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Are Toilet Seats A Hot Zone To Contract Herpes Type 2
...: Most people with genital herpes have no symptoms or mild non-specific symptoms that are not enough to cause them alarm. The “classic” symptoms are blisters or ulcers on the genitals, rectum or mouth. These can take 2-4 weeks to heal. The first episode can be accompanied by fever, headache and body aches. Repeated outbreaks are common. There is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk. ...Read more
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
It's an STD: Clarification to previous reply: "Active lesions" are not necessary to transmit. In people with HSV2, the virus is often present in the genital area without symptoms, and herpes often is caught from infected partners who don't know they are infected and/or who don't have an apparent outbreak at the time. Your partner also needs to be checked for infection, even if s/he hasn't noticed anything. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Contagious but...: Herpes is a contagious std which is at its most contagious when you have active lesions.When lesions are not present, the disease can still be contagious but less so. Things that can reduce the odds of spreading to your partner are avoiding sex with active lesions, using anti-viral suppressive meds daily (your doc can help with this) and condoms, but nothing is perfect. Try www.Herpes.Org for info. ...Read more
Acyclovir/ valtrex (valacyclovir): Depending on the severity and frequency of your outbreaks, different treatment regimens are used. Some people have such infrequent outbreaks that they are on no treatment at all. For frequent, recurring outbreaks, daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) may be used to suppress the outbreaks. For some people, instead of taking daily suppressive medicine, they begin oral Acyclovir or Valtrex (valacyclovir) at the first sign of an outbreak. ...Read more
Details matter: How do you know if you have hsv1 or 2? Sometimes genital herpes is type 1. Most people already have type 1 and cannot get it from another person. Has your boyfriend had a blood test to define his herpes status? Most people who harbor herpes, type 1 or 2 or both, have no symptoms and are not aware that they already have it. Ask again after you know the details. ...Read more
Dormant: Hsv 2 can lie dormant for many years. You could have contracted it 20 years ago, and just discover it now. When you are exposed to the virus initially, it causes an immune reaction, and those antibodies will always be present in your blood stream. The virus incorporates itself into your cells and stays there until your immune system is weak, at which point it comes out to bother you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: No, your baby will not automatically have herpes. It is more likely for your baby to become infected if you have an active lesion/ outbreak at the time of delivery. In this case, your doctor will recommend c-section for delivery. To prevent outbreaks close to time for delivery, you should take an antiviral in the 3rd trimester. ...Read more
I am in the medical field and contacted herpes type 2 on my arm. How can I treat it? How cautious should I be?
Valtrex (valacyclovir): Also zovirax (acyclovir), (acyclovir) Acyclovir and topical zovirax (acyclovir) ointment can be used to treat herpes. It decreases symptoms and shedding time of the virus but is not a cure. Contagion is a critical issue if you work with newborns or people who are immune compromised. In healthy individuals it is highly unlikely to be contracted without intimate contact or without direct contact to mucous membrane or broken skin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls.Some will have skin leasions(blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile.Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone is infected with herpes type 2 and may have only been infected 3 months ago, would white cell count be normal now?
I have herpes type 2. My wife wants a child. If we have unprotected sex while im not having a outbreak, will she still get my disease?
Unlkely but: Even though most of the time if you have sex without an outbreak it is safe.But some recurring outbreaks may have little or no symptoms or a very tiny lesion may be there and you are not aware of it, so there is a small risk another option is that you consult your doctor and go on suppresive therapy with antibiotics like famciclovir, valaciclovir or acyclovri acyclovir can be used by pregnant mothe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers