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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 guy has oral herpes and kisses his girlfriend but it isn't during an outbreak, can the girl still get it?

If a guy has oral herpes and kisses his girlfriend but it isn't during an outbreak, can the girl still get it?

Yes: The disease can be transmitted without current active lesions, however, it is far less likely than when active lesions are present. ...Read more

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Hello, I wanted to know could you get oral herpes from kissing a person and smoking after a person if they do not have an outbreak? I've went to the d

Hello, I wanted to know could you get oral herpes from kissing a person and smoking after a person if they do not have an outbreak? I've went to the d

Yes: But most people already carry this virus. Probably you are one of them. 90% of people colonized by hsv-1 have no symptoms and are not aware that they are infected. If you already carry this virus there is no risk from exposure to it. ...Read more

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Can you pass oral herpes simplex 1 even without having a outbreak?

Can you pass oral herpes simplex 1 even without having a outbreak?

Yes: While is much more common to occur with symptomatic lesions, it can occur with no visible symptoms or lesions as well. However it is much less likely. ...Read more

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I accidentally placed my mouth on my neice straw who has oral herpes but no outbreak, should I be worried? I'm scared to kiss my husband or son.

I accidentally placed my mouth on my neice straw who has oral herpes but no outbreak, should I be worried? I'm scared to kiss my husband or son.

You should be fine: The prevalence of HSV is around 98% of the population if memory serves me right. That means you and your husband have probably already been exposed at some point previously. On a risk scale, your likelihood of transmitting is low and avoiding contact with them seems an unnecessary precaution. If you develop lesions, see your doctor and then avoid oral contact. Otherwise kiss on! ...Read more

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My boyfriend has oral herpes, if he has an outbreak (cold sores) can I still have anal sex with him unprotected?

My boyfriend has oral herpes, if he has an outbreak (cold sores) can I still have anal sex with him unprotected?

Skin to skin: Herpes is transmitted by skin to skin contact. If he has an outbreak on his mouth then he can transmit herpes to any area his mouth touches. A herpes outbreak on the mouth would not be transmitted via genital to anus contact. Unprotected anal intercourse is a high risk sexual act and condoms should be used. ...Read more

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If me and my partner both have genital herpes and I perform oral sex on him, can I get oral herpes if he's not having an outbreak?

If me and my partner both have genital herpes and I perform oral sex on him, can I get oral herpes if he's not having an outbreak?

A Short Short Answer: A simple question with a potentially VERY complex answer.The short short short answer is Yes...possibly. You see it depends on the virus you have,he has,and the immunity you have developed overall.But even with immunity you can get either, just less probably.Next,you can get it without lesions because the virus can be hanging out there for several days before an outbreak.That's the basics. ...Read more

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If partner has oral herpes type1 and lubricated his genitals with his saliva can I get the virus? And then we proceeded to have unprotected sex. I have oral herpes 1 as well and 2 weeks ago I had my very first outbreak

If partner has oral herpes type1 and lubricated his genitals with his saliva can I get the virus? And then we proceeded to have unprotected sex. I have oral herpes 1 as well and 2 weeks ago I had my very first outbreak

Only temporarily: A woman who already had Herpes 1 a while back, will already have antibodies that stop Herpes 1 viruses. If that saliva-coated penis transferred Herpes 1 viruses into her vagina, she has the viruses temporarily... but only until her antibodies zap them. Thus, if her immune system is working well, her antibodies should prevent new Herpes 1 viruses from taking root on or in her genitals. ...Read more

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If my bf has hsv2 but no active sores and i performed oral sex on him am i at risk for genital herpes or oral herpes? Again he has never had an outbreak and I have no cuts on my mouth. Used mouthwash.

If my bf has hsv2 but no active sores and i performed oral sex on him am i at risk for genital herpes or oral herpes? Again he has never had an outbreak and I have no cuts on my mouth. Used mouthwash.

Theoretically: Herpes virus is shed primarily when lesions are active, but unfortunately it is possible to transmit the virus even when there is no obvious lesions present and thus you are at risk for contacting oral and vaginal infections when exposed. ...Read more

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If had my primary oral herpes outbreak 3 weeks ago but my neck lymph node is still tender and yesterday I had a sore throat that went away by drinking something hot and the lymph node got swollen again is this normal?

If had my primary oral herpes outbreak 3 weeks ago but my neck lymph node is still tender and yesterday I had a sore throat that went away by drinking something hot and the lymph node got swollen again is this normal?

Maybe new problem: Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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I'm starting to think i may have oral herpes. Can it spread to my genitals?

I'm starting to think i may have oral herpes. Can it spread to my genitals?

Potentially: Herpes simplex virus - 1 (oral herpes) infections are less prevalent in the genital region than hsv-2, however this gap is slowly decreasing. In some studies, populations have seen hsv -1 surpass hsv - 2 as the predominant cause of genital herpes. Oral sexual behaviors remain the most common way to spread oral herpes to the genitalia. ...Read more

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If i had the oral herpes virus spread to the gential area, how likely am i to have an out break again and can I still have safe sex?

Yes and Yes. : Yes, you may have an outbreak. Safe sex is defined as condom sex with no lesions. There is a study that showed transmission weakly in the absence of lesions, so use a condom. Outbreak usually are brought on by stress. Go see your family doc to discuss your options. ...Read more

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