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Can A Man With Herpes Have Children
Sexual safety: There really isn't anything called "safe sex" except with a mutually monogamous partner with a known negative and STD tested sexual history. Herpes active lesions are very capable to transmit the infection to others. The herpes virus has been known to shed from the site after healing for up to 21 days. Condoms are useless if the lesions are on the scrotum and not the penis. Use sexual safety! ...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
Not have Herpes!: I am assuming you have herpes, since you would have not asked the question. Both type 1 and 2 herpes are not site specific, ie. Oral and genital types occur in both places. Viral contact with oral or genital areas is requisite. You can shed virus and not be aware of a lesion. Medications: valtex or Famvir (famciclovir) can lessen the likelyhood of transmission, as well as prevent outbreaks! Barrier protection! ...Read more
Ulcers!: Genital herpes is a viral infection that most commonly presents w/ painful sores or ulcers in the genital area. 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. Culture of lesion diagnostic. ...Read more
If I have herpes 2 can I give it to my children? What should I stop doing now that I found out I have it?
Herpes Two: Herpes two is found (90% of the time) somewhere between the belly button and the thighs. If you do not know where you are infected then there is little we can do other than to make sure your partner is also tested. If your partner is not infected with herpes two then you can go on medication to suppress the viral shedding by about 50%. ...Read more
Hello, my boyfriend has herpes and I don't. I would love to find a way for us to have children with him passing it to our children and me?
Should be easy: Almost everyone in this situation has healthy babies without problems. Your partner needs to be on anti-herpes treatment (e.g. valacyclovir), which will lower the chance of transmission to you. You can then have unprotected sex during your fertile (mid-cycle) days. Once you conceive, it will be important to prevent new infection in the last 3 months of pregnancy. Discuss with your gyn. Good luck! ...Read more
If a man has herpes but has no signs of a breakout can he receive oral without passing it to his partner?
Problematic: Asymptomatic men have the potential to shed this virus, but less frequently than women. If you have been intimate with this man previously the probability is that you already have been exposed to this virus which is inordinately common. Only you can determine whether the risk is worth the benefits. If you want her to be pregnant, see an ob/gyn doctor and both of you discuss the issue. ...Read more
Site matters: Newborns can acquire herpes during their transit thru a contaminated birth canal. When it happens it can trigger a devastating encephalitis or death. The germ can also cause cold sores that can affect people at almost any age. The herpes type can be the same or differ from the one most often thought of as a STI. Any genital herpes in kids should be considered sexual abuse unless proven otherwise ...Read more
No: Patients with herpes 1 encephalitis are very sick and require hospitalization and intravenous Acyclovir treatment. Persons with herpes 2 meningitis are less severely ill but still quite sick. In both situations the infections are only contageous by direct contact with the herpes skin lesions. ...Read more
How easy is it to pass herpes from a woman to man? And what about if both are on anti viral medication?
Herpes Newest INFO:
Gender has nothing to do with this. Herpes viruses do not discriminate.
So here is what we know:
a person with hsv 2, the 'genital' form of herpes can shed virus irregularly and without sores. Medication can lower this risk by 50% but not more than that. A person who already has hsv 2 cannot get it again.
The same goes for the hsv 1, the simplex virus. I am unsure why you are both on meds. ...Read more
Can a man have herpes only on his butt close to his lower back. With no pain during outbreak but still spread it?
I think I have herpes, it's terrifying but I need to know if I can ever have unprotected sex to try and have children without infecting my partner?
First get checked: Before you drive yourself crazy, get a test for herpes, than depending on the results, sit down with your dr. And discuss the future you will have and what you will need to do to prevent the spread of infection. There are also several medications that can help you if positive for genital herpes. ...Read more
Even if they don't show any sign of infection, people carrying the genital herpes virus can infect a sex partner 10% of the time.
The finding comes from a large study that collected daily genital swabs from nearly 500 people infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the genital herpes virus. Many (18%) thought they were uninfected, but found out they out they were herpes carriers. ...Read more
How likely is a man to contract herpes with a condom? I had protected sex with a stranger and it made me curious.
Herpes 1, if you don't have any breakouts, can you kiss your children and not worry about spreading it. What about sharing a bathroom towel?
Yes and yes: Without an outbreak, the chance of transmission is low by kissing and the virus is never transmitted by towels. Based on this and other questions, you are far more worried than necessary. This isn't a big deal! Half of all people get oral herpes, and it could happen to your kids. But that's most likely from other children (e.g. in day care, school, etc) and not from your infection. ...Read more
Unlikely: The main extragenital complications of gential herpes simplex infection include hsv meningitis and proctitits. I don't know of any occurrences of hsv orchitis in men or involvement of the seminal vesicles, bulbourethrals, or prostate, which may affect male fertility. Similarly, female fertility is unlikely to be affected by hsv alone. The main concern is vertical transmission during pregnancy. ...Read more
Take antiviral meds: A fetus (unborn baby) can catch herpes from the mother before labor and delivery. Such transmission of the herpes virus is uncommon but does occur sometimes. It happens more often if the mom catches herpes for the first time while she is pregnant. Most of the newborns with herpes caught it during or soon after the birth process. The mother can take antivirals from late pregnancy through delivery. ...Read more
Can you tell me if a man has low white blood cells but his girlfriend has herpes could he have it to?
Regardless of WBC: Count, the man might also have a herpetic infection. However, it may not be readily obvious if he does not have active lesions. ...Read more
What is genital herpes? Does it occur in both men and women? If so, what are the symptoms in both cases?
Herpes is an STD: Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection, that occurs in both men and women. Many people who have it don't know they have it because they may have few to absent symptoms. Symptoms are different for different people, but many people describe a tingling, burning, or itchy sensation with or without little blisters. Symptoms can be very mild or very severe. It is a very common virus. ...Read more
If a man has anal sex with a women with stage 2 herpes will he be infected if it was her first time doing anal?
Hi, I'm 33 and I've been diagnosed with herpes zoster. I had unprotected passive sex 3 weeks ago with a man who might have syphilis. Are the 2 related?
No: Herpes zoster (shingles) is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact. Shingles is a viral infection, syphilis is a bacterial infection. ...Read more
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