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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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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

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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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If you're immune to cold sores, would it be possible to be immune to genital herpes as well? Seeing as both viruses interconnect?

If you're immune to cold sores, would it be possible to be immune to genital herpes as well?  Seeing as both viruses interconnect?

Herpetic lesions: There is no real immunity to herpes. When you get herpes it lays dormant in the nerve ganglion (central nerve station) Due to stress/ immunocompromised state it recurs. Having herpes I does not protect you from herpes II,they are different, You can also spread herpes I so if you have a lesion on your lip and it touched and then your vaginal is touched it can spread there. f/u w/doc ...Read more

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I have had herpes since 1997, i get it on my face and hands, never anywhere else.I am taking 2400mg of acyclivor every day and am still having outbreaks...Will this damage my liver and can I become immune to this medicine? I am 41 yrs old and female.

I have had herpes since 1997, i get it on my face and hands, never anywhere else.I am taking 2400mg of acyclivor every day and am still having outbreaks...Will this damage my liver and can I become immune to this medicine? I am 41 yrs old and female.

Sure it's herpes?: That's very high dose daily suppressive rx if immune competent; and high end of dosing if immune incompetent. Maybe it's not herpes. Seen a dermatologist? Or infectious disease doc? Could be dermatitis herpetiformis (look alike rash, often associated with celiac sprue), or other underlying immunological issue. There are other anti herpes meds available as well. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes is it possible in a long run u can have HIV If Ur immune system weaken ?

I have genital herpes is it possible in a long run u can have HIV If Ur immune system weaken ?

HIV or HPV?: You can acquire HIV at any time if it is introduced into your body and your immune system doesn't completely destroy the virus. HPV (human papilloma (virus) is a different virus and causes venereal warts with or without the presence of herpes. ...Read more

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Can someone be immune to the herpes simplex virus ? And still have the shingles? If so is there a test you can take to see?

Can someone be immune to the herpes simplex virus ? And still have the shingles? If so is there a test you can take to see?

Painful 1-side rash: Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes virus family. Herpes simplex viruses are also members of the same family but different viruses from herpes simplex. You can have one & not the other. Having antibodies to herpes simplex doesn't prevent you from having shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of chickenpox that a person had previously. There are blood tests for all 3. ...Read more

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Sxs: 8y.O.F. Swollen gums, fever, chills, sores on inflammed tonsils and negative rapid strep test.No history of herpes or compromised immune system. Dx?

Sxs: 8y.O.F. Swollen gums, fever, chills, sores on inflammed tonsils and negative rapid strep test.No history of herpes or compromised immune system. Dx?

Seriously......: These situations require a patient to be personally seen by a physician. Not even the best website\internet service\health care website\diagnostic health software\ computer\ best physician can replace the conventional doctor\patient relationship necessary in order to come up with an accurate diagnosis. Please take her to a pediatrician. Hope she feels better soon. ...Read more

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Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?

Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?

Maybe HSV, not VZV: Shingles rarely recurs so frequently, but HSV2 (genital herpes) can do so, with recurrences anywhere from waist to upper thighs ("boxer shorts" area). 1) Retest next outbreak to confirm varicella zoster virus (VZV), and also PCR test for HSV. 2) Have an HSV IgG antibody test, expecting maybe positive for HSV2. 3) Continue valacylovir to prevent recurrences, whatever the cause. The drugs is entirely nontoxic, no reason not to take it as long as necessary. Good luck! ...Read more

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