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Doctor insights on: Asympomatic Herpes

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If I have a asymptomatic herpes, should I take medication?

If I have a asymptomatic herpes, should I take medication?

If you are sexually: Active you should take a medication to decrease viral shedding to prevent spread of the herpes which you can do even when you are asymptomatic. ...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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If a monogamus couple both have asymptomatic herpes, should they take medication?

Treatment Yes: If they have an outbreak yes. But, if the herpes is the same there is no need for suppressing viral shedding in the scenario you describe. ...Read more

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If me and my wife have asymptomatic herpes, should we worry about the birth of our child? Is it a very low chance of anything happening?

If me and my wife have asymptomatic herpes, should we worry about the birth of our child? Is it a very low chance of anything happening?

OB can manage: The worst cases are more likely when mom has an initial outbreak (infection) at the time of delivery. At that time neither she or baby would have any antibodies to herpes and progressive herpes encephalitis/death is possible. With asymptomatic herpes there is less but some risk, mom & babe would have some antibodies, and OB's can plan a c-section before the water breaks if an outbreak occurs. ...Read more

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Can I live normal life with asymptomatic herpes type 2?

Yes: Even if you are asymptomatic you could still be shedding virus so practicing safe sex is important. ...Read more

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How contagious can type 2 herpes can be and spreads to other family members? Its asymptomatic one, any preventions?

Lesions contagious: You are most contagious when lesions are present and exposed. It is best transmitted via the mucous membranes, oral or genital, even if asymptomatic. Be well. ...Read more

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Is a asymptomatic carrier of both herpes virus still be contagious?

Yes, sometimes...: People who have gotten herpes 1 or herpes 2 will sometimes shed virus while having no symptoms. They are contagious during the shedding, but they can't tell when they are shedding. They are more contagious during an outbreak, because there are a lot more viruses there during an outbreak. ...Read more

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If I had asymptomatic herpes, and had sex with a girl, could she show symptoms even though I don't show symptoms?

If I had asymptomatic herpes, and had sex with a girl, could she show symptoms even though I don't show symptoms?

Heroes: There are two different herpes. Herpes is transmitted through viral shedding. Having a sore or not having a sore has no correlation to when one is contagious through viral shedding. 90% of people with herpes do not get sores but are still contagious. ...Read more

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Is it possible to asymptomatic virally shed herpes from the oral region to genital region? Believe I've had OHSV1 forever, scared of autoinnoculation.

Is it possible to asymptomatic virally shed herpes from the oral region to genital region? Believe I've had OHSV1 forever, scared of autoinnoculation.

Possible: Herpes can be shed without an outbreak. Most ppl shed for about 72 hours before they break out in ulcers. So, in theory, you could shed virus to your partner. Especially if they get infected, they could spread the virus to your genitals. ...Read more

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If I tested positive for genital herpes blood test when I am asymptomatic is it conclusive?

If I tested positive for genital herpes blood test when I am asymptomatic is it conclusive?

Yes: The blood test lets us know that you have the virus lying dormant in your body some where. When your immune system is otherwise compromised due to stress, malnutrition, lack of sleep or other infection the virus will come out of hiding and give the classic symptoms of very small, painful/itchy vesicles ...Read more

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What is the probability of transmitting genital herpes from asymptomatic shedding and is it possible to get it from blood or semen?

What is the probability of transmitting genital herpes from asymptomatic shedding and is it possible to get it from blood or semen?

If someone has asymp: Shedding then it can be transmitted that is one of teh main ways people get it from someone else cause one person is shedding the virus and does not realize it, Valtrex (valacyclovir) everyday will prevent that. ...Read more

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Been married 4 years. No cheating. If I test positive for genital herpes in blood test, is it worth it to take medication if we are asymptomatic?

No, don't: Antibodies to genital herpes do not mean that you have an active infection. Frequently, old serological tests cannot distinguish between hsv1 and 2. Its a possibility that you have an infection that is silent and can transmit virus. So, be cautious and use protection during intercourse. ...Read more

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I'm married no cheat. If I test positive for genital herpes (blood) and we're both asymptomatic, should we just move on with our sex life with no worries?

I'm married no cheat. If I test positive for genital herpes (blood) and we're both asymptomatic, should we just move on with our sex life with no worries?

Herpes: That all depends on the gender of your partner, and their HSV 2 status. If they are also already infected there is nothing more to do. If they are female and not infected then you going on suppression medication to lower the risk of viral shedding and transmission of this infection to your partner then that must be decided between you both. ...Read more

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Herpes on peni, s what will make it go away?

Herpes on peni, s what will make it go away?

See your doctor: There are treatments for herpes, but there is no cure for herpes it is forever. ...Read more

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What are the effects of s.T.D.S, herpes, and aids?

What are the effects of s.T.D.S, herpes, and aids?

Multiple: Too numerous to discus here. Best is to search the cdc website. Most have neurologic side effects with opportunistic infections ultimately causing death after overwhelming the immune system. ...Read more

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Is oral herpes is an s.T.I or not? If not what are other causes?

Is oral herpes is an s.T.I or not? If not what are other causes?

Herpes virus: Oral herpes (hsv1) is most often from physical contact with an infected individual. Genital herpes (hsv2) is most often always contracted from sexual contact, and few cases have been shown of hsv1 coming from oral-genital contact, but the two are all but indistinguishable from each other. Maby the answer to your question is can you get herpes by not having sex, answer is yes. Just contact. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

Virus family: Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex I & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

Virus infection: Herpes is a family of various viruses that can be responsible for different diseases. Herpes simplex causes the typical cold or fever blister on the lips and face. Herpes varicella zoster is reponsible for chicken pox, and then can cause shingles. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

A family of viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

A family of viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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Signs of herpes?

Signs of herpes?

Painful ulcers: Genital herpes is a viral infection that most commonly presents w/ painful sores or ulcers in the genital area (boxer short distribution). Outbreak can start as pain & itching. There may be small red bumps or tiny white blisters. Some pts have pain w/ urinating, recurrent vaginal irritation, painful lymph nodes in groin, pain down leg. Inital outbreak may feel like flu. Sometimes no symptoms. ...Read more

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Types of herpes?

Types of herpes?

8 in humans: There are 25 known herpes viruse, 8 of which infect humans. The types are: 1, cold sores; 2 genital herpes; ebv mononucleosis; CMV causes retinitis in hiv; varicella causes chickenpox and shingles; herpes virus 6 causes roseola; and herpes virus 8 causes kaposi's sarcoma. ...Read more

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Idk if I have herpes?

Cultures can help: HSV1 and HSV2 have similar morphology and natural history. Recurrent small grouped vesicles occurring on a reddened base, usually painful and found on the oral lips and genital areas are the most common symptoms. About 85% of the pop has HSV1 and 25+% have HSV2. Genital herpes may also be due to HSV1. Viral cultures and blood tests, antibody tests, are positive. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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How prevalent is herpes?

How prevalent is herpes?

50 million in US: Nearly 28% were infected by herpes simplex 2 virus in a survey of new york city adult population. Prevalence is estimated to be 50 million in usa. ...Read more

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How is herpes contracted?

How is herpes contracted?

Herpes Simplex: The herpes simplex virus-1 is most often the cause of cold sores. It can be spread to the mouth or lips through activities like kissing. It can spread to the genitals by mouth to genital contact or genital to genital contact. Herpes simplex virus -2 can be spread through vaginal, anal ; oral sex. ...Read more

Asymptomatic (Definition)

This is when a given condition is present but it’s not ...Read more