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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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If tested positve for herpes simplex virus one is it effective to pass it on to my partner?

If tested positve for herpes simplex virus one is it effective to pass it on to my partner?

HSV 1: HSV 1 is the "cold sore" virus & blood tests can show if u've been exposed (& therefore infected with) the virus. Some people never know it, because they don't get the blistery outbreak-but they can still be an infectious risks to others-from saliva if we're talking HSV 1. HSV 2 is genital herpes which lives in the genital tract. People are having more oral sex, which means some crossover occurs. ...Read more

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How can the herpes simplex virus develop when neither partner has the virus?

How can the herpes simplex virus develop when neither partner has the virus?

Kissing: One of the ways the herpes simplex virus can develop outside of a sexual relationship is through kissing and passage of oral herpes (hsv-1). Many families, friends and cultures still greet each other with a kiss! ...Read more

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What type of herpes simplex virus causes cold sores?

What type of herpes simplex virus causes cold sores?

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. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does herpes simplex virus, nos mean?

Please tell me what does herpes simplex virus, nos mean?

Infection: That means that the person has been infected with a herpes virus. "nos" means not otherwise specified. ...Read more

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Can the herpes simplex virus be transmitted via kissing?

Yes: Herpes simplex 1 or less commonly 2 can be spread by kissing with or without visible lesions on the lips. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the reasons HSV (herpes simplex virus) infects the human body?

Exposure: It's a kind of virus that can infect anyone it encounters. There is no 'reason' why; it just is that way. ...Read more

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Could you die from herpes labialis which is caused by the herpes simplex virus.?

Could you die from herpes labialis which is caused by the herpes simplex virus.?

In general: In an immunocompetent host (a person with a healthy immune system), a herpes simplex infection is not accepted as a disease process that causes significant mortality (deaths) or morbidity (health related hardships). ...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


Condoms (Definition)

These are mostly closed end tubes of latex and occasionally other materials to cover the penis during intercourse and prevent pregnancy and disease transmission. A wise person uses them when the history of their partner is unknown. There are some available for women's use ...Read more