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Doctor insights on: Can You Be Immune To Herpes

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Is it possible for some people to be immune to herpes?

Is it possible for some people to be immune to herpes?

In a way: About 80% of the us has been exposed to herpes simplex type 1 (hsv-1) and about 30% to hsv-2. Many people have never had cold sores or genital lesions and have no idea they were exposed unless someone tests their antibodies to these viruses. Once you have herpes it lives in your nerves and might reactivate with stress or other events that decrease the immune system. ...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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If people become immune to herpes after awhile, does that mean they become less infectious or see less outbreaks ?

If people become immune to herpes after awhile, does that mean they become less infectious or see less outbreaks ?

Probably not.: I have never heard of anyone officially 'immune' to herpetic lesions. Herpes is a virus that once exposed, remains in the human body and can be triggered by many known and unknown causes. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between immune system strength and how quickly a person develops herpes antigens after exposure?

Is there a correlation between immune system strength and how quickly a person develops herpes antigens after exposure?

Antigen or antibody: While it is true that some immune suppressed people have a delayed antibody response to an infection, detecting an antigen or, more likely, dna or RNA of a virus (herpes has dna) is not delayed. ...Read more

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If you have herpes, and have strong immune system and the infection haven't shown can you still pass it else were in ur body and be visible else were?

If you have herpes, and  have strong immune system and the infection haven't shown can you still pass it else were in ur body and be visible else were?

Potential is there..: One can still produce an ulceration even with an intact immune system with a herpes infection not not be entirely aware do it . For example, a herpes infection on one buttocks cheek ( it's difficult to see this on your own) can cause the area opposite the original lesion ( the facing buttocks cheek ) to become infected. ...Read more

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If I have genital herpes, could I be immune to oral herpes?

If I have genital herpes, could I be immune to oral herpes?

No: All forms of herpes are caused by a virus that lies latent in the body until it decides to cause external lesions. Once you have the virus it remains in the body and the strength of your immune system plays a role in whether you will exhibit lesions or not. Having one kind does not keep you from having another and actually makes you more likely to have breakouts in multiple areas. ...Read more

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Can my gf if she got pregnant trasmit herpes to the baby if its oral? I have a strong immune system i tested IgG 158 but maybe her immune is weak

Can my gf if she got pregnant trasmit herpes to the baby if its oral? I have a strong immune system i tested IgG 158 but maybe her immune is weak

No: After the initial acquisition, the herpes virus will inhabit the tissue sector where it starts.It will then go through cycles of shedding & hibernation. The risk for baby comes from either a primary maternal infection having a blood phase or any shedding phase where the baby is exposed to virus.The genital lesions can sometimes be hard to spot & the OB will be on the lookout for activity. ...Read more

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How is it that immune system can get rid of HPV in body and can't for Herpes? Isn't HPV more harmful and complex than Herpes? What's the difference?

How is it that immune system can get rid of HPV in body and can't for Herpes? Isn't HPV more harmful and complex than Herpes? What's the difference?

Good question: The body's defense systems combats infection to eradicate from the human body, a complex interaction between the host (the body) and the invading orgsnism usually is the case, in case of Herpes, the virus remains dormant, undetected by the immne system radar in some cells and some nerve roots, once body resistance wanes for a reason or another it flares up until the body fights it back ...Read more

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Can genital herpes weaken immune system?

Can genital herpes weaken immune system?

Yes: Any viral infection can weaken your immune system. Also, a weak immune system increases the risk of recurrent outbreaks of HSV. You need to do things to boost your immune system, like eating right, getting plenty of rest, not smoking. Vitamin supplementation is of questionable benefit, but it wouldn't hurt. ...Read more

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I have hsv-1 antibodies in my blood. What does that mean? Am I immune to getting herpes?

I have hsv-1 antibodies in my blood. What does that mean?  Am I immune to getting herpes?

Past exposure: First, remember that hsv-1 is actually quite common as this is the comon "cold sore" on the lip. The antibody in the serum simply implies past exposure. No-one is "mmune" to herpes as the virus can reactivate at times. It is possible for hsv-1 to present as genital herpes, but this is less common as hsv-2. ...Read more

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Had my first oral herpes 1 breakout more than a week ago. Am I immune to get it genitally or my body hasn't had the time to produce enough antibodies?

Had my first oral herpes 1 breakout more than a week ago. Am I immune to get it genitally or my body hasn't had the time to produce enough antibodies?

Herpes Types I & II: Herpes is a virus that we used to classify as Type I(oral) and Type II (genital). However with sexual practices, Type I can end up in a Type II location on contact and vice versa. This includes yourself as well as sexual contact with others when the lesions are present. ...Read more