomatic infections that don't require treatment, so testing them wouldn't change anything. When someone is entering into a long-term monogamous relationship and wants to start having unprotected sex, that is one possible reason to do antibody testing for herpes, but even that is controversial. 6. Any skin lesion that persists for more than a few days or is troubling to you, should be evaluated by a physician. It may look like the pictures of herpes on the internet, but who took those pictures? ...Read more

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I just got a routine checkup and it came back with a result of HSV II igG 1.00 ratio. I've neverhad an outbreak of genital herpes. What does this mean?

Possible exposure: This is a borderline positive result, so I'd suggest a repeat in 3 months just to confirm. It is quite possible to have been exposed to and acquire HSV2 without ever having an outbreak. You may also get very mild outbreaks so you need to be alert for the possibility. Your biggest risk is that you could be infectious without realizing it, so you may want to consider prophylactic treatment. ...Read more

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I have raw sores on the neck of my penis. When I have sex with my wife it hurts. I have been tested for genital herpes with a result of negative. It's like being rubbed raw. I am 58yo and my urine flow is not like it used to be. I dribble, getting some ur

I have raw sores on the neck of my penis. When I have sex with my wife it hurts. I have been tested for genital herpes with a result of negative. It's like being rubbed raw. I am 58yo and my urine flow is not like it used to be. I dribble, getting some ur

Sometime : Sometime a yeast infection can affect a man's penis. If it is present it can cause raw denuded area of pain, irritation, and often times itching. You can try an over the counter cream like Clotrimazole twice a day for a few weeks. If this does not work ask your doctor for an dditional work up or referral to a urologist, especially since it sounds like you have some prostate issues as well . All the best. ...Read more

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Is type 1 genital herpes painful?

Here are some ...: The page still shows this Q still unanswered although I did it. So, I repeated; HSV-1 genital herpes can cause itching, sore, and pain as that from HSV-2. More detail? To http://www.livestrong.com/article/49176-symptoms-type-genital-herpes/. Best wish.. ...Read more

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Why does some genital herpes hurt?

Why does some genital herpes hurt?

Nerve irritation: All forms of herpes can cause a burning stinging type of pain. Herpes viruses are stored in nerve cell bodies and when activated cause irritation of the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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What can help genital herpes symptoms?

Not much: You can be treated with antivirals which will help to shorten the duration of active lesions, and capsaicin-containing preparations will help to numb the area after the initial burning they cause, but otherwise, simple pain medications can alleviate some of the discomfort. ...Read more

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What exactly does genital herpes look like?

Usually open lesions: With redness around them, but sometimes the skin and introital region can just look red with no lesions, please see your gyn asap for an exam and culture. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more