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Can I still hug and kiss my family members if I have hepatitis c?

Can I still hug and kiss my family members if I have hepatitis c?

Absolutely: Casual contact like hugging, kissing, and sharing dishes will not transmit hepatitis c. Nursing a baby won't. Heterosexual sex with a monogamous long term partner is very unlikely to transmit hepatitis c. However, do not share anything that might have even tiny amounts of blood on it like toothbrushes, razors, nail or hair clippers. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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I have hsv-1 (cold sores) and I have never had an outbreak or felt symptons. I wanted to know if im contagious to my family and life partner.

I have hsv-1 (cold sores) and I have never had an outbreak or felt symptons. I wanted to know if im contagious to my family and life partner.

Herpes: Yes. Of course you are. But, unfortunately there is no test that can tell us where and when you are shedding virus and are contagious. We now know that having an outbreak or not is, in no way, predictive of contagion. ...Read more

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Want to get pregnant again. My son is 3. So scared of CMV, I have been sharing spoons with him and have kissed and now I am scared I might have it. ?

Want to get pregnant again. My son is 3. So scared of CMV, I have been sharing spoons with him and have kissed and now I am scared I might have it. ?

Discuss with Ur doc: CMV is only a risk to a newborn if you have it for the 1st time during the pregnancy.Future exposures would not give you a new case. If your doc can test you & show you have had it in the past you can stop obsessing over the issue. ...Read more

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If I was diagnosed with hsv1 should my boyfriend get tested too? We haven't had sex but we wanted to & now I'm afraid to even kiss him or someone else. I've never had cold sores or any symptoms Is it still OK to perform oral sex to my boyfriend? If I k

If I was diagnosed with hsv1 should my boyfriend get tested too? 
We haven't had sex but we wanted to & now I'm afraid to even kiss him or someone else.
I've never had cold sores or any symptoms
Is it still OK to perform oral sex to my boyfriend?  
If I k

Probably safe: Just a positive blood test for HSV1, right? Without any symptoms of oral or genital herpess? If so, there is little risk to your partner. 20-50% of adults in the US have postive HSV1 tests and most part don't transmit the virus to anyone. If you ever have a possible outbreak (an otherwise unexplained oral or genital sore), don't expose your partner at that time. Otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more

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I was recently told I had mono. Am i contagious and can i give it to my boyfriend if we kiss or if we performs oral sex on each other?

I was recently told I had mono. Am i contagious and can i give it to my boyfriend if we kiss or if we performs oral sex on each other?

Yes: Mono is caused by the Ebstein Barr virus. It is moderately contagious through body fluid contact. It can be transmitted by kissing and by oral sex. Many people are already immune to it without knowing that they had it. I would recommend avoiding contagious behaviors for 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Will my boyfriend catch my herpes 2 if we always use a condom and i'm on acyclovir? I have been diagnosed with herpes 2 after my child's father told me to get tested. I have a new boyfriend now that I have told about the circumstance and he still wants to

Will my boyfriend catch my herpes 2 if we always use a condom and i'm on acyclovir? I have been diagnosed with herpes 2 after my child's father told me to get tested. I have a new boyfriend now that I have told about the circumstance and he still wants to

This : This is true, the chances if you continue to do both is very low. In a study of 1484 discordant couples ("discordant" means that one partner had genital herpes and the other did not) for eight months, with half of the couples the infected partner took valtrex, and in the other half the infected partner took placebo (a "sugar" pill), uninfected partners in only 4 of the 743 couples in which the infected partner took valtrex were infected, whereas 16 of 741 developed the infection when placebo was taken. This was a reduction in risk to the uninfected partners of about 50%.In addition, the data indicated that condom use during intimate contact while the infected partner took valtrex every day, only a single uninfected partner developed genital herpes. Here are some references: 1. Corey l, wald a, patel r, sacks sl, tyring sk, warren t, douglas jm jr, paavonen j, morrow ra, beutner kr, stratchounsky ls, mertz g, keene on, watson ha, tait d, vargas-cortes m; valacyclovir hsv transmission study group. Once-daily valacyclovir to reduce the risk of transmission of genital herpes. N engl j med. 2004 jan 1;350(1):11-20. Department of medicine, university of washington, seattle, usa. Lcorey@u.Washington.Edu 2. Corey l, ashley r. Prevention of herpes simplex virus type 2 transmission with antiviral therapy. Herpes. 2004 aug;11 suppl 3:170a-4a. Fred hutchinson cancer research center, 1100 fairview avenue north, 03-100, PO box 19024, seattle, washington, 98109-1024, usa. E-mail: lcorey@u.Washington.Edu. ...Read more

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My mom has had hepatitis since before I was born. I was vaccinated at birth and am immune to the virus. Can I still get it from her and infect others?

My mom has had hepatitis since before I was born. I was vaccinated at birth and am immune to the virus. Can I still get it from her and infect others?

Hepatitis : I assume you are referring to Hepatitis B. If you have immunity from your vaccination then you will not become infected and you will not spread the virus to anyone else. However, sometimes immunity to hepatitis B will wane ten or more years after vaccination. So you may want to consider testing (blood tests for antibody titers) at sometime to be sure that you are still immune. ...Read more

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If my friend has oral gonnohrra and I share a drink can I get it?

If my friend has oral gonnohrra and I share a drink can I get it?

Possibly: if she has not been treated adequately. You should never share drinks. Can also spread by oral sex and deep kissing. ...Read more

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I had gastroenteritis a week ago and now my family members are sick with it. I've recovered from my sickness, but can I catch it from them again?

I had gastroenteritis a week ago and now my family members are sick with it. I've recovered from my sickness, but can I catch it from them again?

Not likely: If it is a viral cause then probably not as you have already been exposed. If it is another cause then it is possible. Please practice good hand washing while your household members are sick. ...Read more

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My friend has glandular fever my blood tests shows i had epstein barr in the past. Am i safe to kiss her or can I re catch it?

My friend has glandular fever my blood tests shows i had epstein barr in the past. Am i safe to kiss her or can I re catch it?

Possibly: As long as she has the illness from the same virus you would be immune.As much as 10% of glandular fever/mono is caused by a variety of other viruses. You also may have acquired immunity to those viruses in childhood. ...Read more

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Ms runs through my family my aunt and my mother both have it should I get tested and if so how do I start?

Ms runs through my family my aunt and my mother both have it should I get tested and if so how do I start?

MS familial: Hi AshdenG, mutiple sclerosis is a neurological demyelinating disease that occurs in families and predominantly in the northern hemisphere, in temperate zones. There is a strong suggestion of there being an inherited aspect. You have no symptoms and diagnosis is largely symptomatic, so you could see Neurology now as baseline then q 2yrs or so until/if you develope symptoms thx ...Read more

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If I don't have hepatitis a,b, or c could my partner have it and me not?

If I don't have hepatitis a,b, or c could my partner have it and me not?

Yes: Hepatitis A (HAV) is contagious via contaminated food, water, Hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) are transmitted through exchange of body fluids; sex, sharing of needles, tattoos, blood transfusions, newborn from an infected mother. HAV is never a chronic illness. HCV and HBV can lead to chronic liver disease. HCV may cause liver failure, liver cancer. Can have infection with no symptoms. Get tested ...Read more

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I have it sex with fingers .... And he kiss me in my vagina ..we kiss each other I have sore throat now I'm very worried if I get HIV .

I have it sex with fingers .... And he kiss me in my vagina ..we kiss each other I have sore throat now I'm very worried if I get HIV .

Not HIV: You didn't get HIV doing what you describe. You might have gonorrhea if he has it in his mouth, or you might have met CMV or infectious mono. Kissing is worth the risk, and I hope you're glad that you found love. ...Read more

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I suffered from genital warts 2 years back and cured with treatment. Is it ok to have unprotected sex with my partner and would i infect them if i did?

I suffered from genital warts 2 years back and cured with treatment. Is it ok to have unprotected sex with my partner and would i infect them if i did?

Genital warts: You received treatment for your visible lesions, but may still have sub-clinical ones not identifiable with the naked eye. Men can undergo an aceto-wash test that can help reveal some genital lesions, but it is not "fool-proof" and I have never performed it in women. Best bet it to always assume that you could "infect" any partner, and should inform them/use "protection" at all times. ...Read more

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I have a friend in my apartment who is contacted with hcv, How do I prevent it from spreading?

I have a friend in my apartment who is contacted with hcv,  How do I prevent it from spreading?

Bodily fluid: Hepatitis C is spread by contact - blood or sexual. It involves introduction of blood from an infected person into the tissues / blood of a non-infected individual. This can happen through needle sticks, needle sharing most commonly. Sexual contact can occur but is not as common and usually involves some sort of break in the mucosa http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/c/cfaq.htm ...Read more

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