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Can One Die From Hsv1
Tested negative for hsv2 three times. Two cultures and one blood test. Could it be hsv1? Genitally?
Yes to both: Always a possibitlity. Repeat test if needed. That said, does it really matter? Talk to your doctor about the treatment regimen available for each strain (same: anti-viral meds). It used to be hsv-1 was oral; hsv-2 genital. With increased oral sexual activity, the portal of infection becomes irrelevant. Cold sores (oral or genital) are recurrent infections and highly contagious. ...Read more
How high (%) are chances of passing on HSV1 with an active sore through kissing and oral sex? Does the other one automatically have HSV1, too?
HSV1 transmission: There is no way to know the exact risk. For sure the partner will not "automatically" be infected. Among other things, many people have HSV1 but don't know it; they will not be infected, because the immune system prevents reinfection with the same HSV type. But for sure the infected person should avoid exposing other persons by kissing or performaing oral sex during outbreaks. ...Read more
My Gyno did some blood wrk to chk for herpes I believe igg hsv1 & hsv2 came bk positive. I've only been w/ one man my husband how did I get hsv2?
Tricky herpes: The truth is, herpes has been affecting us humans for a long time-and so it's actually 'adapted' to us. In other words, it doesn't always cause a terrible flare up of herpes rashes. In fact, only 5% of all patients who are infected have symptoms. That means the other 95% may not have anything-just the virus is there, going along for a free ride as viruses are known to do. Talk to your GYN about it ...Read more
Dr did blood work for herpes & came bk + for hsv1 and hsv2. How is it I have Hsv2 if I have only had one sex partner my husband?
Depends on the test: The test could be positive for "Herpes 1 and 2" without being able to tell the difference between "1 and 2". The better test could be "positive for Herpes 1" and "positive for Herpes 2" because the better test can tell the difference between "1 and 2". So, the first thing is to find out which test was done. If unsure, one can go do the better test (HerpeSelect). ...Read more
I browsed in net and it says that the hsv1 virus cannot stay outside very long. But I did not kissed anyone. Iam worried why I might get Oral herpes.
Can someone be infected with both hsv1 & hsv2? Or once you're infected with one you can't get the other type? What's the best antiviral for hsv? Help!
If I already have oral HSV1, can I also get genital HSV1 from unprotected sex with my wife. I've read where a person can't have it in more than one area of the body?
Little if any risk: Once infected with HSV (HSV1 or HSV2), people are resistant to new infection with the same type, anywhere on the body. Having oral HSV1, you are at little if any risk for a genital HSV1 infection. Don't push your luck; avoid contact when your wife has an obvious outbreak. Otherwise, no worries. Infection can occur at more than one site, but usually only if both sites are infected at the same time. ...Read more
Just found out I have hsv1 but I get no outbreak. Should I take medication? The doctor said if you do get one she will prescribe me Valtrex (valacyclovir)
Can HSV1 genitally cause one swollen lymph node in the groin during primary outbreak? Also, is it rare to spread HSV1 to partners during vaginal sex?
I got a cold sore for the first time and scared me to death. But since i have what theyy call "hsv1" is it likelyy to get genital herpes faster!?
No risk, no worries: Probably you have had your oral HSV1 infection a long time, even though you've only had your first outbreak. Half of all adults have oral HSV1. Oral HSV1 is not likely to ever infect your genital area; you are immune to transferring it to anywhere else on your body. Having HSV1 makes you slightly less susceptible to HSV2, the usual cause of genital herpes. ...Read more
Had 3 small pimples on penis. Two on the shaft one on the head. Hsv 2 neg and hsv1 pos. 2 weeks later look better but have 4 fluid filled pimples?
Is it possible to trasnmit HSV1 through a spit droplet? Someone (who gets cold sores but didn't have an active one) spit on my lip while talking.
My husband gave me genital herpes through a canker sore--but his STD test came back negative for hsv1? Why is that? I have only had one sexual partner: my husband. I contracted genital herpes because he had a canker sore in his mouth and performed oral se
The tests for viral presence and accurate identification (hsv-1 and hsv-2) are not 100% accurate. They tend to look for antibodies for the particular virus, which may not have yet been detectable when the test was performed.
A re-test with one of the newer screening tests is advisable. ...Read more
Cold sores: Initial symptoms may be more severe than just cold sores. Fever, lymphadenopathy, malaise, and rash of the affected area. This is usually more common in children and infants and sometimes is mistaken for a bad teething episode. Secondary infections are almost always cold sores. ...Read more
Very Easy: Kissing can spread it, using the same silverware, the same toothbrush, etc. It cannot be spread unless you are in an "active" phase, but the active phase starts before the lesion appears, so theoretically someone who has hsv-1 is always contagious. Talk to your dentist about valcyclovir and take a look at abreva (otc). These 2 medicines shorted the outbreak and decrease future outbreaks. ...Read more
Unsure: I realize that your question has been present for some time. I am unsure what you are specifically asking. Do you have the results of a test that you want explained? Do you want to know when you need a test? What are hsv1 and hsv2 might be your question? It is unclear to me and others. Please clarify your intent. Thanks. ...Read more
Hsv1: It is most often soreson the border of the lip where it meets the skin around the mouth, especialy between the upper lip and the nose. It is a cluster of little vesicles that eventualy break open and weep, forming a yellowish crust. Many patients say their lip tingles prior to an outbreak. In some patients they can be painful, but asymptomatic in others. See your physician and get treated. ...Read more
Discussing results: The doctor ordering the tests should be the one discussing the results with you. Call and ask. ...Read more
Valtrex (valacyclovir): For recurrent oral herpes 2 grams of Valtrex (valacyclovir) as soon as symptoms begin and 2 grams 12 hours later can help reduce the duration and size of lesions. If you have a dentist with a laser in the area, laser treatments are very effective. For info click here...http://www.laserdentistbaltimore.com/mouth-ulcer-and-cold-sore-laser-treatment/ ...Read more
HIV: Statistics are meaningless because many people with HIV disease are unaware that they have it and have not been diagnosed. Therefore, there is a large uncounted pool out there. Symptoms of acute disease do occur, usually as a mononucleosis-like syndrome, but there may be none until the patient is profoundly immune suppressed. If you want numbers, go to cdc website. ...Read more
Salivary exchange: The short and simple answer to this is to not exchange saliva with an infected person. If they are infected and the virus is not active, the risk of transmission is lower. Contact with an infectious area of the skin during re-activations of the virus via kissing is to be avoided for the least amount of risk. ...Read more
Yes: Hsv type 1 and type 2 infections are chronic/life long. Even without a flare up, the virus is produced by your cells at low levels and you can be contagious. Not all causes of flare-ups are clear; they tend to occur during times when the immune system is decreased. This can occur with stress, fighting other infections (like a cold) or with certain meds. Certain meds can decrease contagiousness. ...Read more
Depends on test used: The question really hinges on exactly what test was used (there are several), so you will need to discuss this in detail with your healthcare provider. Some HSV antibody tests have high rates of false positives and false negatives. You can read a discussion about some complexity with this question at https://www.statnews.com/2017/01/26/herpes-testing-false-positives/ ...Read more
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