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How can stop the transmission of genital herpes to my partner without absance from sex? Will my sex life be normal again?

How can stop the transmission of genital herpes to my partner without absance from sex? Will my sex life be normal again?

Herpes: Do you know where you are contagious? Do you know if it is type 1 or type 2? If you do not then it is most likely somewhere between your belly button and thigh. This means that condoms may not prevent transmission of the virus. If your partner is negative for type 2 then you may consider going on valacyclovir to lessen your contagiousness. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

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I have genital herpes and the blisters are now bleeding. Is that normal?

Genital Herpes: Treatment with antiviral drugs can help people who are bothered by genital herpes outbreaks stay symptom-free longer. These drugs can also reduce the severity and duration of symptoms when they do flare up. Drug therapy is not a cure, but it can make living with the condition easier.
There are three major drugs commonly used to treat genital herpes symptoms: zovirax, famvir, and valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Noticing Grayish vaginal discharge as my genital herpes heal is that normal?

Noticing Grayish vaginal discharge as my genital herpes heal is that normal?

Vaginitis: Sorry to say but I think you may have more than one problem here. A grayish vaginal discharge can come from bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas, gonorrhea, chlamydia or possibly other disease. I hope u can get this checked out promptly. Remember also to always try and practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the genital herpes virus live outside of the body?

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Normally, how long would the genital herpes virus live outside of the body?

Not long: On most surfaces, maximum survival is measured in a matter of seconds. It may be prolonged on warm, wet surfaces, but it still remains a very delicate virus outside the body. ...Read more

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Is it normal for light bleeding during intercourse after an outbreak of Genital herpes has been treated?

Is it normal for light bleeding during intercourse after an outbreak of Genital herpes has been treated?

Not necessarily: If you are bleeding from healing herpetic lesions, then it's possible. Otherwise, if you are bleeding from your vagina, this would be atypical and assume that it is unrelated to herpes. ...Read more

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Can u have genital herpes symptoms with no active sore. Have mild constant burning, GYN said everything looked normal. Maybe bubble bath irritated me?

Can u have genital herpes symptoms with no active sore. Have mild constant burning, GYN said everything looked normal. Maybe bubble bath irritated me?

Sometimes: Vaginal irritation is a symptom that some people with herpes experience. Itching and pain are more common. Usually they can see a lesion at the area that has the discomfort. If you are concerned you can schedule a visit for an exam and testing. ...Read more

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I got a cold sore on my lip and noticed a sore on my vagina as well. Is it normal to have both outbreaks? I am diagnosed with genital herpes

I got a cold sore on my lip and noticed a sore on my vagina as well. Is it normal to have both outbreaks? I am diagnosed with genital herpes

Probably coincidence: Most likely it's just a coincidence that both your herpes infections have had outbreaks at the same time. However, oral herpes outbreaks often are triggered by other viral infections (hence the names cold sore, fever blister). Genital HSV2 outbreaks usually have no obvious trigger, but it could happen that something has triggered both simultaneously. ...Read more

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If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when I gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but I'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te

If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when I gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but I'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te

Make: Make sure you both are tested for hsv type 1 and 2. It was previously thought that type 1 was only localzed to the mouth and type 2 to the genitals, but that is not correct. Also consider the fact that your gilrfriend already carried the virus and you did not give it to her by giving her oral sex.
Take care. ...Read more

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A friend of mine had genital herpes, she is complaining about getting swollen lymph nodes in the neck & pimples on chest. Is it normal?

Two kinds of Herpes: Genital herpes does not affect face or upper part of the body. The symptoms you describe need medical attention. Consult your medical doctor. Hope this is helpful information. ...Read more

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Could genital herpes ruin your life?

Having genital: Herpes may require one to adapt some behaviors but should not ruin one's life. ...Read more

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How has genital herpes really affected your life?

Has not: My life has not been affected. But people with this disorder can have multiple problems, including recurrent painful lesions, fear of transmission to partners and to babies at time of delivery, and there are those who may have recurrent episodes of meningitis (mollaret's meningitis). ...Read more

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How could my life be different if I had genital herpes?

More to cope...: As we age, we have to continually learn more & more on how to cope with managing "endless" events inside personal visible and invisible worlds. With this context in mind, adding genital herpes will bring more hassles to the affected to manage. So, life is a process of constant struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty of daily living for survival, growth, and continuation. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes do I have to take acyclovir for the rest of my life?

I have genital herpes do I have to take acyclovir for the rest of my life?

It depends: Genital herpes is caused by a virus. Usually, even after treatment, it returns. Sometimes you get new lesions very often and sometimes only once or twice a year. The good news is that eventually it "burns out" and no longer returns. The bad news is that it may happen quickly or take a few years of outbreaks until it stops. ...Read more

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I've had hsv1 my hole life. I gave my boyfriend oral with a coldsore and then had unprotected sex. What are the chances of me getting genital herpes?

HSV1: Cold sores spread from person to person by close personal contact, such as kissing. Cold sores are caused by a herpes simplex virus (hsv-1) closely related to the one that causes genital herpes (hsv-2). Both of these herpes simplex viruses can affect your mouth or your genitals, and can be spread via oral sex. In this situation you may get them especially since you were having an outbreak. ...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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I picked at my cold sore and then touched my vagina. I put rubbing alcohol all over my vagina, what do I do now? I've had cold sores all my life, and rarely washed my hands before wiping, touching, etc. But haven't come up with genital herpes.

I picked at my cold sore and then touched my vagina. I put rubbing alcohol all over my vagina, what do I do now? I've had cold sores all my life, and rarely washed my hands before wiping, touching, etc. But haven't come up with genital herpes.

Stop Picking!: If you have recurrent cold sores, you may benefit from being on long term prophylactic (preventative) anti-viral agent (such as valcyclovir).. Don't pick your cold sores (it will only spread the virus) and don't ever use alcohol around the vagina. You're at increased risk of spreading the virus to other parts of your body and your partner's body, so please consult your md for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes genital herpes?

Virus: Caused by herpes virus and spread by skin-to-skin contact. ...Read more

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How common is genital herpes?

...: About 1 in 6 people have genital herpes. The centers for disease control estimates that about 776, 000 people acquire genital herpes each year in the United States. ...Read more

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How can I get genital herpes?

How can I get genital herpes?

...: You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

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How do you get genital herpes?

How do you get genital herpes?

...: You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

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How can I treat genital herpes?

How can I treat genital herpes?

...: Genital herpes can be treated with several different medications including acyclovir, Famciclovir and valacyclovir. Treatment can be offered as the outbreaks occur. But if someone has multiple frequent outbreaks, consideration can be given to suppressive therapy (i.e. Take medication daily to prevent outbreaks). Talk to your doctor about your options. ...Read more

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How do you treat genital herpes?

Treatable, not cured: Genital herpes is caused by various strains of herpes virus which are sexually transmitted. Once in the skin, it cannot be cured, and tends to cause intermittent outbreaks of rash/symptoms. Outbreaks can be shortened/less severe with oral or topical antiviral agents, such as Zovirax. Once daily oral agents can be used long term to prevent or diminish episodes. Safe sex to avoid transmission. ...Read more

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What are signs of genital herpes?

What are signs of genital herpes?

Sx hsv 2: Symptoms could include dysuria, tingling and burning, with or without eruption of blisters, or painful ulcerations. ...Read more

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Genital herpes how can it spread?

Genital herpes how can it spread?

Herpes: Herpes is transmitted skin to skin from the site on your skin where you are infected. ...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)

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